Read Isaiah 1:17 and James 1:27
Learn to do good.
Help the oppressed.
Defend the cause of orphans.
Fight for the rights of widows.
- Isaiah 1:17 (NLT)
Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
- James 1:27 (NLT)
1. What action words do you see in Isaiah 1:17?
2. What specific groups of people are mentioned in that same verse?
3. What type of religion is described in James 1:27?
Today’s verses come from two different parts of the Bible, written more than 700 years apart. Yet they both point to God’s heart for the vulnerable. Help, defend, fight, care – all of these words are used to describe our call as Jesus followers to serve those in vulnerable situations, including orphans and the fatherless. Caring for them means meeting their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs.
There are many ways we can do that, but it starts first with asking God to break our hearts for what breaks His. To soften us and open our understanding of the needs around us.
As a church, we have a huge heartbeat for vulnerable children, and one way we feel called to make a difference is through our Foster and Adoption Ministry, which serves families and children in Indiana. Here are some ways you can partner with us:
What You Can Do
If you’re not familiar with our Foster and Adoption Ministry, spend a few minutes learning more about it at tpcc.org/fam. On this page, you’ll see ways to serve those who are vulnerable, as well as those who are on the front lines of meeting their needs.
How You Can Pray
Pray for the foster families that are serving kids in vulnerable circumstances. They’re on the front lines of trying to show the gospel in a real way. It’s often very messy and hard, and the holidays can be especially difficult for both the kids and the families. Pray that God’s presence would be felt and His love would be seen.