10 Preaching Points to Talk about God's Heart for Refugees

by Church Resource Team on October 16, 2015


There are now more refugees in the world than at any time in recorded history. More than half of these refugees are children. The Syrian Refugee Crisis is the greatest forced migration of people since World War II, the Church needs to stand in the gap, by demonstrating the love and compassion of Christ. We've developed these 10 preaching points you can use to teach your congregation about God's heart for the refugee and how He calls us to care about their needs. These preaching points are a part of our Refugee Sunday, visit our site to find out how your church can get resources.
 
1. Even though you will not find the word “refugee” in the Scriptures, God’s People are
sojourners. We all are refugees in a land to which we don’t ultimately belong. We are citizens
of a Kingdom whose King is God (“Metoicos” – Resident Aliens). (see Gen. 3:22; Gen. 37-46; 1
Chron 29:15-16; Heb. 11; Acts 7; Phil 3:20-21)

2. A common theme of Scripture is God’s care for the foreigner, widow and orphan. (see Lev.
19:32-34; Deut 10:18-19; 27:19; 24:17-22; Psa 9:9: Psa 105; Psa 146:9; Prov 28:27; Isa 25:4;58:6-
11; James 1:27)

3. Conflict that often preempts mass or solitary migration does not have the last word. God
often uses the movement of people to His good purpose. (Acts – the life of the early Church)

4. God identifies with the refugee (in Egypt after his birth), he understands the life of the
sojourner. They are made in His image (see Gen 1:26,28; Psa 107; Matt 2:19-21; Matt 8:20, Matt
12:1; Matt 25:31-46)

5. There are no boundaries in reaching out to the foreigner, sojourner in our midst. (see Isa
58:6-9; John 4:4-42; Luke 10:25-37)

6. God Expects the nations to treat refugees/foreigner just like their native born, as they
themselves wish to be treated. (Lev 19:34: Num 15:16; Deut 23:15; Is 16:3-5)

7. In Christ we are no longer strangers, but beloved children and heirs according to His
promise. (see Eph 2:11-22, 19; Gal 3:29)

8. The stranger affords God’s people the opportunity to show hospitality. We are to stand up
for the refugee, sharing of our resources even to the point of selling our possessions in order
that they may have enough (see Gen 18; Ex 2, Deut 24:19-21; 14:28-29; 26:12; I Kings 17:7-16;
Josh 20; Jer. 5:5-7; Luke 9:3-5; Luke 12:33; Rom 12:13; Heb 13:2, 1 Pet 4:9)

9. God’s people are deemed obedient followers and blessed when they show compassion to
the foreigner and stranger. (Josh 20; Heb 13:1-2; Deut 24:19-21; Deut 27:19; Is 58:6-11; Matt
25:31-46; Luke 14:13-14)

10. Hospitality is a sign of a grateful and obedient heart (Luke 14:12; Acts 4:32; Rom 12:13) 

Your church can respond to the worst humanitarian crisis in the world today by hosting a Refugee Sunday.

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