This is part three in the social justice series that was a discussion topic at XChange, a leadership event of conversations among various generations of women’s ministry leaders. (Read parts one and two.)
Today, we look at the importance of connecting the gospel to social justice efforts as we lead women to be involved.
- We can’t actively participate in social justice without the gospel — the gospel is the only thing that can change the world. Christ is the living water. We serve and defend in His name.
- Many social justice actions are only temporary fixes if they aren’t gospel focused. The gospel gives people hope as well as a pair of new shoes or clean water.
- Social justice is not just community service. We can’t let the efforts be about us and what we’re doing to help. We need to lead them beyond justice to Christ’s mercy. Our goal is to meet the needs of the whole person: physical, emotional, and spiritual.
- We must remember that establishing and growing relationships is crucial. They allow the gospel to be shared more effectively. This well-known quote contains much truth: “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day; teach man to fish and he eats for a lifetime.”
- We must actively pursue efforts that are gospel-based (such as, Freeset, Noonday, and Worldcrafts) rather than only humanitarian-based (such as Toms).
- Are we looking for the supernatural touch of the Holy Spirit or limiting our efforts to what we know we can do? When Christ is involved, so much more progress can be made; more lives can be changed.
- We must realize what’s truly important — social justice is a means to something greater: the Kingdom of God. We need to get beyond man’s justice. The advancement of the gospel doesn’t need to be minimized. Jesus’ ministry was three-pronged: social justice (healing), teaching life change, and calling people out who wanted social justice, but not Him.
How do you intentionally connect the gospel to the service and mission efforts of your women’s ministry? What helps you decide what ministries you will promote and actively participate in? How do you make sure it’s actively undergirded by the gospel?
Watch for the upcoming final post in this social justice series from XChange.