Justice in the Bible

Cultivate a Heart for God’s Justice

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Be the change you hope to see in the world with this intentional and faith-driven approach to peace-making, neighbor-love, and social action. In Justice in the Bible, you’ll learn not only to act justly but to live justly—embracing the shift from fixing problems to embodying God-guided solutions.

By engaging in deep spiritual practices, biblical wisdom, and real case studies that span personal, institutional, and systemic examples, you will expand your imagination of what biblical justice looks like in the real world, and explore the ways faith, service, and advocacy intertwine.

What You'll Learn

  • Understand the deep roots of justice in the Bible, from the teachings of the prophets to the life and ethics of Jesus.
  • Get inspired by stories of communities and churches that are actively embodying justice, and explore effective ways to engage in your own community.
  • Respond to God’s call on your life through practices of discernment that help you discover where you are needed to make a difference.
  • Learn practical strategies for advocating faithfully in your context, whether you're new to faith-based justice work or seeking to deepen your journey.
  • Cultivate a heart for God’s justice through spiritual practices that help you discern where and how God is prompting you to act.

About this Course

  • Modules

8

  • Learning Elements

51

  • Videos

10

  • Practices & Activities

14

  • Time

6 hours, 30 minutes

  • Price

$55

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Here's What's Inside...

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In this module, you will:

  • Learn about the just nature of God in the Old Testament.
  • Increase your desire to honor God through justice.
  • Begin to imagine what justice in action might look like in your community.

In this module, you will:

  • Learn about the prophets' focus on God's care for particularly vulnerable people.
  • Seek to mirror God's compassion.
  • Understand how context matters in justice.

In this module, you will:

  • Consider Jesus as a model for justice in action through the story of the Samaritan Woman.
  • Understand how justice requires action.
  • Consider your skills as you seek to act justly.

In this module, you will:

  • Learn the significance of the story of Cornelius and Peter.
  • Notice the work of the Holy Spirit in the early church and in your life.
  • Determine what boundaries you may need to cross in your desire to join God in justice work.

In this module, you will:

  • Learn the relationship between place and discipleship.
  • Consider the significance of your physical location in your discipleship.
  • Take a step into the justice needs of your location.

In this module, you will:

  • Respect the Holy Spirit as the power behind justice.
  • Learn to "be" before you "do."
  • Consider the question of what it means to be a disciple.

Find out your next steps as you complete the course. You'll also be encouraged to submit feedback about your course.

You'll Learn How to Cultivate Community
A judge's gavel sets on top of a Holy Bible

Love of neighbor is deeply intertwined with ideas of biblical justice. As you build relationships and meet suffering with compassion, you will be propelled to effective, spirit-led action that will make a real difference in your community.

What to Expect

  • A Renewed Imagination, Fueled by Hope: Dive into the story of God’s justice by exploring the biblical text and learning about how learners and leaders like you are making a real difference.
  • Flexible, Engaging Learning: Learn at your own pace! Our immersive online modules are there for you to work through whenever and wherever you choose.
  • Access to a Private Online Community: Join a diverse social network of faith learners and leaders to share insights and experiences, and grow together as you walk the path of God’s justice.

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Meet Your Instructor

  • Inés Velasquez-McBryde

    Inés Velasquez-McBryde is a pastor, preacher, reconciler, and speaker. She is Co-Lead Pastor of The Church We Hope For, a multiethnic church planted during the 2020 pandemic in southern California. She is originally from Nicaragua where her father was a pastor and community developer and her mother was a diplomat at the Spanish embassy under Foreign Affairs. Her life was shaped by her two parents who took her on multiple humanitarian missions and discipled her into the work of justice after Nicaragua’s civil war. Inés earned her MDiv at Fuller Seminary and was a Chaplain at Fuller for 2 years. She has 22 years of combined ministry experience in church-planting and pastoral staff leadership in multi-ethnic churches. She has spoken in local church pulpits across the nation, as well as at national and regional conferences sharing her passion for multiethnic church planting, racial reconciliation, justice, and the full inclusion of women in pastoral leadership. Ines loves salsa dancing, café con leche and guava empanadas.

    Publications: She Is: Biblical Reflections on Vocation workbook for Fuller’s DePree Center for Leadership; Finding God: Hope is a Habit that Grows in the Dark 10-week Devotional, Fuller’s DePree Center for Leadership

    Awards & honors: Ian-Pitts Watson Preaching Award at Fuller Theological Seminary

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