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The American church doesn’t primarily suffer from heresy or persecution but from inaction. Jim Martin’s book is more than a call for Christians to practice Christianity; it’s also a road map guiding us from apathy to action. (Richard Stearns, President of World Vision US and author of The Hole in Our Gospel)|Jim Martin understands that following Jesus requires us to move past mere good intentions and into the rewarding adventure of seeking justice and rescue for our neighbors in desperate need. The Just Church not only provides a convincing call to action, but it offers church communities the desperately needed handles to take next steps with clarity and conviction. This is a must-have resource for any who have concern for the oppressed but have felt powerless to act. (Mark Batterson, Lead pastor and New York Times bestselling author)|Justice is about discipleship, and what the world needs most is healthy people following Jesus. Jim Martin loves the local church, and The Just Church is all about equipping and empowering the church to follow where Jesus leads! (Christine Caine, Founder of The A21 Campaign)|If there is an organization with the authority to speak on the church’s pursuit of justice, it is International Justice Mission. If there is a leader with the authority to speak as one who has been there, who has tested it in the local church and seen amazing advances, it is Jim Martin. I wholeheartedly recommend this book! (Ram Gidoomal, Board chair, The Lausanne Movement)|Jim Martin’s profound book suggests that justice is not only about mission, but also about our own discipleship. Along the way there are many stories of both success and failure, all of which become valuable teaching points. The work of IJM around the world is brilliantly inspiring, and so is this book. The Just Church captures the heartbeat of a commitment to Christ and to his justice movement. (Matt Redman, Worship leader and songwriter)|This is the book I have been waiting for―a thoughtful and thought-provoking look at how discipleship and justice work are inextricably connected. If your heart has been broken by the news of slavery and abuse around the world, and if you have ever wondered how you can generate or participate in a sustained response to injustice, read this book! Nothing has stretched and grown my faith like my attempts to take God’s heart for justice seriously. This book is an incredibly inspiring resource for doing just that. (Sara Groves, Singer/songwriter)|Sara Groves, Singer/songwriterThere is so much injustice in our world today, and organizations like International Justice Mission do a huge amount to fight it, particularly through the work they do to free children, women, and men from slavery; bring the perpetrators to justice; set the captives free; and care for them. I welcome this book as it seeks to help churches get more involved in this issue which is so close to God’s heart. (Nicky Gumbel, Vicar, Holy Trinity, Brompton, UK, and developer of the Alpha Course)|An “elephant in the room” is something huge that most people choose to ignore. Biblical justice could be such an elephant. There are few words that occur more often in the Bible, few things that God tells us more often that he passionately cares about. It is something that every biblical genre talks about somewhere―in the Law, the narratives, the Prophets, the Psalms and wisdom literature, the Gospels and Epistles. But how many “Bible-believing” evangelical churches preach, teach, and act upon it in any serious way? Sadly, very few. This heartwarmingly honest book challenges and encourages churches to take such steps―and gives abundant practical and wise advice on how to do so (and how not to). Compassionate, realistic, down-to-earth, and very easy to read, it speaks powerfully into an issue that is a key part of the church’s integral biblical mission and a stark test of the church’s authenticity and integrity. (Christopher J. H. Wright, International director, Langham Partnership)|The Just Church is as practical as it is transformative. It’s about how discipleship and “doing justice” are linked, and can literally change a congregation from the inside out. I can’t wait to get this book into the hands of the small groups in our church―and to the future pastors in our seminary. (Dr. Stephen Hayner, President, Columbia Theological Seminary)|The Just Church is a valuable tool to get the church engaged in raising disciples who will shine the light and love of Jesus into the darkest places on this planet. I love how Jim Martin has connected justice to discipleship and has given us practical steps for its integration within the local body of Christ. My prayer is that the church will not just rise up, but will lead the way in our pursuit of freedom and justice in our generation. I am thankful that this book was written, because this message is needed . . . for such a time as this. (Eddie Byun, Lead pastor, Onnuri English Ministry, Korea)|Deep spiritual maturity―where God is known intimately, where prayer actually feels like the essential lifeline it truly is, and where joy emerges from the profound sense of having “been in on” King Jesus’ work as he does the seemingly impossible―is not a pursuit for the faint of heart. It requires facing risk, fear, failure, and tragedy. But if we want to experience it, this book shows the way. For the justice journey not only brings hope to victims of abuse; it transforms us profoundly along the road. (Dr. Amy L. Sherman, Senior fellow, Sagamore Institute)|The Just Church offers insights into a central topic for the next evangelicalism. By connecting discipleship with justice, Jim Martin reveals the high calling for the church to embody God’s justice for the most vulnerable in the world. Clear and workable insights and strategies highlight a book that will become a standard text for pastors and lay leaders. (Soong-Chan Rah, Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism, North Park Theological Seminary)|As the church embraces her responsibility to “do justice,” we need experienced voices leading us from awareness to action. In The Just Church, Jim Martin develops a comprehensive, practical, and compelling case for how congregations can reflect God’s heart for the most vulnerable across the street and around the world. I highly commend it to you. (Steve Moore, President, Missio Nexus, and author of Who Is My Neighbor?: Being a Good Samaritan in a Connected World)|The Just Church winsomely presents a rare kind of faith that can not only stem apathy, but can also sustain our work in justice. . . . This alone makes the book worth the read! But Jim, through his experiences as a pastor and an activist, also refuses to let us merely simmer in emotion alone, pressing us toward thoughtful, concrete action. Read, then do. (James Choung, Author of True Story: A Christianity Worth Believing In and Real Life: A Christianity Worth Living Out)|The work of compassionate justice is a life-giving expression of the love of God. In this book, Jim provides practical pathways for the church to stay engaged in the work of human care and to embody the very message we all hope to represent. (Charles Lee, CEO, Ideation, and author of Good Idea. Now What?)|Honest, insightful, and hopeful, The Just Church is a great resource for leaders who long for more than good intentions. Filled with practical principles born from on-the-ground experience, Jim paints a compelling picture of what justice engagement can do in the life of a church. With an honesty that is both vulnerable and courageous, Jim names the fears that trip up many well-intentioned starts. The Just Church gives detailed, biblical principles to help churches move forward, wherever they are on the justice journey. A helpful and needed resource! (Nikki Toyama-Szeto, Program director, Urbana Student Missions Conference, and coeditor of More Than Serving Tea)|In a world facing a courage deficit and humility deficit, Martin invites today’s church to both! The Just Church is a brilliant balance of biblical justice teaching, compelling stories of church communities engaged in fighting injustice, and practical tools needed for the journey. It’s an essential resource for any church leader passionate about God’s global mission. (Tom Lin, Vice president, InterVarsity, and director of the Urbana Student Missions Conference)|This is a deeply engaging, exciting, and important book. Martin’s message is simple: faith that seeks justice bears spiritual fruit like joy and deeper faith; but it also can bring about real, vital, powerful, meaningful changes in the world. This is not about some easy profession of faith. It is about a whole church learning to live out what it claims to believe. That means that this book is both clarifying and terrifying in all the right ways.

