Christians ready for action
For the past eighteen months, I have had the privilege of being a part of an amazing small group of young adults passionate about serving God through social action. This is evident in their involvement in hosting fundraisers, holding clothes swaps, volunteering in local community outreach programs and helping set up a kid’s sponsorship program in a slum in Cambodia. When we found The Faith Effect - a new Bible study series by World Vision focusing on poverty and injustice - we jumped at the chance of using it.
What's in the study pack?
The study is made up of five sessions, all based around the central theme of serving God in His mission to alleviate suffering and injustice in the world. Each DVD session contains insights from some of the most respected Christian scholars and communicators from across the globe. I was pleasantly surprised with the depth of biblical insight - as well as the stories from real people working in the field - contained in the study. This made the material engaging, as well as easy to follow.
The questions in the accompanying participants' guide provoked great discussion on the deeper issues surrounding our faith, and our responsibility as Christians to respond to injustice and suffering in the world. It also helped us think outside the box on ways in which we could engage in social action in our local communities. The study highlighted the importance of prayer, charity, development and advocacy, along with individual lifestyle and consumer choices, as essential factors in Christian social activism.
A motivating study tool
The journey I have been on with my small group, including The Faith Effect, has brought me to the very place I now stand - only weeks away from embarking on a new adventure to teach English in rural communities in South Korea.
I would highly recommend this study to youth groups and church home groups. It is a hopeful and empowering tool to equip young people to live out their biblical mandate to partner with God in seeing His will being done ‘on earth as it is in heaven’.