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What Is Mercy Ministry? 

(Basics of the Faith)

Philip Ryken and Noah Toly


Paperback: 40 pages
Publisher: P & R Publishing
Publish Date: March 15, 2013
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1596385189
ISBN-13: 978-1596385184

Many people around us have desperate needs, and the Holy Spirit will not let us sit by and do nothing. This booklet encourages believers to act by pursuing a mercy ministry for their church.


Philip Graham Ryken

Philip Graham Ryken is president of Wheaton College. He is Bible teacher for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, speaking nationally on the radio program Every Last Word. Dr. Ryken was educated at Wheaton College, Westminster Theological Seminary, and the University of Oxford, where he received his doctorate in historical theology. He and his wife, Lisa, have five children.


Noah J. Toly

Noah J. Toly is associate professor of politics and international relations at Wheaton College.


This is the best brief description of the church’s ministry of mercy that I know. The authors lay a concise but rich theological foundation for it, sketch some of its historic forms, and give good practical principles and examples to enable local congregations to get moving. I highly recommend it.

— Tim Keller
Senior Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church


The Basics of the Reformed Faith series of booklets provides us with brief, clear, accurate and edifying introductions to key aspects of Christian life and experience. They are biblically sound, well researched, and written by faithful pastor-teachers.

— J. Ligon Duncan
Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church