The Heart of Mercy Ministries
Jesus explained that the heart of the Christian life is twofold: loving God and loving our neighbors as ourselves (Lk. 13:27). Upon hearing this, someone asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbour?” (Lk. 13:29). Basically, who is the person I must love? Jesus answered with the Parable of the Good Samaritan. In this parable Jesus tells the story of a Jewish man who was attacked by robbers and left for dead (Lk. 13:30). Whereas the best of the Jewish folk (a Priest and a Levite) walked past him, a Samaritan man stopped, showed compassion, tended his wounds, and paid the Jewish man’s expenses for his recovery (Lk. 13:31-35). Culturally, Jews and Samaritans were enemies and did not mix. However, this Samaritan man, in love, stretched beyond the cultural boundaries to show mercy to this Jewish man. Strikingly, Jesus asks, “which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man…?” The answer: the Samaritan (Lk. 13:35-36). Ultimately, Jesus is the greatest example of this love, Rom. 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us“.
The parable of the Good Samaritan illustrates accurately the focus of mercy ministries at St. Peters. It was compassion born out of a merciful heart that led the Samaritan to stop and minister to the victim’s needs. And it is compassion for those in need that drives the mercy ministries in St. Peters. That’s our aim: to show love and mercy to anyone in need. Mercy ministries is not only about loving one another in the church family, but also loving the stranger, our neighbour.
Our Mercy Ministries
Three factors determine whether a mercy ministry area should be tackled in St Peters; namely a desire to serve, an ability to serve and an opportunity to serve.
To find out more please click on one of the following ministries.