We tend to associate philanthropy with figures like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and Phil Knight. We forget, however, that God is the first and ultimate philanthropist (Titus 3:4). He has shown his love for mankind by sending his Son and pouring out his Spirit. Those who have experienced God’s philanthropy are called to do likewise, abounding in good toward all. Christian Philanthropy is a timely challenge for professing believers to make philanthropy a basic part of their lives.
Throughout Scripture we see a transcendent God who draws intimately close to the vulnerable, the oppressed, the lonely, and the fatherless. Dr. Jeon’s charge to recover the church’s call to do likewise should move us to repentance. Through thoughtful reflections on the mercy we have received in Christ, he exhorts us to live out a faith that matters by making abundant good works a necessary outworking of our faith.
Director of Mercy, NewCity Church