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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 the Study of the Ephesian movement!

    • Welcome to this Ephesiology Master Class

    • God's Mandate for Justice

    • Get Your Copy of the Book

    • How to use this course

    • Before we begin...

    • Resources for Academic Research

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    • Why We Should Be Concerned About Justice

    • The Purpose and Nature of the Study

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    Week One

    • Old Testament Foundations

    • True Worship and Justice - Isa 58:1-14

    • Doing Theology in Community

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    Week Two

    • Getting the Big Picture

    • The Upside-Down Kingdom - Luke 4:14-30

    • Doing Theology in Community

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    Week Three

    • Radical Mercy - Luke 7:27-36

    • Who is Your Neighbor - Luke 10:25-37

    • Doing Theology in Community

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    Week Four

    • Seek the Kingdom - Luke 12:22-24

    • The Perils of Possessions - Luke 12:13-21

    • Doing Theology in Community

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    Week Five

    • Justice or Just Us? - Luke 14:12-14

    • The Guest List - Luke 14:15-24

    • Doing Theology in Community

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    Week Six

    • Radical Discipleship - Luke 14:34-35

    • Rich Man, Poor Man - Luke 16:19-31

    • Doing Theology in Community

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    Week Seven

    • Living in the Overlap

    • Playing it Safe - Luke 19:1-27

    • Doing Theology in Community

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    Week Eight

    • Evil, Forgiveness, and the Cross of Christ

    • The Supper and Service

    • Essays on Dietrich Bonhoeffer

    • Doing Theology in Community

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    Leader's Guide

    • How to lead a justice study

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    Next Steps...

    • Want to go further? Here's what's next.

    • Invite us to speak

    • More resources for you

    • Before you go...

    • One more thing ...

God's Mandate for Justice

Free PDF or MOBI 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 six-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 your facilitator

Professor of Social Justice

Ronald Hesselgrave

Ronald P. Hesselgrave, (MDiv., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; MUPP, University of Illinois, Chicago; and PhD, Drew University) is currently the education/resource coordinator for EFCA ReachGlobal Europe/Asia. He has taught at Trinity College (Deerfield, IL), Alliance Theological Seminary and Nyack College (Nyack, NY), and Rutgers University. He also worked as researcher/writer for the Chicago Rehab Network, a coalition of not-for-profit housing development organizations in Chicago. He is the author of Public Ethics for a Pluralistic Society ( 2001) and The JustMissional Church: Pursuing God’s Path for Justice (2014). He and his wife Kathi are co-founders of Stepping Stones Ministries, an aftercare ministry for survivors of sex trafficking in the Chicago area.