Seeking Justice and Mercy from Ferguson to New York

2015 TGC National Conference

In this one-hour special event from the 2015 Gospel Coalition National Conference, panelists discuss practical ways for local churches to engage in justice issues in their communities. Moderated by Director of TGC's Every Square Inch, Bethany Jenkins, the panel also includes pastor K. Edward Copeland, music producer Alex Medina, police chief Cecil Smith, and U.S. Attorney Robert Lang.

Think specifically about the context of your community. What are the most pressing community needs/injustices?
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What are some of the ways your church is currently seeking to bring shalom (peace) into into these situations?
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The panelists often referred to an "implicit racial bias." What do you see lying at the root of this sort of bias?
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In light of this discussion, what do you feel that the Lord is calling you to do in regards to seeking justice and mercy in your community? How can you bring other believers along in this calling?
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Jeremiah 29:7 (ESV)

7But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

 Jeremiah's admonition to exiled Israel was to seek the peace and welfare of their city. Though they were far from their home, Jerusalem, their charge was to be agents of peace—wherever they found themselves. As Christians, we know that this world is not our own. We are pilgrims, exiles. But as we look toward our final home in a new heaven and new earth, let us be diligent to seek the peace in the communities God has placed us now—for the good of the city, and for the glory of the Lord.

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