The Present Word Summer Quarter, June-August 2018
"Justice in the New Testament"
The summer quarter focuses on justice as presented in the New Testament. Justice is portrayed as a primary characteristic of God’s nature. Human beings are called to emulate God’s justice toward one another.
Unit I, “God Is Just and Merciful,” has four lessons that remind us that human interpretations of the Law must not conflict with mercy and justice as acted out in our daily lives. The lessons from Matthew look at conflicts between Jesus and the Pharisees on questions of mercy and justice. The lesson from Luke looks at how God dispenses justice and mercy.
Unit II, “Jesus Calls for Justice and Mercy,” has five lessons that explore Jesus’ teachings on God’s justice in Matthew and Luke. Included is Jesus’ demand for leaders to practice justice as well as to understand the universality of God’s justice and mercy.
Unit III, “Paul Teaches about New Life in Christ,” has four lessons that offer Paul’s teachings about just and merciful behaviors. Those who live the new life in Christ are called to imitate God’s just and merciful nature through their actions toward others, including their enemies.