jesus and justice

ICE BREAKER (start here)

Do you remember the first thing that you saw,  read, or experienced that caused you to think and feel that the world is not a just or fair place?

intro (read aloud before the discussion)

We are continuing our Irresistible series. One of the reasons why Jesus was so irresistible was because he stood for justice and stood against oppression in every form. He still does, by his Spirit, in and through his willing Church–his people on earth.

SERMON DISCUSSION (Use as a guide for dialogue, let God lead, and read the verses aloud)

Have you ever felt discriminated against?

Have you ever seen someone be discriminated against?

Read Matthew 12:17-21. What part of this Isaiah prophecy concerning the ministry of Jesus stands out to you? Why?

Did you know that many first-century Jews practiced segregation concerning “gentile dogs” and “half-breed Samaritans”? How does knowing that cast light on the story in John 4 where Jesus is hanging out with the “Samaritan” woman?

Read Matthew 12:19-20. Talk about how Jesus fought for justice. How did he stand up against oppression? Talk about the difference between fighting injustice with a sword and fighting injustice in a cross-shaped way.

Do you see injustice, racism, or discrimination in America, the church, your family of origin, or in your heart?

What is God calling you to do as a disciple of Jesus within your sphere of influence?

MINISTRY TIME (Invite the Spirit of God to come – “Come Holy Spirit”)

Pray for those on the receiving end of injustice. Cry out to God for justice. Have a time of repentance. Ask God for wisdom for what you are uniquely called to do as disciples of Jesus.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION (This is a weekly practice as we seek to become more like Jesus)

King David talks about searching the hidden places in our hearts to see if there is any sin within us. There are things we are aware of and things we are not yet aware of. Allow God to search your heart this week. Allow him to show you things that you may not want to see, and allow him to further break your heart for the things that break his.

daily reading

Luke 13 | Psalm 125
Luke 14 | Psalm 126
Luke 15 | Psalm 127
Luke 16 | Psalm 128
Luke 17 | Psalm 129
Luke 18 | Psalm 130