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Mercy

A Characteristic of God is that he is merciful and compassionate (Exodus 34:6; Psalm 103:13; 2 Corinthians 1:3; Ephesians 2:4)

This characteristic showed itself very clearly in Jesus Christ who being God, became man and demonstrated the mercy, that God has toward men. (Matthew 9:36; 14:14; Luke 7:13)

Mercy is God’s great act of salvation in saving sinners from the just consequences of their sins and giving them forgiveness and eternal life (Numbers 14:18-19; Psalm 86:5; Isaiah 63:9; Romans 2:4; 11:32)

Jesus’ parables and other teachings are a constant reminder that God takes notice of the way people treat others. God promises that he will have mercy upon those who practice mercy to others. (Matthew 5:7; 25:34-40; 18:21-35; Luke 16:24-26; James 2:13)

In the Old Testament: God’s Mercy and justice

In the new testament: God’s grace and truth

Rene: “Born again!”

In the Old Testament: God’s Mercy and justice

In the new testament: God’s grace and truth

Rene: “Born again!”

Mercy

Compassion for the miserable. Its object is misery. By the atoning sacrifice of Christ a way is open for the exercise of mercy towards the sons of men, in harmony with the demands of truth and righteousness (Gen 19:19; Ex 20:6; Ex 34:6, 7; Ps 85:10; Ps 86:15, 16). In Christ mercy and truth meet together. Mercy is also a Christian grace (Mat 5:7; Mat 18:33-35).

MERCY

Justice is a dimension of God’s character. For the Jews, justice was not merely a human quest in the context of a world ruled by fickle gods, as among the Greeks, but rooted directly in the character of God. Thus the biblical witness about justice begins with the fact that Yahweh was a God of “justice,” and it is from this that the richness of biblical justice expands (Psalm 72:1-4; Psalm 99:4). Justice was found through divine revelation and not through human searching. There was an inherent and revealed justice which God, and to a limited extent nature itself, revealed. All nations are subject to this justice (Amos 1-2; Romans 1).

Justice is an ethical, moral category. The moral dimension of justice is demonstrated by the fact that the very word for justice in the Scriptures is often translated as “righteousness.” Justice is not simply a matter of structures, and certainly not abstractions, but is intimately connected with right living. In the New Testament we are encouraged to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). There is an integral relationship in Scripture between the concepts of righteousness and justice. To do justice is to act rightly. Thus justice is not so much a political or legal theory as a moral and spiritual call.

Justice is the duty of humanity under God. That justice is the demand of God for all nations, and the special duty of Israel, the covenant people, is made clear from the prophetic calls and denunciations. Injustice is condemned. Amos declares, “Let justice roll on like a river” (Amos 5:24), and the judgment of God falls on Israel for institutional and personal injustice. Doing justice is not a tangential or merely consequential aspect of God’s people—it is at the core of the obligation of a covenant people. So central is this duty that God rejects the worship of people who allow or participate in injustice around them (Amos 5:21-24).

Justice is chiefly action, not philosophy. For the Old Testament, justice was not a mere philosophic virtue. Indeed, little time is spent with the nuances of “justice.” The emphasis is on doing justice—on action. The prophets insisted on justice “at the gate”—the local court where the elders ruled. It was a justice that required fair dealing in business transactions, credit arrangements, buying and selling of goods, the administration of justice generally. Its enemies were privilege, bribery and unfair advantages (Amos 5:11-15; Amos 8:4).

Justice is concern for the weak against power and privilege. The Old Testament evidences a special concern for justice for the poor and oppressed. If there were any place where injustice might be observed, it was with the poor, widows and orphans who lacked the knowledge or power to assure justice and were often victims of “sharp” traders and corrupt politicians. Some have turned this biblical concern into a Marxist view of an oppressed class embodying truth and a liberation theology. It is, however, more properly seen simply as a recognition that these are the persons who are typically the victims (see Amos 2:7; Amos 4:1; Amos 5:11-12; Amos 8:4). This moves the biblical view of justice beyond a mere concern for imparticularity; it involves particularity toward those who are most vulnerable, for otherwise they will not receive a fair deal.

