Over the last month we have been in a sermon series on the book of Daniel called, "The Strength of Knowing God." If I asked you to list some ways you can pursue knowing God, how would you respond? "Reading the Bible and praying" would likely make the list. It would be great to add, "Worshiping together on Sunday morning." Or maybe even, "Joining a small group of other Christians to live life together."
The prophet Jeremiah would add something else to the list: serve the poor and needy. He communicates this when he was rebuking a king named Jehoiakim, who had succeeded his father, Josiah. In Jeremiah chapter 22, verses 15–16, Jeremiah compares the two men by saying to Josiah's son, "‘Does it make you a king to have more and more cedar? Did not your father have food and drink? He did what was right and just, so all went well with him. He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is this not what it means to know me?' declares the LORD." Jesus himself became poor so that we might know him, and we may know him more fully by becoming proximate to the poor—serving them, loving them, defending their cause.
This Sunday City Church welcomes Dick Druary to lead us in a lunch seminar on Serving Our City's Homeless. At first this may not sound at all like an opportunity to know God, but again, God's Word reveals it is exactly that! So, I hope you will join us to that end.
Dick has served as Director of the Star of Hope Men's Development Center for nineteen years. He will share some of his own personal story, while also providing us with some training on the most effective ways to serve and defend the cause of the poor and needy, our city's homeless population. This will be similar to the training he led our deacons through a few months ago, which was very helpful. You'll also have a chance to meet our deacons and enjoy a delicious lunch at Andalucia, which is located on street level, on the other side of the fountain outside the House of Blues restaurant. Come grow with us as we seek to know God in a more intimate way.