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May Justice Reign 2013

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For the past 3 years, we’ve given the month of May to the topic of Biblical Justice.  Theologians, film screenings, and practical experiences will immerse us into this topic and shape our understanding from a Biblical perspective.


What is the role of the church in fighting the injustices of the world? This year, we set aside the entire month of May, once again, to discuss this, learn about God’s heart for justice and step into places He asks the church to be involved. Our cause is to experience and express the essence of Jesus and this is fully realized as we step into the vulnerable, marginalized and risky places of injustice.|bg=f7f5f0|bgcolor=f7f5f0

Teacher :: Jake Schwein
Text :: Matthew 25:31-46
Date :: May 5, 2013
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Part 2: Justice, Jesus & Structure

Integrating theology and spirituality with cultural sensitivity stands at the center of Dr. Metzger’s ministry vision. Dr. Metzger is Professor of Christian Theology and Theology of Culture at Multnomah Biblical Seminary of Multnomah University where he also directs The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins. He has been active in intercultural ministry in churches in the States, Japan, and England. Dr. Metzger is the author of many books including, The Gospel of John: When Love Comes to Town (InterVarsity Press, 2010); Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church (Eerdmans, 2007); and The Word of Christ and the World of Culture: Sacred and Secular through the Theology of Karl Barth (Eerdmans, 2003). Dr. Metzger has developed a strategic ministry partnership with Dr. John M. Perkins titled, “Drum Majors for Love, Truth and Justice.” The Metzgers have two children.|bg=f7f5f0|bgcolor=f7f5f0

Teacher :: Paul Metzger
Text :: John 4:1-25
Date :: May 12, 2013
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Part 3: Four Tenants of Everyday Justice

As we go through our lives, there is injustice all around us. Whether it is in the neighborhood we live, in the red clay of Africa or in the office we work, God has called us to be a people of justice. By looking at the life of Jesus, we see a pattern begin to emerge as he walked amongst the poor, vulnerable and marginalized of society. This pattern is a perfect example for how we should engage with the world and do justly.|bg=f7f5f0|bgcolor=f7f5f0

Teacher :: Jake Schwein
Text :: Mark 8:1-9; Matthew 20:29-34; Matthew 9:35-38
Date :: May 27, 2013
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What sustains and keeps one focused on the work of justice? In this message, we will look at the theological concepts of justification and regeneration and how once they are understood should compel us to step into the the misery and margins. Justice work must flow out a grateful understanding of how we have been given a new heart and have been made righteous by grace through faith.|bg=f7f5f0|bgcolor=f7f5f0

Teacher :: Jake Schwein
Text :: Romans 3:21-26; Romans 5:1-11; Ezekiel 36:26-27; 2 Corinthians 5:15-21; James 2:14-26
Date :: June 2, 2013
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Final Thoughts: Looking Ahead

If God is stirring something in your heart, please contact one of the staff you are comfortable with. We welcome the conversation and opportunity to process with you what God is up to in your heart and life. Visit our leadership page for contact information.