“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”   Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Letter from a Birmingham Jail.

Most of us accept this statement as true, but struggle with how to do justice in our community.  Here is practical guidance.

Attend Restore 117 to receive practical tools to do justice in your community.

The best place to start is to attend Restore 117.  You will meet others passionate about doing justice in their community, learn how to integrate the gospel and justice, engage students in doing justice, provide immigrant safety plans, protect families caught in the court system, remove barriers for formerly incarcerated neighbors, and much more.

For more information visit our prior blog post – Want to be equipped to do something about injustice?

Each workshop provides practical tools for you to implement immediately in your neighborhood.

Better understand where the cross meets the street as the gospel does justice in community

The Bible could be titled, Restore.  Genesis provides a beautiful picture of perfect creation.  God created and it was good.  Then man broke that perfect peace and justice.  We rebelled against God.  Sin entered the world giving birth to injustice and brokenness.  Evicted from Eden, the remainder of the Bible is about God seeking to restore relationship with man.

The 39 books of the Old Testament point toward a Messiah that will restore the throne of David, “His government and its peace will never end.  He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity.”  Isa. 9:7a (NLT)

Jesus is that Messiah.  He ushered in a new kingdom of peace, justice and righteousness.  His atoning death brings us peace and by his wounds we are healed. Isa. 53:5.  As a result we can be restored in relationship with God by faith because of His grace.  In turn, His grace makes us just.  His grace invites us into His Kingdom of justice which is seeking to restore all that is broken in this world.  One day that will happen perfectly when our King returns to establish his reign.  Until that day comes we are to work toward restoring others.

117 helps us understand God’s desire for us to do justice in our community.

I have heard many Christians quote Isaiah 1:17 without Isaiah 1:18 or the other way around.  One verse represents justice, the other the gospel.  We need both to pursue justice for all.

“Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.” Isa. 1:17NLT

“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord.  “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow.  Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.”  Isa. 1:18 NLT

Doing justice in our community effectively requires a recognition that the gospel and justice are inseparable agents of restoration.

Gospel Justice provides practical guidance to do justice in our community.

I am leading a workshop on living the gospel through compassion and justice.  Receive practical tools for studying the book gospel justice and going deeper in understanding God’s heart.  Justice for the poor and vulnerable is the second most prominent theme in Scripture.  If it matters that much to God, then it should matter to us.

Noel Castellanos will lead our day challenging us on the intersection of the cross and the street.  He will help us seek justice through an incarnational understanding of the gospel that compels us to do justice in our neighborhood.  Workshops will provide experiential learning opportunities and practical tools for doing justice with the love of God.  Matt Soerens will guide us through practical justice issues including immigration and refugees.  And I will close our time inspiring us to love mercy, seek justice and bring gospel justice to our neighbors in need.

Don’t miss Restore 117 for practical tools to fuel your passion to do justice in your community.

Use the code “Blog” to save 10% on registration.  Bring a group from your church or join other friends.  You will be inspired and equipped to do justice together.

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