06/10/20 - Seek Justice

This week, with all that has been happening in the country, we would like to continue the conversation about Justice, Race, Grace, Love, Respect for Authority and how we can find hope in God's Word. The tough part about our culture is it pushes you to pick sides and only listen to those who agree with you. Most teens tend to have their worldview informed on the issues listed above from social media or their friend groups. We want to take a step back and ask, what does the Bible say, and how do I apply that to these situations. In this video from John Piper, we will look at the idea that “Race isn't just a social issue. It's a blood issue that undermines and rejects the work of Christ on the cross.” Hopefully, instead of picking sides on an issue, we can grow in seeking justice, loving mercy, walking humbly/listening well, showing grace, respecting our authorities, and letting the gospel shape how we think instead of culture or our own opinions.

Scripture Passages: Micah 6:8, Amos 2:6-7, Romans 13:1-5, James 1:9-10
Main Point: The Gospel helps us to have hope, so we can seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly.
Discussion Questions
  1. Have you ever been in a spot where you were part of the minority? Describe that experience, how did that feel? 
  2. What was something you learned, or stood out, or questions you had from today’s lesson?
  3. How does the Good News about Jesus push us to not take political sides but to seek justice, respect, be humble, understand different perspectives, and do right towards all, especially those in the minority?
  4. Read Amos 26b-7a - There is no mention of “criminal” activity in this verse. How were the poor being abused or not shown justice? (Injustice in this description is turning away from the poor, and living a life of ease, comfort, and luxury, in the face of their suffering)
  5. Read Romans 13:1-5 - Why is it important to submit to governing authorities and show respect for them (including police)? According to vs 3-4, Why is it important to stand against injustice (like what happened in Minneapolis)?
  6. Read James 1:9-10 - How does this verse help us not take our identity in our “place” in society? What are some ways? Why is this important in our view of ourselves and others?
  7. Read Micah 5:8 How do all 3 of these themes fit together? How do they fit with the verses above? How does our culture cherry pick these themes?
  8. What are some ways you can start to learn about other people’s perspectives (especially those in minority culture)?
  9. How can you start to show that all people have dignity and worth because they are created in God’s image? (Note: not all ideas are equal, but all people are equal, not all outcomes should be equal, but all people should be treated equally). 
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