Our goal for this series is that we see the intricate relationship between our discipleship and justice, and what God’s justice for our world looks like. As we do this and step out in ways that challenge us as a church and Small Groups, we will see, think and feel differently about people and situations; we would see, think and feel as Jesus does. What a win if we became a more gracious, generous, compassionate people!
This fortnight invites us to dive into Isaiah 58 and explore the relationship between devotion, worship and justice, asking the question: Can we worship God without being people who do justice?
When we reflect on the innumerable people in our community and world who suffer injustice, we can feel discouraged – or we can be full of hope. Justice flows from God’s heart and character but we can’t pursue justice in our own strength. It’s the grace of God at work, through the activity of the Spirit in our hearts, that changes us and makes us people of justice. A both/and life – God desires both our worship of him and that we act justly (which is part of our worship).
(1) The passage of Isaiah 58 shows God speaking to a community of people about acts of justice and worship. It clearly and passionately demonstrates that worship and acts of justice are intrinsically linked; and Matt shared that we are to live a both/and kind of life, rather than either/or.
(2) Matt asked the challenging question: “If someone examined our lives, the totality of our lives, would it be clear that God was at the centre?”
(3) Towards the conclusion of Matt’s sermon, he says, “There are many people across the church globally and in the world that are committed to the idea of justice – that cry out for justice, that advocate for justice on social media – but that aren’t actually working for justice in a meaningful way.”
Share your thoughts with one or two people who can keep you on track. If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]