Because of sin we live in a broken and dysfunctional world. Global issues of poverty, hunger and malnutrition, homelessness, disease, violence, drug trafficking and abuse, and human trafficking face us at every turn. More than ever, there is the need for clarity on what the Bible says about justice. This six-week study looks at God’s mandate to work for justice and mercy, with a focus on what Jesus says about this topic in the book of Luke. It addresses two main questions. First, what is justice? And, secondly, what is our obligation as Christians, both individually and corporately, to be persons of justice? The lessons for each week are divided into two parts: (1) personal study and reflection; and (2) group study.
Dr. Hesselgrave has written what is no doubt an important volume for those who want to continue the journey. The JustMissional Church is about the church rediscovering its call to justice. As Ron explains, justice is a far more rich concept than simply reducing it to the social gospel. It is at the core of God’s character and should therefore characterize the church. As he says, the worship of God cannot be separated from acts of justice. Here is the challenge: “If our lives fail to reflect God’s heart for justice and mercy our songs of praise are only noise in his ears, our offerings and religious observances are meaningless, and our most eloquent prayers are an affront to him.” This is a must read for anyone concerned about the future of the church.