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The poor

… Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute.  Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
Psalm 82:3-4

The announcement that Jesus is Lord is at the heart of justice for the poor and needy.

When we recognise Holy Spirit in one another, inequality starts to fade away.

Can a hand be wealthy and a foot, poor?
No.

When the hand recognises and ministers to the foot, as the same body in Christ, there is a cooperation.

The remnant

You are in Christ

Identity matters.  Unfortunately, the congregation may hear, “You are sinners.”

Of course, Christians can sin, and must not sin.  However, the congregations’ basic Christian identity is “in Christ” and therefore not in sin.

You are members of the remnant

Consciousness of the wider body of Christ matters.  Unfortunately, the congregation may hear, “You are the remnant” without due mind of other churches.

Jesus was “the remnant” and the entire church is in Christ.  So churches are members of the remnant, and there are many other churches.

You have Holy Spirit

If you believe in Jesus, then Holy Spirit lives in you (see also, Getting to Know Holy Spirit).

Unfortunately, people may hear that other Christians do not have Holy Spirit.
Whereas Christians are baptised in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.