Throughout the month of January, our church has focused on social justice. Several issues are included under this umbrella: poverty, racial prejudice, immigration reform, environmentalism, abortion, human trafficking, same-sex unions, and the list goes on. We identify two extremes when it comes to these issues, both of which we consider to be biblically problematic. First, some churches treat these issues as the gospel itself. They are not. The gospel is the message of what Jesus Christ has accomplished for sinners in his life, death, and resurrection. Second, some churches assume that these issues are unimportant to God. This is a faulty assumption. James, the brother of Jesus, explains, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world” (1:27). Believers are called, not to retreat from the world, but to be pure and charitable witnesses.

Below you will find the four sermons from our Justice Awakening series this year. Our prayer is that God will use these words to convict, comfort, melt, and refresh hearts.

Week 1: The Heart of Justice, Donny Butkus (Isaiah 58)

Week 2: Porn-Again Christians: Fighting Human Trafficking by Saying No to Pornography, Dillon Thornton (Matt 5:27-30)

Week 3: A Call to Arms: Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, Gail Holmes (Luke 7:36-47)

Week 4: The Marching Orders of Christ and the Multi-Colored Church: Racial Reconciliation Sunday, Dillon Thornton (Matt 28:16-20)


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