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Restorative Justice Bible Studies

The Centre for Justice and Reconciliation has prepared these Bible studies reflecting on the relationship of restorative justice with Biblical conceptions of justice and conflict resolution.

Bible Study:Where Love and Justice Meet
Very often justice and love are understood as distinct and even opposing values and aims. On the one hand, justice is commonly depicted as harsh judgment, as punishment without mercy.On the other hand, love is perceived as sentimentality where wrong-doing is simply overlooked without consequence. The Bible offers a different view of justice and love. Both are integral parts of God’s character. God is a righteous judge (Psalm 7:7; 2 Timothy 4:8).At the same time, God is love (1 John 4:8).How then does the Bible define justice and love? What does it mean that justice and love both characterize God? What do justice and love mean for us? Where do they meet in our world?
What is restorative justice?
This study explores key principles of restorative justice including encounter, amends, inclusion, and reintegration. The study also suggests how to apply those concepts in our lives.
Building Peace, Building Right Relationships
This study explores the Biblical understanding of peace. Lesson topics include: 1) Understanding peace in the Bible; 2) Being a peacemaker when you have wronged someone; 3) Being a peacemaker when someone has wronged you; 4) Being a peacemaker when others are in conflict ; and 5) Being a peacemaker in an unjust society The study is suitable for individual reflection and for group discussion.
Philemon: A Case Study in Peacemaking
This study explores issues relating to victims, offenders and the impact of crime by reflecting on Paul’s short letter on behalf of the ex-offender Onesimus. The study is suitable for individual reflection and for group discussion.
Steps to Reconciliation
This study explores 5 key elements for conflict resolution and reconciliation. These elements are: 1) taking responsibility; 2) Confession and Repentance; 3) Forgiveness; 4) Making Amends; and 5) Reconciliation.
Restorative Justice Week Observances
At times, Prison Fellowship National Ministries have used the Restorative Justice Bible studies to observe the International Restorative Justice Week.
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