Sometimes It Takes A Party:
Speak Up For Someone Else

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Pastor Steve Brown

 

In our series, Sometimes It Takes A Party, we discover unconventional and simple ways to build relationships with others that can lead to a growing relationship with Jesus Christ.

 

In many churches, September 24 is being observed as Freedom Sunday, an initiative led by the International Justice Mission which seeks to free those caught in slavery and human trafficking. Using the example of Jesus speaking up for the woman caught in adultery, this sermon will teach that starting a party for someone may first mean speaking up and/or acting to defend them against those that seek to oppress that person. Reggie Joiner writes, “We have a responsibility for those who are marginalized, to stand up for those who don’t have the access or influence to stand for themselves and stand beside those who are advocating for a better way and a better world. Christians should be the first to say, ‘This is not a political issue; this is a people issue.’”

 

Determine what is holding you back from speaking up and acting for those who are victims of injustice. Pray to have the courage to break through that barrier and take up one social justice cause to champion.

 

Lessons: Deuteronomy 10:16-19, James 1:26-27, John 8:2-11

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