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Social Justice Resource Pack

Social justice comes from the biblical mandate to ‘seek first the Kingdom of God’ • Social Justice is God’s heartbeat • Social Justice is the call to Christians to participate in the restoration of our world • Social Justice is the renewal of broken relationships

We have put together a pack with resources designed to deepen your understanding of social justice. You can download the full pack here. If you have any questions regarding the content of this pack please contact Just Salvos at justsalvos@aus.salvationarmy.org

Throughout the gospels we read of Jesus engaging with his world in a counter cultural way.  He associated with the outcasts of society – the sick, the corrupt, the excluded, the hated, and invited them to participate in the restoration of the Kingdom of God.

“In Jesus’ code, to love is to be just. To be just is to love. And when we claim to follow Jesus, we are disciples of justice. Jesus’ mission on earth in his time is our mission on earth in our time” (Jesus and Justice, pp. 2, 2011).  

The theme of justice is central to the bible. This restorative justice is an invitation to join God in the work of ushering in The Kingdom of God; to help restore God’s reign here on earth. We seek social justice because Jesus motivates us to do so. Injustice surrounds us, but so does God’s Kingdom. How can we join God and embrace right connections with our land, our communities and our relationships? The International Social Justice Commission has identified four biblical concepts central to pursuing justice.

  • Including the excluded
  • Challenging harmful cultural practices
  • Confronting the powerful
  • Advocating for the oppressed             

When we embrace these concepts in our communities, we seek justice and we usher in the Kingdom of God.

The Salvation Army is a Christian movement dedicated to sharing the love of Jesus.

We share the love of Jesus by:

• Working for justice

»» Tackling the social systems that harm creation and strip away human dignity

»» We join God’s work to build a fairer world where all can thrive

One of The Salvation Army Australia’s mission intentions is to share the love of Jesus by working for justice. As you work through this pack we encourage you to consider how you and your corps or faith community can engage in working for justice.

Meeting Resources

  • Sermon Outlines

The Social Justice Department AUE are developing a set of sermon outlines based on the four components of Jesus and Justice: Confronting the Power, Advocating for the Oppressed, Including the Excluded and Challenging Cultural Practices. To download and use these sermon outlines, visit their website www.salvosocialjustice.org and head to resources.

  • Prayer

We have put together a prayer that can be used within a church service. To download this prayer click here.

  • Prayer activity

We have also put together material for prayer stations, which focus on the themes of Jesus and Justice. They can be found here.

  • Videos

Below are a few videos that can be used within a service:

  • This spoken word performance was created as part of TEAR’s “For Tomorrow” series. Watch here
  • “Is Justice Worth it”? Watch the two minute video here
  • In this three minute interview, Ken Wytsma, founder of The Justice Conference, shares why justice matters. Watch here

Educational Resources

  • Jesus and Justice, a resource developed by The International Social Justice Commission can be downloaded here
  • Book: Pursing Justice. Ken Wytsma, founder of The Justice Conference breaks down how God requires us to seek justice
  • Book: Just Imagine. In this book by Campbell Roberts and Danielle Strickland, readers are challenged to consider how injustices can be challenges so that people can experience a better world
  • Check out the seminar notes from the Social Justice session at the Boundless Congress here
  • Visit our social justice friends at Australia Eastern Territory  www.salvosocialjustice.org

Going Further

Interested in getting involved or going further in the journey of social justice? Check out this link.