Justice: part 2. Jesus was always promoting fairness, equity and inclusion. He would bring in the outsiders, the marginalised, the forgotten. If we as the church have experienced God’s kindness towards us, how can we in turn express it to the people around us?
Justice: part 1. Looking at the issue of justice through the story of the woman at the well: a person who was not only part of a racially hated group, but socially excluded from her own community. Jesus steps across the radical, cultural and moral barriers of the day and meets her with compassion.
Looking at Genesis 16 & 21: Hagar was an outsider, cast away from the family. But still God saw her, chose her, made provisions and promised to be with her. He rescued her son from death and made incredible plans for his future.
Singleness is becoming much more common in the world around us. Fewer people are getting married, and those that do get married later in life. So is singleness good? Is it a problem to be solved or a gift to be received?
The Bible may teach a ‘traditional’ sexual ethic, but it never de-humanises, mistreats, undervalues, or leaves people feeling unloved. Jesus led with love, and it’s that’s love that brought people to the glorious light of the gospel.
Transgender has become a huge issue in the last 12 months with Time Magazine describing it as the ‘next civil rights frontier’. So how should we love and serve people whose experience of their gender doesn’t fit with their biological sex?
How do we discern who deserves our help and how do we apply the Bible’s references to the poor in 21st Century Britain?
What approach to marriage is best for a country? How should we think about civil partnerships, divorce, same-sex weddings, remarriage, and making laws about it all?
What is justice? Who should be pursuing it? How? Where? What implications does that have for everyone?