Martin has a gift for telling simple stories that will change the way you think about everything. On the surface, much of the book is about IJM’s life-changing work around the world, and that makes a good story. But Martin tells about that work in a way that illustrates what it means to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.

Many churches are unprepared for the long, slow work of justice. If you recognize your church in that last sentence, this book is the beginning of your training regimen and a guidebook for what to do next. Your church needs this book. (David O’Hara, Associate professor of religion, philosophy, and classics, Augustana College)|If ever there was a time for a deeply thoughtful, energized, and embodied approach for congregations to obey God’s call for justice, it is now. And if ever that approach were offered to us with clarity, conviction, and hope, The Just Church is that offering. In this superb exploration of the indivisible connection between the pursuit of justice and discipleship, Jim Martin deftly weaves story, wisdom, and application, inviting any who read it into God’s heart and God’s world―a world that we in the Western church have ignored for far too long, but can do so no longer. Any local congregation that takes Martin’s work seriously will find itself forever changed. I can only say: be that congregation. (Curt Thompson, MD, Author of Anatomy of the Soul)|Martin skillfully combines story and Scripture to stir up our hunger for a world in which God’s justice becomes reality. Then he provides a step-by-step manual for satisfying that hunger. Challenging, inspiring, and practical . . . The Just Church will benefit all whose hearts cry out for God’s Kingdom to be made manifest on earth as it is in heaven. (Brad Wong, Lead pastor, The River Church Community, San Jose, CA)|Risk-taking, trouble-seeking, and failure-embracing, Jim Martin casts a bold vision for a justice-seeking church. This compelling pursuit of justice, he reveals, is not simply an outward expression for the church, but a magnetic pole capturing the attention of faith seekers and forging courageous Christians. The Just Church is no mere book; it’s a compass that points us toward God’s heart. (Jay Milbrandt, Director of the Global Justice Program at Pepperdine University School of Law and author of Go and Do)

