Is the Christian life simply about cultivating a relationship with Christ in private? Or should that relationship compel us to acts of mercy and justice, making a difference in our communities? One man's story of hiring ex-convicts reminds us that God calls us to live in such a way that others experience his love and mercy through us. And that's only possible if our eyes are focused on God and his love for mercy and justice.
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SCRIPTURE: Ezekiel 34:11-16; Micah 6:6-8; Matthew 9:9-13; 23:23-27; Luke 10:25-37; John 8:1-11; Romans 12
• Identify the Current Issue
• Discover the Eternal Principles
-Teaching point one: God loves mercy and justice.
-Teaching point two: The Christian life is more than looking right.
-Teaching point three: God desires that our lives be full of mercy and justice.
-Teaching point four: We can make a difference in our communities through mercy and justice.
• Apply Your Findings
• Additional Resources
ARTICLES FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• "The Hope Roaster," by April Burbank, April 2013