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Matthew 25 resources

Contents

Introduction
Bible Study, Lectionary and Worship Resources
Bulletin Inserts
Videos
Recent Online Matthew 25 Events
About the Matthew 25 Logo
Building Congregational Vitality Resources
Dismantling Structural Racism Resources
Eradicating Systemic Poverty Resources

 

Introduction

 

Matthew 25 Brochure

A quick overview of Matthew 25 and what it means to become a Matthew 25 church.
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Matthew 25 Frequently Asked Questions

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Bible Study, Lectionary and Worship Resources

 

Matthew 25 Bible Study — Introduction

An introduction to the Scripture underlying the Matthew 25 vision for prayer and reflection. This Bible Study is ideal for groups or individual study.
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Worship in a Matthew 25 Church

An adaptable worship service that you can use for discernment or celebration.
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Engaging Matthew 25 Through Film: Dismantling Structural Racism – New!

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Matthew 25 Bible Study — The Gospel and Inclusivity

This study focuses on the fundamental connection between the vitality of our congregations and the work of dismantling racism. This Bible Study can be done alone but could have greater impact when done in a group.
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Bible Studies from the PMA Visioning Process

Bible Study featuring David Gambrell — November 30, 2020
Bible Study featuring Dr. Raj Nadella — December 11, 2020
Bible Study featuring Bridgett Green — January 5, 2021
Bible Study featuring Dr. Obery Hendricks — February 3, 2021
Bible Study featuring Dario Barolin — March 1, 2021
Bible Study featuring Rev Dr Jaime Clark Soles — April 6, 2021
 

“Jesus Be With Us”

Matthew 25 hymn
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Video of Hymn
 

 

Bulletin Inserts

We are now a Matthew 25 congregation!

Videos

 

Matthew 25: Knox Presbyterian Church – Dismantling Structural Racism

Matthew 25: What does poverty look like in America?

Matthew 25: Dismantling Structural Racism

Recorded Matthew 25 Worship Service

Matthew 25: Eradicating Systemic Poverty

Matthew 25: Building Congregational Vitality

 

Matthew 25 began as the focus of the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Mission Work Plan for 2019-2020. That vision continues. The 224th General Assembly affirmed our focus and work towards making the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) a Matthew 25 denomination. The three areas of focus: building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism and eradicating systemic poverty continue to be the lens with which we align our work and vision the future.

Introduction to Matthew 25

Recent Online Matthew 25 Events

 

Matthew 25: Housing – March 24, 2021

Housing/Homelessness/Poverty and Related Issues
Recording of the March 24, 2021 program
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Matthew 25: Eradicating Systemic Poverty (Globally) — October 28, 2020

Global Poverty Resources
Zoom recording of the Oct. 28 program.
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Stony Point Center and Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary course – “Civil Initiative and the Engaged Church ”.

Matthew 25: Eradicating Systemic Poverty (Domestic) — September 16, 2020

Zoom recording of the Sept. 16 program.
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Stony Point Center and Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary course – “Underpinnings of Systemic Poverty”.

Matthew 25: Dismantling Structural Racism — July 29, 2020

Zoom recording of the June 10 program.
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Stony Point Center and Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary course – “Awakening to Structural Racism”.

Matthew 25 Gathering and Commission — June 10, 2020

Zoom recording of the June 10 program.
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Each of the presenting congregations also prepared short videos. Click the church name to watch their videos.

Recommended resources from the program

About the Matthew 25 Logo

The circular shape represents unity and equality. Like God, a circle has no beginning and no end, and it symbolizes our continuing effort to help one another. The shape also suggests a globe that points to our engagement with the world.

The three interlocking figures represent the equality of all people without gender or race bias. They have their arms around each other, symbolizing friendship, protection and service. The number three suggests the three focus areas of congregational vitality, structural racism and systemic poverty, as well as the Trinity.

The color palette is bright, lively, friendly and energetic — suggestive of our active commitment.

Finally, the legend “Matthew 25” below the symbol is the literal identification of the mark. We use a handwritten font to make the point that active engagement in the world requires human effort.

Graphics you can use

“We are a Matthew 25 Church” oval badge
Matthew 25 Logo — Horizontal with shadows
Matthew 25 Logo — Vertical with shadow
Matthew 25 Logo — Horizontal without shadow
Matthew 25 Logo — Vertical without shadow
Matthew 25 logotype only
Matthew 25 Facebook Cover English | Spanish | Korean
Matthew 25 Twitter Cover English | Spanish | Korean
Matthew 25 Presbytery Facebook Cover English | Spanish | Korean
Matthew 25 Presbytery Twitter Cover English | Spanish | Korean
Matthew 25 Yard Sign English | Spanish | Korean

Building Congregational Vitality Resources

Resources for Congregational Vitality

From the Book of Confessions, the Directory for Worship, the Book of Common Worship. Includes hymn suggestions from the Glory to God Presbyterian Hymnal.
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Curriculum, study guides, manuals, tool kits, policy statements

(1) The work of the PC(USA)’s Vital Congregations office is to help congregations and mid councils deepen their discipleship and take faithful action in their community and around the world. Still in its pilot phase, Vital Congregations initiative has these resources available:

(2) Starting New Worshiping Communities Guide – New and varied forms of church for our diverse and changing culture

(3) Engage Curriculum to help churches become relevant again

(4) Called to Mission: Finding Our Place in God’s Mission – tools and resources for getting involved in international mission work

Videos and films

(1) Ebenezer Church

(2) New Creation Church

(3) Hope Presbyterian Church

(4) Light of Hope Presbyterian Church – Building Congregation Vitality

Books

(1) InterGenerate: Transforming Churches through Intergenerational Ministry by Holly Catterton Allen and Jason Brian Santos. Why and how we should bring generations back together.

