Matthew 25 in the PC(USA)
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. – Matthew 25:35
We are called to live out Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 25 to serve our neighbors in need. The Matthew 25 Initiative focuses on tackling challenges of systemic racism and poverty both locally and globally.
Matthew 25 Overview: The Matthew 25 initiative was created by the Presbyterian Mission Agency and seeks to encourage and equip PC USA churches across the country to be actively engaged in the world in tangible ways. The goal is for followers of Jesus of all ages to put feet to faith, hands to hope and legs to love. At Highland, we believe that we all have gifts and talents to share as we reach out to our community.
The mission of Matthew 25 flows from the words of Jesus when he declared, “whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me.” Following these words, the Matthew 25 initiative invites individuals and congregations to act with boldness and compassion to serve those in need in their community, congregation, and in the world.
Education and self-reflection play an important role in this process. Individuals and churches are encouraged to begin from a place of humility and listening before moving to informed action.
How can I get involved?
We have put together a congregation-wide 21-day awareness challenge devotional includes an article or video to watch that focus on the topics of systemic poverty and structural racism. The goal is that by the end of 21 days you will have grown in your awareness of the world, had time for intentional self-reflection and be energized to put your faith into action in new and important ways. Please find the PDF version of the 21-Day challenge below for your useage.