The injustice in our world makes us long for God’s shalom, the Hebrew word that connotes a sense of wholeness and peace in a material, physical, relational, and moral sense. Jesus made a way for us to experience this shalom and invites us to join the work of the Holy Spirit in working for justice on personal, communal, and systemic levels. We cling to the hope that God will one day bring an end to injustice once and for all, but until that day, we live in a way that testifies to who God is.
This series is intended to be a foundational resource that propels participants towards a life-long pursuit of justice that is grounded in Jesus. It is a formative study that gives participants the opportunity to encounter God through Scripture and explore practical tools in the form of spiritual rhythms that will sustain them in seeking shalom.
Each week of this series includes:
- Passage & Background
- Discussion Questions
- Summary & Reflection
- Spiritual Practice
We pray that this series would help participants not settle for performative acts of justice, but instead to learn how following Jesus reorients our entire lives.
Justice is an attribute of God’s character and central to God’s work in the world.
Participants should be able to articulate the connection between Jesus and justice by the end of the series.
As your community spends time tracing justice through Scripture, we pray that it would be a healing balm for those who are weary. We pray it would stir awe and wonder at God’s righteousness, and that it would spark a fire in your belly to seek shalom for our broken world.
Using this Resource
To make the most of this resource:
- Specifically, draw on current events in the intro discussions.
- Tweak the study to make it more natural for the facilitator.
- Be directive if the group defaults to a reading of the text that lacks curiosity.
- Intentionally read the passages through the lens of justice.
- Each week, offer a summary of the previous study, renaming “aha” moments or main points discussed.
Week 0: Let's Talk about Justice (optional study)
Bible project video + discussion
Week 1: God's Intention for Creation
Week 2: Evil and Injustice Multiply
Week 3: God Responds to Injustice
Week 4: The Call to God’s People: Act Justly
Week 5: Jesus Brings Liberation for All
Week 6: All Things Reconciled
Download the Justice Bible Studies Phone Wallpapers below.
Week 7: All Things New
Leader's Guides for all 7 weeks are available
in the form of Google docs.
Groups Investigating God (GIG) versions can be completed in ~30 minutes with language adapted for seekers. These are available as Google docs.
You may also do these Bible studies online – this Google doc version is optimized to be used over Zoom.
Use the Justice and The Gospel Four Circles Script in the form of Google docs.
Social media graphics are included for you to advertise and foster online engagement before, during, and after the study. Use the hashtag #justicebiblestudies on social media so campuses can see each other. Graphics include:
- blank square and story sized backgrounds
- weekly square and story sized ads
- and a main graphic square.
Some campuses used Instagram in creative ways during the study itself and to highlight student testimonies. Check them out here (scroll down their feed until you see the JBS passages):
Social Media Advertising Graphics
Week 1 Sample
Thank you to the many people who developed and shaped this series:
Multiethnic Initiatives and Creative Labs
Northwestern University student
Chicago Area Staff
Downstate IL Staff and Students
Fresno State University
Ministry Specialist, Pacific Region
Area Director, GFM Southern California
National Director of Theological Formation