Do Justice

“When Jesus returns there will be ultimate justice, until then it’s just us.”

In the new year, we love to make new plans, embrace new dreams, set new goals.  But have you ever stopped to wonder what God desires for you in 2022? Or what does God desire for His church?  Before you finalize your 2022 plans listen to what God says He requires of us: “He has shown you…what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” [ Micah 6:8]. Join us for a powerful New Year series and discover how 2022 can be the most fulfilling, impactful, purposeful year of your life.

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JUST US Part 1

 

"When Jesus returns there will be ultimate justice, but until then it’s just us." - Dr. Efrem Smith 

 

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8

 

God’s will for our life is CLEARwe tend COMPLICATE it so we don’t have to OBEY it.

 

DO JUSTICE

 

Two Major Problems in the Evangelical Church: 

 

View #1: Justice is not my CALLING.

 

View: #2: SECULAR Justice is my CALLING.

 

See Tim Keller’s Article:  A Biblical Critique Secular Justice & Critical Theory

https://quarterly.gospelinlife.com/a-biblical-critique-of-secular-justice-and-critical-theory/

 

Biblical Justice: As RESISTANCE & RESTORATION

 

Mishpat [Justice] – Carries the sense of true religion; it is the proper personal response to God that manifest itself in social concern, equity and the well-being of all God’s creation especially the poor, the powerless & the voiceless. 

 

Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice.  Defend the oppressed.  Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.

Isaiah 1:16-17

 

Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

James 1:26-27

 

The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no such concern.

Proverbs 29:7 

 

The righteous (saddiq) are willing to disadvantage themselves to advantage the community; the wicked are willing to disadvantage the community to advantage themselves.

  • Bruce Waltki, Old Testament Scholar

 

  • PERSONAL

 

  • SOCIAL

 

  • JUDICIAL

 

  • FINACIAL

 

APPLICATION

 

  • Resist a QUICK-FIX Mindset. Jeremiah 6:13-15

 

 

  • Respond first with CONFESSION. Matthew 7:1-5

 

 

  • Take a step this week to DO JUSTICE. Matthew 25:31-46

 

Scripture

  • Micah 6:8
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