catalyst 4: gary haugen

October 5, 2006

International Justice Mission

Christians feel like they are traveling with Jesus, but missing the adventure
-How do we respond to that as leaders?
-God calls us to an adventure of struggle in the world

The leader provides clarity about:
-Where Jesus is heading – out into the world
-The nature of the world that Jesus is heading into

Jesus has defined his followers as the light of the world
-Those who bring the gospel
-Those who bring food or medical care
-Those who show others that God is good
-And we need to be those who are moved against injustice

Redefining injustice
-how does the Bible define it?
-The abuse of power – taking from others what God intended for them

What does injustice look like today?
-There are 20-27 million people living in slavery in our world today
-About 1 million children are taken into forced prostitution every year

How does God feel about injustice?
-Psalm 10:17-18 – God will hear the meek and desire to do justice for the orphan and the oppressed
-Micah 6:8 – what God requires of man is to do justice

The church is God’s plan to fight injustice in our world, but we feel powerless against it
-We tend to see the magnitude of the problem and assume it is more than we can take on
-Like the feeding of the 5000, Jesus asks us to give him what we do have, and he is responsible for the miracle
-Let God rescue us from all things small, and all things afraid, and let our churches lead out to the adventure of being who God has called us to be.

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