Making biblical sense of social justice  

Do you suspect the Social Justice Warriors don’t actually understand social justice? Do you find yourself pulling back from justice issues because of cynical, manipulative, wrong-headed activists? Do you know God has high expectations about justice but don’t see how it fits with your theology?

Journey into Justice will help you see justice in the biblical context of redemption, salvation, discipleship, and mission. You will be able to explain social justice in a way your congregation can embrace — and mobilize them into action that transforms lives and communities. Click here to read it for free.

Contents
Foreword: Connecting the dots
Introduction: Why do so many care so little?
The journey begins ‘in the beginning’
Whispers of rebellion in the Garden
God’s agenda is rescue
God redeems captives
Lion of Judah, Lamb of God
‘Turn from your sins’ ‘
Believe this good news!’
Our journey toward salvation
Jesus calls us to whatever it takes
The cost of salvation
‘Multiply and fill the earth’
Under orders from the King
‘What must I do?’
In captivity and exile
Living in Babylon
God works to overcome injustice
Jesus did justice for you
The key to doing justice
‘On earth as it is in heaven’
Now what?

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When distress, heartache, and weakness overwhelm us

Are you distressed this morning? Does your heart ache over troubles in this world? Are you confronted at every turn by your weakness? Do you wonder if God is punishing you because of your failures and shortcomings? Perhaps you think others look at you sideways and think to themselves, “He’s got no one but himself to blame.”

Two thoughts, from God’s lips to your ears:

— Someone else has already carried this burden; you don’t need to shoulder it yourself. People thought Messiah was being punished for his own sins, when in fact “he was beaten so we could be whole; he was whipped so we could be healed.” (Isaiah 53:4-5) Give over your weak, weary, burdened heart to Jesus. Why would anyone continue to lug around a load that someone else already has carried to its destination? Jesus offers you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

— Your suffering is not meaningless. In the Upside-Down Kingdom, troubles are an opportunity for joy. In the moment, the weight is hard to bear, but the Lord will use the trouble to refine your faith and increase your endurance, so his work in you can be completed. (James 1:2-4) And when you suffer because you are seeking the Kingdom, the pain takes on a cosmic significance. Paul said he was glad to suffer for the advancing Kingdom, because that meant he was participating in the continuing sufferings of Christ himself on behalf of his body, the church. (Colossians 1:24)

Dear brothers and sisters, the Lord himself said we will have many trials and sorrows here on earth. He told us that so we can have peace in him. When it feels like the world is about to overcome you, Jesus whispers in your ear: “Take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

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