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From the Back Cover
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) --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B0088NXRHY
- Publisher : Tyndale Momentum (September 21, 2012)
- Publication date : September 21, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 937 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 289 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,341,817 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I found myself wanting to rush through the first portion of the book (which lays the foundation for justice work as discipleship) as I was reading, but as I moved toward the end of the book, I saw how practical and important this first section was. In some ways, I wish this were two separate books, as I feel the first portion would be excellent and relevant for many church members to read, but that folks who are not leading/mobilizing/strategizing might get bogged down by the second, highly practical section. However, I suspect that many of those interested enough in reading reviews about this book will be already involved or seeking to engage their church in the work of justice ministry. For this, I would highly recommend it as a wonderful resource and tool for your journey.
Scripture teaches that God is a God of justice who calls His people to walk in His ways. But what does that look like for the church today? How can churches engage the issue of injustice in a biblical, relevant, effective and sustainable way? Author Jim Martin prescribes two necessary character traits in order to do so: courage and humility. Martin also provides a biblical foundation, practical tools, life experience as a pastor, testimonies to encourage, as well as insight into the work of the International Justice Mission. Interwoven throughout are stories of others following Jesus by taking risks and seeking justice for the good of others who are made in the image of God. I highly recommend this book for every Christian in general and church leaders in particular.
After setting that stage about God's heart for justice, which Martin defines for the purpose of the book as "violent oppression of the most vulnerable in the world," he then makes the bold proposition that speaking up (and standing up) for those who are victimized by oppressors goes beyond loving others and obeying God. Martin successfully argues that: "Through the pursuit of justice we find our way to deep intimacy with a God who loves us and calls us into his work not only for the good of others, but for our own good as well. The work of justice, therefore, is as much about discipleship as it is about mission."
By challenging churches to approach the mission of justice with both courage and humility, Martin explains that a process of encountering, exploring, and then engaging in justice that gives churches "a better fuel." His reason for laying out such a road map is because "a well-prepared, well-trained church [is] just what the victims of injustice in our communities and around the world deserve."
IJM's victorious track record in the work of bringing freedom to captives and relief to the afflicted through the power of Jesus is a compelling sign that God is blessing the work of their hands. As good and faithful servants, they depend on God in every step they take as Christian soldiers confronting evil boldly while building bridges along the journey and thanking God for using them to exercise justice on earth.
Just as IJM's vision statement "To rescue thousands, protect millions and prove that justice for the poor is possible" is aggressive, so is Martin's vision for the church: "Our goal in the Church Mobilization team at IJM is unapologetically ambitious. What we seek is nothing short spiritual awakening in the global body of Christ, igniting an unparalleled passion for biblical justice evidenced in the church's reputation for humble and courageous service to victims of violent oppression."
Martin's book provides a sound blueprint with biblical depth, inspiring examples, and practical tools to rally God's people and guide them to becoming greater disciples of Jesus with stronger faith while achieving God's will on earth as it is in heaven. Every church member, from newly saved youth to seasoned pastors, should commit themselves to this justice journey, enlightened and emboldened by the call and direction in Martin's book.