What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:14-17
As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace. Whoever preaches, let it be with the words of God; whoever serves, let it be with the strength that God supplies, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:10-11
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 16:58
Reaching out to others, both members in community, their families, and those people outside our community is part of our Christian social responsibility. The scripture verses above set out guidelines for living out the Golden Rule as we reach out to others.
Social transformation begins with self, then family, then community and workplace before any changes can be felt in society as a whole, in the nation and world. Such transformational advocacies should be based on love, truth, and justice.
1. How are you living out the Golden Rule in your life? Please be as specific as possible.
2. In what ways can you live out the Golden Rule in the BCBP Community? In your Action Group?
3. The other three scripture selections guide us in living out the Golden Rule. What are these guidelines? Do you agree, or disagree? Will these guidelines be useful and practical in your life?
4. What other scripture selections are you familiar with that also give guidelines for living out the Golden Rule?