Studies in the Gospel of Luke

Throughout Scripture, God is shown to be a God of justice. And he holds both individuals and nations accountable to his mandate for justice. Join us on a journey to engage justice today.

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    Welcome to God's Mandate for Justice!

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    Introduction

    • Introducing Social Justice

    • How to use this study

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    Week One

    • Social Justice in the Old Testament

    • Personal Reflection

    • Let Justice Ring

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    Week Two

    • Getting the Big Picture

    • Personal Reflection

    • “Schindler’s List”

    • Group Study: The Upside-Down Kingdom (Luke 4:14-30)

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    Week Three

    • Who is your neighbor?

    • Personal Reflection

    • Good Samaritan gives homeless man shoes

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    Week Four

    • The Perils of Possessions

    • Personal Reflection

    • Profile of the Obsessed

    • Are you enjoying this study?

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    Week Five

    • The Guest List

    • Not What You Expect

    • Personal Reflection

    • Canceled wedding turns into meal for homeless

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    Week Six

    • Rich Man, Poor Man

    • Personal Reflection

    • Hell: Isn't the God of Christianity an angry Judge?

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    Week Seven

    • Play it Safe

    • Personal Reflection

    • Balance Beam

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    Week Eight

    • Evil, Forgiveness, and the Cross of Christ

    • The Supper: New Creation, Hospitality, and Hope in Christ

    • Essays on Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    • Personal Reflection

    • Exclusion and Embrace

    • Check out this course!

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    Next Steps...

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    • More resources for you

    • Before you go...

    • One more thing ...

God's Mandate for Justice

Free PDF or MOBI e-book when you purchase the course!

Because of sin we live in a broken and dysfunctional world. Global issues of poverty, hunger and malnutrition, homelessness, disease, violence, drug trafficking and abuse, and human trafficking face us at every turn. More than ever, there is the need for clarity on what the Bible says about justice. This eight-week study looks at God’s mandate to work for justice and mercy, with a focus on what Jesus says about this topic in the book of Luke. It addresses two main questions. First, what is justice? And, secondly, what is our obligation as Christians, both individually and corporately, to be persons of justice? The lessons for each week are divided into two parts: (1) personal study and reflection; and (2) group study.

The study guide includes the following benefits:

  • Hours of on-demand video

  • Articles and blogs written by our facilitators

  • Accessibility 24/7 from your phone, tablet, or computer

  • Personal and group reflection questions to help you digest and apply the content

  • Discussion forums to do theology in a community with others in your cohort and around the world

  • Earn a certificate of completion for continuing education credit

What are you waiting for?

We do not just simply fill your heads, but your hearts so that your hands are motivated and equipped to lead movements.

Meet Dr. Ron Hesselgrave

Professor of Social Justice

Ronald Hesselgrave

Ronald P Hesselgrave (M. Div., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; MUPP, Masters in Urban Planning/Policy, University of Illinois, Chicago; PhD, Drew University) is a retired missionary and educator. He has taught at Rutgers University, Alliance Theological Seminary and Nyack College (Nyack, NY), and Trinity International University (Deerfield, IL). He also worked as researcher/writer for the Chicago Rehab Network, a coalition of not-for-profit housing development organizations in Chicago. Prior to retirement, he served for seventeen years as a home-based missionary, most recently as an education/resource coordinator and member of the Marginal Mission Network of EFCA ReachGlobal/Europe. He the author of Public Ethics for a Pluralistic Society (2001), The JustMissional Church: Pursuing God’s Path for Justice (2014); I Know That My Redeemer Lives: Suffering and Redemption in the Book of Job (2016); and The Supper: New Creation, Hospitality and Hope in Christ (2019). Ron and his wife Kathi are co-founders of an aftercare ministry for survivors of sex trafficking in the Chicago area.