First Presbyterian Church Omaha is a Matthew 25 Church
“Matthew 25” is an initiative of the Presbyterian Church (USA) that encourages congregations to take on Jesus’ calling from Matthew 25 in the Bible’s New Testament:
I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me. – Matthew 25:40 (NLT)
What is a Matthew 25 Church?
Matthew 25:31-46 calls all believers to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities. A Matthew 25 church is called to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor. Churches work toward one or more of three goals: building congregational vitality, dismantling structural racism and eradicating systemic poverty.
What does a Matthew 25 church look like when…?
… building congregational vitality?
A Matthew 25 church that strives for congregational vitality is active and deeply involved in the mission of God in their community and the world. The church is powerfully focused on growing as disciples in the way of Jesus Christ.
… dismantling structural racism?
A Matthew 25 church addresses structural racism by actively working with policymakers to change laws and policies that promote housing discrimination, deny access to quality education, employment, adequate health care, food scarcity, mass incarceration, school-to-prison pipeline and environmental racism.
… working to eradicate systemic poverty?
A Matthew 25 church becomes aware and works to eradicate structures in society that all but guarantees that people living in poverty will stay that way. Systemic poverty refers to the economic exploitation of people who are poor through laws, policies, practices and systems that perpetuate the impoverished status.
So … Let’s Go and Walk for Housing Assistance in Omaha!
Date: October 8, 2023
Location: 34th and Farnam Streets
Route: 1.26 miles through Dewey Park and Blackstone neighborhoods
Registration – Noon to 1 p.m.
Walk – 1 p.m. with block party to follow