05 January 2007

More than 2,000 Bible verses can't be ignored!

Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF) has released a new Bible Study Pack for Lent and beyond, entitled 'What does the Bible say about poverty?', to help small groups get to the heart of the Bible's teaching on poverty.

'No other issue is talked about more throughout the Bible than attitudes to poverty and wealth. As Christians, we know that we have a responsibility to act alongside those in need, but often have only a vague idea of how strongly our faith calls us to do so,' explained Amanda Norman, MRDF's Supporter Relations Director. 'Action to make poverty history urgently needs to become part of our daily lives.'

In her introduction to the Study Pack, theologian Frances Young writes: 'It is one of those themes which is always relevant, because no generation seems to have managed to create a fairer distribution of resources. Jesus said, 'The poor you have always with you.' But that is no excuse for doing nothing. I recommend this study for Lent. It should help you to listen more closely to what the Bible has to say about poverty and to find new and exciting ways to respond.'

'What does the Bible say about poverty?' contains material for six interactive and engaging sessions. It includes Bible readings, activities, action ideas, creative prayers and discussion questions. Examples from MRDF's development partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America help to bring the issues to life.

'What does the Bible say about poverty?' is designed for house groups, youth groups and other small study groups. The Study Pack is free and has accompanying notes for group leaders.

MRDF hopes that 'What does the Bible say about poverty?' will encourage discussion and reflection but, most importantly, help individuals and churches to take positive action to tackle poverty.

'What does the Bible say about poverty?' booklets for group members, with accompanying leaders' notes, are available free from: MRDF, 25 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5JR or 020 7467 5132 or mrdf@methodistchurch.org.uk. The pack can also be downloaded from www.mrdf.org.uk.

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