Sermon 2020-06-07

Justice For All

Isaiah 58
Rev. Tim Meendering
June 7, 2020

Order of Service

  • Welcome and Call to Worship
  • Song – Rejoice
  • Song – This Is Amazing Grace
  • Sermon – Justice For All (scroll down for sermon notes)
  • Song – Kids
  • Closing Blessing
Immediately following the service, you can join us for a virtual coffee and conversation time via zoom, or you can join us at 11 for a sermon discussion time, also via zoom. Both links are in the email that you received this morning.

Sermon Notes

Questions for family/small group discussions:
  • How do you think God could be using the pain and discomfort of these recent weeks in your own heart and life?
  • What do Luke 13:1-5 and 1 Corinthians 10:1-6 say about what might be God’s purposes through the trials and how we can learn from the history of Israel?
  • What has been most instrumental when you have receded into a fading relationship with God and what did God use to wake you up to see your need for change?
How do you know if you are blissfully unaware of a serious heart condition? How do you treat this heart condition so that you are truly obeying and delighting in God? We need to see justice in three ways:
1. Justice is a CAT scan
  • When you consider the Israelite’s actions and response to God in Isaiah 58:2-5, what could be our version of “seeking God daily” and fasting and humbling ourselves today? What could be one of the more common hypocrisies in your own heart and life?
  • What should be or is your response when you consider texts such as Isaiah 58:6-7, Proverbs 14:31, 19:17, Matthew 25:41-45? How does God’s priority of justice and caring for those in need compare to yours?
  • What is an example in your own life when you sacrificed yourself for those in need and also sensed a real faith, love and connection with God?
2. Justice is self-sacrifice toward shalom
  • What does this mean for us when we see that we are to consider the stranger or “homeless poor” or anyone in need, of any race, as our own flesh or family?
  • When you consider that God created this world to be a beautiful, intricately woven tapestry where every thread is interdependent, what does that mean for our responsibility to the community when we are given resources and time? What is an example of how have you seen the impact of plunging of self and resources into the community? And what is an example of when resources and money are withheld from a community?
  • If the righteous disadvantages himself for the community and the wicked sees his/her resources as belonging just to them, what steps might you take to sacrifice self for the shalom of our community?
  • What makes your personal investment, rather than merely a money investment, so vital for both yourself and those whom you are coming alongside?
  • What is your experience with racism and/or structural/systemic racism? What steps will you take to genuinely make progress toward justice relating to race?
3. Justice is joy in God
  • What might be the most likely motivation that would lead you to do some good things in your community? Why is your joy in God and his grace so vital as a motivation and empowering for your progress toward self-sacrifice for others/community?
  • What do you see in Jesus’ love, sacrifice, suffering, and death that will drive you to love, sacrifice, suffer, and die to self? What does it mean for you and others that Jesus didn’t merely suffer for us, but also suffered with us?
  • What does it mean for you and your call to do justice when you see that Jesus became poor and oppressed and is still revealing himself to us every day through those in need?
  • How will you now think and act differently?
Resources/books for making progress in faith and love for Jesus: