You know that a book is going to be a good one when your pen comes out in the foreword and keeps marking chapter by chapter! As I read this book so many things pierce my heart and cause me to want to share with my fellow justice seekers!
The one thing I loved right off is this quote:
"Through the pursuit of justice we find our way to deep intimacy with a God who loves us and calls us into His work not only for the good of others, but for our own good as well. The work of justice, therefore, is as much about discipleship as it is about mission"
This book is a terrific blend of real stories, thought provoking ideas, God's word, and practical ways to carry out the work of justice within the church. I also love the questions and video link at the end of each chapter to carry on discussion and to connect with Jim Martin via video.
I wish this book was out years ago!
In the fight for justice it is easy to become weary and feel alone. This book has put fuel into my zeal and passion.
I encourage everyone to read it! You won't regret it buying it!
A practical, humble call to work against injustice
October 7, 2012
"Once a community or culture finds itself a affluent enough to insulate itself from the uncertainty of the world around it, it usually does." -Jim Martin, The Just Church
The Just Church is a much-needed call to commit to the humble (and humbling) work of justice. It is a call to see faith, not as a system of beliefs, but as rigorous trust in the living God that calls and empowers His Church to do the difficult work of embodying the gospel in all of the earth, even and especially, the dark corners of it.
This book is clearly birthed out of experience because it is not like many of the helpful books that have been written on trafficking and slavery over the past several years. It is not the gripping account of a journalist traveling around the world to see first-hand what trafficking and slavery looks like. Nor is it focused on providing a biblical exposition of God's heart for justice and a historical look at the courageous Christians who have fought the battles of their day against injustice.
This book is a mix of those things and something more.
Jim Martin wants to see the Church aroused to the injustices of today, but he's not interested in presenting a dramatic account of it in order to make readers feel guilted into â€˜doing something.' He believes that the work of justice is part of what it means to be a mature disciple of Jesus and therefore wants to see the Church grow into a more living and robust faithâ€”not only because the victims of injustice need our commitment, but because we risk atrophy and lethargy if we don't heed the call.
He has also worked with enough churches to know that getting people â€˜fired up' to go save the world is counter-productive. And this is one of the main things that distinguish this book. Patience, humility, wisdom, and discernment are the main themes of this book. Therefore, it is also practical. He is careful to repeat that this is not a how-to manual, but he does provide several concrete ways for churches to begin creating a proper foundation on which to build an effective justice ministry.
Any Christian or church that reads this book should understand better the relationship between pursuing justice and discipleship, the very real need to get involved in the fight against injustice at home and abroad, and how to pursue a path forward that will not be fueled merely by temporary emotion, but will rather be built upon a vibrant faith in the living God that will inevitably lead to a deeper walk with Jesus and the ability to be a real and lasting blessing to others.
Hallejuah, The Jutice generation has their manifesto .Jim Martin's "The Just Church" answers the oft asked question, "What can I do to help stem the tide of overwhelming injustice? From encountering the forms of injustice to exploring the entire landscape of community and global support to actual engagement, each step is clearly delineated. This is the curricular piece the justice generation has been waiting for. Churches and community advocates now have the roadmap to weave the response to God's cry for justice into the fabric of their advocacy.. Martin clearly , succinctly and with passion makes the just church reality in our times.
"The Just Church," by Jim Martin is a book that teaches God's people on seeking justice. Jim is a man of God that continues to pursue after His heart to fight against human trafficking. This book has the tools that the church and the people of the church need in order to fight against injustice. If you have a heart for God and want to see hope in this world, then this book is for you!
â€Ž"We grow faith not by sitting alone and trying to flex our faith muscles. We grow faith by putting ourselves in situations that will require faith of us." pg. 49-50 (Jim Martin)
If we want to grow our faith, we need to be in situations that will make us uncomfortable and require our faith to be stretched. This book shows us how to build our faith, gives us direction on stepping out in action and responding to God's call to seek justice for His people. Jim is a great leader as well as an author. I encourage all to purchase this book.
The Just Church is the book that everyone with a heart for justice has been waiting for...whether they know it or not. This great resource begins with proving from the Scriptures that the work of justice is not just for a small, radical group or even only as a missional effort but rather as a call and a necessity of being a disciple of Jesus. Martin provides not just truth, encouragement and real challenge but also deeply practical steps to take. So often books written on justice efforts will "wreck" you but you leave feeling overwhelmed and without practical application. The Just Church is both hopeful and helpful. Simply put, this book is a must read for anyone who has a heart to heal or is facing injustice.