SUMMARY: Most Christians fall into two camps – one champions justice but not justification while the other prizes justice but not justification. Theologian Tim Keller argues that justice and the doctrine of justification should work hand in hand.
The doctrine of justification will change a person’s attitude towards justice as it has a high view of justice, it changes how one views the poor and it changes the perspective of the poor and those outside the church. This a a short, excellent and nuanced sermon on Biblical justice and how it should be intertwined internally and visible externally with a Christian’s faith.
KEY QUOTE: “Justice is the sign you have been justified by faith. It’s not the basis – you are not justified because you are helping the poor. But a heart poured out in deeds of justice and mercy to the poor is the inevitable sign that you have been justified. You have been saved by grace.”
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More curated sermons on justice:
Simply put — to do justice is to worship God. Many in the American evangelical church have lost sight of that fact. Referencing Micah 6, Amos 5, Isaiah 1 and a host of other scriptures pastor Thabiti Anyabwile of Anacostia River Church (Washington, DC) implores the church to recognize that God’s character is righteous and just and therefore to know God is to pursue righteousness and justice. For the preachers, Anyabwile has five ways preachers need to lead and instruct their congregations in regards to justice.Read more
The Bible is full of calls for justice — Isaiah 1, Micah 6, Matthew 25 and Amos 5 are just a few examples. Unfortunately the term social justice has taken on many definitions causing confusion and arguments between people. Pastor Tim Shorey of Risen Hope Church (Drexel Hill, PA) argues that Christians need to use the term Biblical justice which he defines as, “giving all image bearers of God their due.”Read more