Talk Purpose: This talk will help students think compassionately about the homeless and give them a vision for what it looks like to see potential in everyone regardless of their situation.

Problem: Society views people of poverty and the homeless as useless individuals who are lazy and unable to contribute.

Point: Jesus often had compassion on broken people. Many of the miracles and teachings of Jesus were about helping those who were down and out. Jesus not only met them at their point of need but extended himself authentically to them in relational depth that brought hope and healing. You never look more like Jesus than when you love those who no one else wants to love.

Passage: John 5:1-14 as well as John 9:1-15, 24-34

Illustration: Homeless Man with Golden Radio Voice is a youtube video of a Ted WIlliams a man in Columbus Ohio. Everything within you will tell you to not believe it’s real… but it is. I love his honesty, brokenness. and hope. Hat tip for this video goes to Joshua Blankenship. Everything within you will want this guy to win. It will help you and your students see humanity and God’s design. Like Josh said, “I want to be this guys friend.”

Transition to Illustration: The man at the pool of Bethesda as well as the blind man were very much like the people you see in out town who have no home, no bed, and no help. Like “all” of us they were broken and hurt from things they would have never wanted for themselves. When Jesus saw them he was moved to take action. As you watch this video imagine what Jesus would say or do for this man.

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2 Responses to “BEHIND THE SIGN”

  1. Brian Kirk January 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this. FYI: here is a follow up to the story and the good things that have happened for this man:

  2. Alan Johnston January 7, 2011 at 9:25 am #

    I’m sure it’s probably available elsewhere by now, but when you click this link, it says “this video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by the Dispatch.”

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