Just a friendly reminder:
This Sunday, January 1st, 2017, we will not be gathering here at 2 Pillars Near South. Instead, we will be holding a joint service together with 2 Pillars Northeast at the Joyo Theatre in Havelock (6102 Havelock Ave).
Please join us at the Joyo Theatre on January 1st. The worship gathering will begin over there at 10:15am.
Spread the word!
Hey folks – I’m really looking forward to walking with some of you in the membership class beginning this Wednesday evening at 6:30pm. Sounds like we’re going to have a great group of folks tracking through this.
If you’re planning to attend the membership class and have not yet signed up, please do so by going to 2PCnearsouth.com/membership, clicking on the button “Begin the Membership Process” (at the bottom of the page), and following the instructions there.
We will have childcare provided.
Last call for childcare for this DNA class. If you plan to attend the class and would like childcare, please let us know no later than 5pm on tuesday.
I am looking forward to this!
@Jeff – we did not get to this question specifically on that Sunday morning as we were discussing a specific issue falling under the umbrella of social justice.
I’d like to address your specific question here. Realizing that I don’t have a brief, 1-2 sentence answer, this could be better to discuss in person so if you’d like, please grab me on a Sunday and I can flesh this out a little more and answer any further questions you have or nuances you might be looking for.
When we seek to understand “social justice” from a biblical worldview, first we should acknowledge that the word ‘justice’ implies a foundational truth involving treating all people equitably. In other words, it involves seeking the same punishment, reward or rights for people despite things like class, race, ethnicity, privilege etc.
Secondly, God’s Word is the foundation for our ideals of justice.
Third, the Bible repeatedly identifies four people groups as those whom we should seek to show justice too: widows, orphans, poor, and the alien (which we might call immigrants). Helpfully, we can think categorically here of the disadvantaged, underprivileged, and even socially marginal—those whom, in a broken and fallen world, tend to experience life unjustly. Today, we might include in this realm single moms, the fatherless, refugees, those on the receiving end of racism, as well as others.
Lastly, when we think biblically about social justice we are to see that the primary impetus of social justice lies with the individual. This is seen in the great commandment of loving our neighbor as ourself. Christians, then, as individuals, should be leading the way in this. This does not negate the good that organizations (or even governments) and such do; however, we should never be content with relying upon organizations and governments when the primary and most foundational responsibility lies with us as individuals.
Hope that’s helpful in some way, Jeff. Feel free to shoot back any clarifications needed or grab me on a Sunday to talk more.
The Everyday Church books have arrived and will be available for sale for $9 (cash or check) beginning this Sunday both before and after the worship gathering out in the lobby at the book table.
Per the original message, this is a book we’re hoping to get into everyone’s hands to read alongside the “Gospel Presence” series and will serve as the foundation for our discussions in Gospel Communities throughout this series.
See the original post here for more details.
Hey Terri – thanks for asking! Just sent you a direct message to chat
Todd E. Bumgarner
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