(2) Light to the Nations: The Missional Church and the Biblical Story by Michael W. Goheen. Practical suggestions for contemporary churches.

(3) Shift: Three Big Moves for the 21st Century Church by Mark E. Tidsworth. Building disciples in your church.

Magazines and articles

(1) Presbyterians Today – Denominational magazine of the PC(USA)

(2) Horizons – The magazine of Presbyterian Women

(3) Mission Crossroads – The magazine of Presbyterian World Mission

 

Dismantling Structural Racism Resources

 

Resources for Structural Racism

From the Book of Confessions, the Directory for Worship, the Book of Common Worship. Includes hymn suggestions from the Glory to God Presbyterian Hymnal.
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Sermons

(1) The biblical foundation for our anti-racism work, a sermon by Samuel Son

Curriculum, study guides, manuals, tool kits, policy statements

(1) Facing Racism: A Vision of the Intercultural Community Antiracism Policy approved by the 222nd General Assembly (2016).

(2) Facing Racism: A Vision of the Interculrural Community Antiracism Study Guides. Series of six study guides appropriate for hour-long discussion.

(3) The Confession of Belhar. Added to the Book of Confessions by action of the 222nd General Assembly (2016). A call for reconciliation and a condemnation of racial injustice.

Videos and films

(1) Flint: The Poisoning of an American City. Documentary follows environmental racism that contributed to lead poising of children and families in Flint, Mich.

(2) Sacred Conversations on Race

(3) Women of Faith who Challenge Systemic Racism and Oppression: Liz Theoharis

(4) Knox Presbyterian Church – Dismantling Structural Racism

Books

(1) No Innocent Bystanders: Becoming an Ally in the Struggle for Justice by Shannon Craigo-Snell and Christopher Doucot. Looks at the role of allies in social justice movements.

(2) Anxious to Talk About It: Helping White Christians Talk Faithfully about Racism by Carolyn B. Helsel. If talking about racism makes you anxious, afraid, or even angry, you’re not alone. Learn to talk about racism with courage and compassion.

(3) Race in a Post-Obama America: The Church Responds by David Maxwell and Otis Moss III. This book offers concerned Christians the chance to clarify terms and issues around racism and discern how to respond.

Magazines and articles

(1) Presbyterians Today – see especially October/November 2017, “Facing Racism: Stories and Resources”

(2) Horizons – see especially July/August 2015, “Mission and Racism”

(3) “Mission is a Mysterious Field: Racism against Roma people,” Presbyterian News Service, January 14, 2013.

Events and Celebrations

(1) Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January)

(2) Celebrate Race Relations/Racial and Intercultural Justice Sunday (January)

(3) Celebrate Intercultural Church Day (June)

 

Eradicating Systemic Poverty Resources

 

Theological Resources for Systemic Poverty

From the Book of Confessions, the Directory for Worship, the Book of Common Worship. Includes hymn suggestions from the Glory to God Presbyterian Hymnal.
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Curriculum, study guides, manuals, tool kits, policy statements

(1) Study and Devotional Guide on the Sustainable Development Goals of the U.N. to end poverty, fight inequalities and mitigate climate change.

(2) Presbyterian Hunger Program curriculum – Considering our Treasure: A Reflection on Embracing God’s Economy

(3) Presbyterian World Mission Short-Term Mission Trip Toolkit

(4) 6 Ways to End Hunger and Its Causes (3-page resource)

Videos and films

(1) Matthew 25 church in Southern California works to end poverty at a homeless encampment

(2) Presbyterian Giving Catalog 5 Year Anniversary

(3) One Great Hour of Sharing

(4) What is Self-Development of People Sunday?

Books

(1) Reading the Bible with the Damned by Bob Ekblad. This book is full of examples of how Scripture changes lives for those who attend Bible studies and for those who lead them.

(2) The Biblical Jubilee and the Struggle for Life: An Invitation to Personal Ecclesial and Social Transformation by Ross Kinsler and Gloria Kinsler. This book challenges our response as Jesus’ disciples to growing economic and social disparities around us.

(3) Always with Us?: What Jesus Really Said about the Poor by Liz Theoharis. Theoharis reinterprets “the poor you will always have with you” to show that it is actually one of the strongest biblical mandates to end poverty.

Magazines and articles

(1) Presbyterians Today – Denominational magazine of the PC(USA)

(2) Horizons – The magazine of Presbyterian Women

(3) Mission Crossroads – The magazine of Presbyterian World Mission

Events and Celebrations

(1) Volunteer. Live into the teachings of Matthew 25 by exploring disaster rebuilding mission trip opportunities sponsored by Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.

(2) Poor People’s Campaign