From the Back Cover

What’s more important―justice or discipleship? The answer is both . . . and the time to engage is now.
In The Just Church, Jim Martin invites you to follow the God of justice into some of the most fertile ground for discipleship there is―and to revive your own soul through renewed faith and a deeper experience of God.

Martin and International Justice Mission are on the front lines of the battle for justice in the world’s darkest and most dangerous places. They’ve become experts not only at bringing rescue to victims of violence, sex trafficking, slavery, and oppression, but also at bringing churches into the fight through concrete actions that actually make a difference. Martin has seen firsthand the amazing things that happen―both in them and through them―when churches join the fight for justice.

The Just Church shares tangible, accessible strategies to help your church respond to God’s call to seek justice, defend the widow and orphan, and rescue the oppressed in far-off places and right in your own community. Whether you’re already committed to doing justice in God’s name and want to mobilize others around you or you’re newly awakening to God’s call, The Just Church is the key resource you need to see real change take place in the world, in your church . . . and in yourself.

“Learn to do good; seek justice, rescue the oppressed, defend the orphan, plead for the widow.” (Isaiah 1:17)


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Momentum (September 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414371284
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414371283
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jim Martin is vice president of church mobilization for International Justice Mission, a human rights agency that protects the poor from violence. In fifteen field offices throughout the world, IJM investigators, lawyers, and aftercare professionals work closely with local governments to bring rescue to victims of slavery, sex trafficking, police abuse, and other forms of violent oppression. IJM seeks to bring rescue and restoration to victims and accountability to perpetrators and to ensure that public justice systems keep the poor safe from violence.

Jim is a pastor who began his career as a junior high math and science teacher in the inner city. He and his wife, Jenna, lived and ministered in the community where he taught, opening their home to neighborhood students on a weekly basis so they would have a safe place to do their homework. After four years of teaching, Jim and Jenna discerned the call of God to join the staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at their alma mater, the University of Massachusetts. For eight years they discipled students while living in community with them and again opening their home to students in need.

In 1999 friends from San Jose, California, recruited Jim to join the pastoral staff of a new church plant there. They asked him to coordinate "community service" for the young church, but Jim came back to them with a more expansive vision: he convinced the leadership of this new church of Silicon Valley professionals that "any incarnation of the church, if it is to be the true church, must identify itself with the poor."

Jim became the pastor of compassion ministries at The River Church and led the congregation down an innovative path of discipleship designed to bring them closer to the global poor. Jim began a robust global missions program, sending out upwards of 25 percent of the congregation every year with the goal of helping churchgoers in the United States to learn to identify with the poor so that they would better engage and serve the poor in their own communities. By the time Jim left The River in 2008, the church had relocated from the suburbs to downtown San Jose, where a core community lived and served in the inner city, and The River was giving 20 percent of its annual revenue to serve the poor.

Jim joined the staff of IJM in 2008 to continue in his life's work of leading Christians into lives of deeper trust that God is good, that he provides for those he loves, and that his children are meant to be exemplary in their openhandedness with those things that God has so freely given to them.

