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Our broken world can be confusing and overwhelming. But one thing is clear; God calls each of us to serve those in need. That includes you.

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In the Story of the Good Samaritan, the neighbor on the Jericho road was a mess. The systemic challenges of a dangerous road and the individual trauma of abuse, left him powerless. The Samaritan didn’t need to be an expert to offer assistance. He just needed to stop.

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GOD HAS A PLAN

Jesus stopped. He entered the messiness of our world to restore us in relationship with God and neighbor. He asks us to follow His example. Like the disciples that starts with sitting at His feet and learning His heart.

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WHY DOES EQUAL ACCESS MATTER?

Think of it this way: Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a life – UNLESS he has no access to the river. Without access, any help provided is in vain and justice cannot roll on like a mighty river.

“I remember so well going to school each day… proudly saying the pledge of allegiance… ‘with liberty and justice for all’. It would be many years before I realized that simply wasn’t true.”

Bruce Strom| CEO, Gospel Justice Initiative | Author, Gospel Justice

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GO DEEPER

Study the justice needs of your neighbors & help raise awareness.

We have resources to help you. Click the button for our member page and choose Awareness Raisers. You can access a poverty and justice quiz, statistics, a discussion group guide, and past blog articles. Then register for our blog to stay informed.

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The book Gospel Justice has a free five session study guide, Do Likewise, living the gospel through compassion and justice. Pull together friends to go deeper and understand why Dr. Tony Evans says, “Bruce Strom’s exposition of the Scripture and application to the poor is spectacular.” Study his book Oneness Embraced or other helpful justice books. Below is a list of some of our favorites.

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  • A dynamic, new response to God’s call and mandate to each of us to provide justice for all, Gospel Justice will stir your soul and prompt you to seriously consider what Jesus’ words “Go and do likewise,” mean for you personally and practically. An inspiring book that nurtures hope and action.

GOSPEL JUSTICE
Joining together to Provide Help & Hope for those Oppressed by Legal Injustice

by Bruce D. Strom

  • Designed as a companion guide to the book Gospel Justice, Do Likewise includes chapter questions (and could stand alone). Sessions draw people together so they can explore deeper issues of justice. This can be done individually or in a group setting.

DO LIKEWISE
Gospel Justice Companion Guide

by Bruce D. Strom

 

  • Dr. Tony Evans is a leading advocate for Biblical truth, race relations and justice - all of which are incorporated into this thoughtful book that emphasizes kingdom vision for societal impact.. His challenge to the church to get involved in Biblical Justice is well stated and compelling.

ONENESS EMBRACED
Through the Eyes of Tony Evans

by Tony Evans

 

  • Through vibrant stories, raw confession, and engaging humor, Overrated cuts through the glamour of justice. More than a 140 character tweet, justice requires sacrifice and personal change. Eugene’s personal example and direct style will motivate and inspire you to deeper justice work.

OVER RATED
Are we more in love with the idea of changing the world than actually changing the world

by Eugene Cho

  • Outlive Your Life asks the core question for any person – “What is my purpose?” Max demonstrates in very practical ways what it means to live your life for something that matters and how that must include serving the poor. Each chapter includes family friendly discussion questions.

OUTLIVE YOUR LIFE
You Were Made to Make A Difference

by Max Lucado

 

  • Matt Soerens and Jenny Hwang address justice & compassion in the immigration debate. This book frames the complexities of the problem we have helped create and how World Relief is seeking to address the problems with comprehensive reform and involvement.

WELCOMING THE STRANGER
Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate

by Matthew Soerens

  • Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert address how the standard way of approaching poverty often causes more problems than it solves. The book addresses the dangers of cultural bias, a caution toward short-term missions, and why giving away money is not the answer.

WHEN HELPING HURTS
How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor… and Yourself

by Brian Fikkert

  • Pursuing Justice shows that God isn’t primarily concerned with personal piety but about empowering His children to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with their creator. When you discover anew the meaning of the Gospel and give your life away, you will find it.

PURSUING JUSTICE
The Call to Live and Die for Bigger Things

by Ken Wytsma and D.R. Jacobsen

 

  • David Platt is the pastor of a large church in Birmingham, Alabama. His book is aptly titled, as it challenges American Christians to recognize the needs of the poor among us and to live with less and give more. The book presents a radical challenge for changing one’s perspective and life.

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Taking Back Your Faith from the
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by David Platt