On Wednesday 4 July, Baptist Care SA and Baptist Churches of SA hosted the Launch of the ‘On Earth as it is in Heaven’ teaching series on biblical justice for Baptist Churches. Sixteen churches were represented across the more than 35 attendees.
In his words of introduction, Executive Minister Mike Mills welcomed the opportunity to spend time on this topic. “It’s been a great, collaborative project as we together, the churches and our care arm, have reflected on our engagement in this area of justice and realised that we’ve got some growing to do. We’re working together as a movement to explore ways in which we can gain a greater sense of strength in this area”.
The series is designed to be modular and flexible to the needs of individual churches and their members. “I want those who take time with this resource to consider how does this story give me a window into another way of seeing, how does it shape me and our Movement?” said Scott Higgins, author of the series. Scott outlined three premises which underpinned his work in preparing this resource:
He outlined four steps that churches and members could take in approaching the resource:
In summary, he said “The idea is that at the end of the four weeks of Baptist Care SA Month, we’ve got to a point where we’re actually doing something – we’re doing justice, not just talking about it”.
Excitingly, this resource has been prepared by and for South Australian Baptists, but we anticipate it will be shared across the Baptist Movement nationally in the very near future.