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The Upcoming Church Events2018:

January 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday -- January 14, 2018

(Actual Date: January 15, 2018)

Church Council Meeting -- January 27,  2018  at 10:00 a.m.

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- January 28, 20178  at 11:00 a.m.

Re-Dedication of Workers -- January 14, 2018  at 12:30 p.m.

February 2018

Black History Celebration -- Month of February 2018

Church Council Meeting -- February 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- February 25, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

March 2018

Loyalty Day -- March 11, 2018  at 2:30 p.m.

Palm Sunday -- March 20,  2018

Youth/Children Revival -- March 21 - 23, 2018  at 7:00 p.m. each evening

Good Friday -- March 30, 2018

Church Council Meeting -- March 31, 2018 

(The Lord's Supper will be served) During the Ressurection Worship

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- March 27, 2017 at 6:30 a.m. ??

April 2018

Easter/Resurrection Sunday (Sunrise Services)  -- April 1, 2018 at 6:00 a.m.

Senior Citizen Recognition Day -- April 8, 2018  at 12:30 a.m.

Senior Mission's Anniversary -- April 10, 2018  (Tuesday)  at 7:00 p.m.

Church Council Meeting -- April 28, 2018  (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- April 29, 2018  at 11:00 a.m.

Pastor's Aide Fellowship  -- April 29, 2018 at  2:30 p.m.

May 2018

Mother's Day Recognition -- May 13, 2018

Women's Day Fellowship -- May  20, 2018  at 2:30 p.m.

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- May 27, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Church Council Meeting -- May 26, 2018   (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

June 2018

Annual Church Luncheon -- June 10,  2018  at 2:00 p.m. (Optional)

VBS --  Monday thru Friday -- June 11 - 15, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

VBS Fellowship -- June 16, 2018  10:00 a.m.  (Optional)

Father's Day Recognition -- June 17, 2018

Church Council Meeting -- June 30, 2018   (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- June 24, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Men's Day Program Fellowship  -- June 24, 2018  at 2:30 p.m.

July 2018

Annual Choir Musical Fellowship -- July 15, 2018  at 2:30 p.m.

Church Council Meeting -- July 28, 2018  (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

Youth and Children Leadeship in Action -- July 22, 2018  at 11:00 a.m.

Pastor's Aide Program Fellowship -- July 29, 2018  at 2:30 p.m.

August 2018

Church Council Meeting -- August 25, 2018  (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

Church Anniversary, Family and Friends Day Fellowship -- August 20, 2017 at 2:30 p.m.

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- August 26, 2018  at 11:00 a.m.

September 2018

Grandparents Recognition Day -- September 9, 2018

Senior Mission's State and Bench Rally Fellowship -- (Tuesday)  September 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Annual Useher's Day Fellowship -- September 16, 2018  at 2:30 p.m.

Night Sunday School -- Thursday_September 20, 2018  at 7:00 p.m.

Youth and Children Leadership In Action -- September 23, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Youth and Children Round-Up Fellowship -- September 23, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.

Church Council Meeting -- September 29, 2018  (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

October 2018

Annual Fall Revival -- October 24 - 26, 2018  at 7:00 p.m. each evening

Church Council Meeting -- October 27, 2018  (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

Youth and Children Leadership In Action -- October 28, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Annual Musician's Appreciation Day Fellowship -- October 28, 2018  at 2:30 p.m.

November 2018

Annual Church Anniversary/Homecoming/Family and Friends Fellowship Day -- November 11, 2018 at 2:30 p.m.

Feeding of the Needy -- November 17, 2018  at 9:00 a.m.

Thanksgiving Day -- November 22, 2018

Church Council Meeting -- November 22, 2018  (Saturday) at 10:00 a.m.

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- November 25, 2018  at 11:00 a.m.

December 2018

Deacon's Anniversary Fellowship -- December 9, 2018  at 2:30 p.m

Youth and Children Leadership in Action -- December 23, 2018  at 11:00 a.m.

Christmas Day Fellowship -- December 23, 2018

Acutal Christmas Day -- December 25, 2018 -- (Tuesday)