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What Justice Looks Like

Speaker: Jeff Lincicome
January 19, 2020

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Follow Along with the Message

  1. Amos was a sheep rancher and a sycamore tree grower--Not the background you would think of to be God’s prophet. And yet, God used him to bring a tough word of correction to God’s people in both Judah and Israel. Name a time when you have been used by God to say a hard word of compassionate truth. How did you know you were being called to do it? What in your life equipped you?


  2. After pointing out God’s condemnation of Israel’s enemies for the ways they’ve acted, Amos turns to the people of Israel themselves, shining the light on their lack of compassion and justice towards the poor and disadvantaged in their midst. Name a time when one of your “blind spots” was called out. What was it like? How did you respond?


  3. To be God’s people who work for justice means we need to start by pointing the finger at our own unjust thoughts and hidden prejudices. How easy or hard is it for you to talk about injustice and prejudice? Talk about your background and life story--what affects this self-reflection?


  4. God (through Amos) exhorts Israel to “establish justice in the gate.” The gate was the place in Jewish society where life happened. People passed through, deals were made, goods were bought and sold, etc. How does the idea of justice (acting right in all of our relationships) affect every part of our life? Or do we relegate justice to the courts of right and wrong?


  5. In his discussion on justice, author and theologian Len Sweet says that the question we need to be asking ourselves is not so much “What do you stand for?” but “Who do you stand with?” Justice is relational more than it is propositional. If we are to live justly, who are the oppressed that God calling us to stand with in our world today?


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