Biblical Justice

In humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.
Philippians 2:4-5

Grace Church is committed to Biblical justice from the womb to the tomb, in our local community, to our nation and beyond.

Our hope is that these resources will help us grow in our understanding and better love and value one another, following Jesus’ example.

We stand in agreement with our denomination, The Christian & Missionary Alliance, on the issue of biblical justice. You can read their statement here.

Grace Church Prison Campus

Jesus states in Matthew 25 that when we visit those in prison, we have visited him.  Through a partnership with True Freedom Ministries and Lorain Correctional Institute in Grafton, we are able ‘visit those in prison’ and offer the hope of life transformation that is found in Jesus.

Statistics show that 95% of the incarcerated community will eventually be released back into society. Reintegration brings daunting challenges such as isolation and loneliness, difficulty finding employment and housing, maintaining sobriety, etc. We desire to come alongside people to equip them through…

  • Genuine transformation in Christ (Alpha, Worship, Bible studies)
  • Discipleship (DMD Groups)
  • Pre-release training and education (Addiction recovery, Character building, etc)
  • Post-release training, support and accountability (Job training, Mentorship groups, Financial Peace University)

For more information or to get involved, contact Pastor Scott Lessing at scott.lessing@gracecma.org.

Grace Church Partners / Regional Agencies

Grace Church has a vision and calling to seek justice, love mercy and walk humbly with our God. (Micah 6:8) We want to be Christ’s ambassadors be for the unborn, in racial justice, for victims of sex trafficking and for foster children and families. Learn more about organizations we partner with, such as Cleveland Pregnancy Center, Gracehaven (juvenile anti-sex trafficking), Remember Nhu (global anti-sex trafficking), and Cleveland Angels (supporting foster care community), and learn how to get involved in serving!

Grace Church Classes

Through discussion-based classes (Unify, Counter Culture, The Third Option, and Koinos) we have sought to grow our understanding of Biblical justice. Classes are offered on a rotating basis; the next KOINOS class (One Heart. One Mind. An on-going conversation about race and unity) begins fall of 2022.

Our H.E.A.R.T. (Healing the Effects of Abortion-Related Trauma) group is a private group that offers a safe place for women who have experienced abortion. (contact Lisa Mullins at true2last@gmail.com)

Grace Church Videos

LISTEN

A family conversation about Racial Unity

07/07/20

SPEAK

Living With a Worldview Shaped by the Bible

08/29/20

Cleveland Angels

Books

Uncommon Ground

How Christians today can interact with those around them in a way that shows respect to those whose beliefs are radically different but that also remains faithful to the gospel.

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Just Mercy

A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.

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The Color of Compromise

An acclaimed, timely narrative of how people of faith have historically–up to the present day–worked against racial justice. And a call for urgent action by all Christians today in response.

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The Third Option

Miles McPherson, founder of The Rock Church in San Diego, speaks out about the pervasive racial divisions in today’s culture and argues that we must learn to see people not by the color of their skin, but as God sees them—humans created in the image of God.

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Divided by Faith

Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America

Through a nationwide telephone survey of 2,000 people and an additional 200 face-to-face interviews, Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith probed the grassroots of white evangelical America. They found that despite recent efforts by the movement’s leaders to address the problem of racial discrimination, evangelicals themselves seem to be preserving America’s racial chasm.

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White Awake

An Honest Look at What It Means to Be White

Daniel Hill will never forget the day he heard these words: “Daniel, you may be white, but don’t let that lull you into thinking you have no culture. White culture is very real. In fact, when white culture comes in contact with other cultures, it almost always wins. So it would be a really good idea for you to learn about your culture.” Confused and unsettled by this encounter, Hill began a journey of understanding his own white identity.

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Books For Kids

The Gospel in Color

Racism is a painful, complex issue, and can be challenging to explain to children. That’s why The Gospel in Color — For Kids is written to facilitate honest conversations about race and racial reconciliation between kids and their parents.

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Colorful:

Celebrating the Colors God Gave Us

Why be colorblind when we can be colorFULL instead? Imani and Kayla are the best of friends who are learning to celebrate their different skin colors. As they look around them at the amazing colors in nature, they can see that their skin is another example of God’s creativity!

God’s Very Good Idea

Teach young children how to enjoy being delightfully different yet all part of God’s family. God’s very good idea is to have lots of different people enjoying loving him and loving each other. This stunningly illustrated journey from the garden of Eden to God’s heavenly throne room shows how despite our sinfulness, everyone can be a part of God’s very good idea through the saving work of Christ.

God Made Me and You

This beautifully illustrated children’s book invites kids to explore God’s design for ethnic diversity and challenges readers both parents and children to learn and live out counter-cultural, biblical views, fostering a lifelong celebration of diversity for the glory of God.

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More Videos

This Human Race

Andy Stanley

Justice

The Bible Project

Racial Justice & Equality

A Message from NAE Leaders

Grace, Justice, & Mercy

An Evening with Bryan Stevenson & Rev. Tim Keller