EASTER OUTREACH

Following the Example of Christ

This Easter, join us as we follow Jesus' mandate of servanthood.

Throughout the Easter season, we are going to focus on collectively serving our community in the ways that Jesus wanted us to in Matthew 25. 

Why Serve?

Jesus was a servant. He tells us He came not to be served, but to serve. And then He told us to follow His example. Christianity isn't works-based, but the Word of God repeatedly tells us that "Faith without works is dead." It is impossible to follow Jesus without living a life that serves others. 

How are we serving?

This Easter, we are pulling a few key ideas out of Matthew 25 and James 1:


  • We are providing clothing for the naked
  • We are providing food for the hungry
  • Provision for the orphans and widows


Don't stop there, however. Find other ways to be a servant to those around you. Take it a step farther, even, and find a way to serve someone who has done wrong to you!  

The heart behind serving

As you follow Jesus' lead in serving others, keep in mind: He gave us His best, so we should give others our best. Serving should hurt. It should be abrasive to our pride, and humbling. Don't give expired food or worn and tattered clothing. Give in a way that will truly bless the people you are serving, in a way that will show them the depths of the Father's love. 

EASTER OUTREACH FOCUS CALENDAR

Week One | March 7 - 14

"I was naked and you clothed me."


During the first week of Easter at Victory, we will be accepting clothes for one of our ministry partners: With Love From Jesus. Every week, WLFJ opens their doors to the community, and gives out free clothing, food, furniture, and many other essentials. The only requirement for receiving these items is that they must listen to a Gospel Message. We have been partners with WLFJ for many years, and while we are always receiving donations for them, we want to be intentional about providing them with clothing to give out. 


During this week, we encourage you to dig deep. Sure, collect old clothes and shoes that you no longer wear, but also maintain the humble heart of Jesus, and be willing to give the best clothes and shoes as well. Don't give half-heartedly. 


Week Two | March 14 - 21

"For I was hungry and you gave Me food."


For the second week of Easter at Victory,  we are collecting canned/non-perishable foods to be given out by Raleigh Dream Center. The Raleigh Dream Center provides resources to the community through food, clothing, and various other means of support. With a direct, hands-on approach, they reach and make connections with members of the community that need our help. 


Week Three | March 21 - 28

"...to look after orphans and widows in their distress...


During week three of Easter at Victory,  we are doing what James instructed us to do: taking care of the orphans. One of our oldest ministry partners is New Life Ministries, which cares for orphaned children in Russia, and raises them in a Jesus-centered environment! 


Although we regularly provide them with financial support, we want to take it up a notch during this week by collecting special offerings for them. During this week, all donations designated as "alms" will go towards New Life Ministries! Just like before, we encourage you to truly give in a way that hurts - in a way that costs you something. This is how Jesus repeatedly instructed us to give in the Gospels.    

Matthew 25:31-46

 

31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

41 “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’

44 “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

James 1:27

 

27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.