Jim is a man of varied interests. When he lived in Massachusetts, he built his own house by hand. When he was in San Jose, he commuted the two miles to work on a unicycle, stopping halfway for a to-go coffee every morning. Jim now lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife, Jenna, and their three children.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Alysa Bajenaru on October 7, 2012
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I've read many books about biblical justice. Each one gets me fired up and stirs my soul to action, but leaves me asking "what now?" The Just Church is exactly what I've been looking for. Not only does this book dive into what justice means and why every Christian is called to DO justice, but it leaves us with a road map for getting there. The path is not quick or easy, but it is well thought out, deliberate, and meant to create an enduring justice ministry. This book is a must for anyone who has ever been fired up about injustice, but has felt powerless to act.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lori A Sevedge on October 1, 2012
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The Just Church is a very powerful, inspiring, and yet challenging book that will highly benefit the church today in it's efforts to confront injustice. The author Jim Martin was a pastor who now works for the International Justice Mission (IJM) as the VP of it's church mobilization unit. The IJM is renown for it's work in the fight against human trafficking and was highlighted recently by the president as a leader in the anti-trafficking movement.

Jim Martin wrote this book as a guide for church leaders and individuals who want to see their church engage in justice. His book is divided into two parts. Part 1 focuses on why we should be involved and reveals the interrelatedness of discipleship and justice. Part two provides a practical approach for churches to follow as they begin a justice ministry.

When we see injustice we often think of a place where evil is prevalent and God is silent and yet the author points out that it is actually there that God is at work and moving. Using the Scripture he makes the case that God cares about justice. The Scripture is replete with passages commanding us to watch out for the oppressed and yet somehow that message is missing from many of our churches today. He lovingly reminds us that God wants us "to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly" with Him (Micah 6:8).

Then he helps us face the challenge of how to literally put the call of justice ministry into action. The outrage we feel when introduced to the suffering caused by injustice often has us seeking an immediate solution. However the author points out that outrage and impatience are not enough to fuel the real battle we are facing. He says "what these victims really need is a church mobilized to engage for the long haul.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trey Arbuckle on October 7, 2012
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"Once a community or culture finds itself a affluent enough to insulate itself from the uncertainty of the world around it, it usually does." -Jim Martin, The Just Church

The Just Church is a much-needed call to commit to the humble (and humbling) work of justice. It is a call to see faith, not as a system of beliefs, but as rigorous trust in the living God that calls and empowers His Church to do the difficult work of embodying the gospel in all of the earth, even and especially, the dark corners of it.

This book is clearly birthed out of experience because it is not like many of the helpful books that have been written on trafficking and slavery over the past several years. It is not the gripping account of a journalist traveling around the world to see first-hand what trafficking and slavery looks like. Nor is it focused on providing a biblical exposition of God's heart for justice and a historical look at the courageous Christians who have fought the battles of their day against injustice.

This book is a mix of those things and something more.

Jim Martin wants to see the Church aroused to the injustices of today, but he's not interested in presenting a dramatic account of it in order to make readers feel guilted into `doing something.' He believes that the work of justice is part of what it means to be a mature disciple of Jesus and therefore wants to see the Church grow into a more living and robust faith--not only because the victims of injustice need our commitment, but because we risk atrophy and lethargy if we don't heed the call.

He has also worked with enough churches to know that getting people `fired up' to go save the world is counter-productive. And this is one of the main things that distinguish this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James K. Linton on October 5, 2012
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Three years ago, I was a leader of a home group through a college ministry in Dallas, Texas. We studied to book of Micah, felt very compelled that we were called to engage in the work of justice, found a cause we were passionate about (human trafficking), and tried to get started. What we quickly found is that outrage and indignation would not sustain a justice ministry. Eventually, our efforts fizzled out without any noticeable impact.

I know those members of the small group. They are dear friends of mine. I know their hearts. I know they really desired to engage human trafficking. The reason that project fizzled out had nothing to do with hardened, calloused hearts. It was because we lacked a plan to really engage in the work of justice.

This experience makes Jim Martin's book, The Just Church really exciting for me. In his book, he lays out a plan for the beginnings of a justice ministry in the local church. This plan, if followed, could help put teeth to the tiger of indignation that wells up in any compassionate heart that hears of the injustice people suffer all over the world.

In the first part of the book, Martin lays out the beginnings of what is necessary to engage justice. He lays out principles that would be useful to a believer dealing with any area of discipleship. Perhaps the greatest challenge he issues is to believers is to be willing to `get into trouble.' So much of our lives can be consumed by small, insignificant problems. In order to grow in our faith, Christians must intentionally seek out situations where they must cry out to God, knowing it is only Him that can save them. These situations bring about `failure points' in our faith.
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