Tell us why you're passionate about Jesus and justice
Australian Christians are being captivated by an image of a restored future- freedom from oppression, earth renewed, justice reigning & a day where every tear is wiped away. Together Common Grace paints this image in the public & political sphere.
I love how Common Grace keeps justice and Jesus together. I want my discipleship to overflow in generous action in the real world.
Common Grace is shifting the perspective of the wider community's view of the church in Australia, showcasing the diversity of the church in Australia & mobilising the local churches of Australia to make a continuing positive difference in this great country.
Common grace is far too uncommon in the way we respond to this world. Compassion and generosity is the way of Christ and is to be our way too.
Jesus showed us that grace is at the heart of everything and I want to live in step with him - loving God and loving my neighbours, especially the most vulnerable of people.
Because the Gospel came alive for me when I realised it was not something that happened quietly in my heart, but something that transforms relationships, communities and the whole of creation!
'Cos I have a heart. And it beats.
For years, I have been yearning for an organisation which reflects the priorities of Jesus. Common Grace is speaking truth to power and listening to those who are poor and oppressed. This is the right balance.
Years ago I was ashamed to be known as a Christian, but I loved Jesus. His life and teachings guided my life, but what represented Christianity was just not Christlike. Today, Common Grace makes me proud to be a Christian who loves Jesus and justice.
It's a no brainer for me that Christians should be at the forefront of speaking up for the marginalised and least in our global community. As Bono sings, 'Grace finds beauty in everything'.
We as God's people are called to live our lives the way Jesus lived his by demonstrating love to everyone and bringing Justice to this world. Common Grace encourages Christians to open up their hearts and show love to those who need it.
We need a strong and compassionate movement of Christians to tackle the climate crisis. We also need to follow Christ to love our neighbours in the refugees who ask us for help.
Jesus left the splendor of heaven to be born poor and oppressed, and to die bringing life to the whole world. Christian witness to him must mean identifying with others who are marginalised, and loving them as he did.
Jesus called himself the light of the world and, amazingly, called us the same thing! I see Common Grace shaping up as an important way of expressing this today.
Common Grace, what a beautiful thing and in only six months showing Australia what we as followers of Christ can do in this world. Not to judge but to bring justice, not to condemn but to show mercy! Diversity without division, amazing stuff!
The Bible could not be clearer on the importance of protecting the vulnerable, caring for the weak and speaking on behalf of the voiceless. Common Grace is doing crucial work.
Throughout history Christians have been at the lead of movements of justice throughout the world. To see Common Grace taking up that mantle is leadership the church greatly needs.
I LOVE the diversity of the Common Grace community & truly believe that we have much good to contribute to Australia, as we allow our hearts to be united by our common experience of Jesus's love & extend the grace he's lavished on us to others.
I’m excited about how Common Grace is presenting such an authentic expression of the heart of Jesus for our world today.
Common Grace's work over the past 6 months demonstrates how God's love can change the world and how we, as Christians, can follow's Jesus' call for justice and to love our neighbour. Congratulations Common Grace!
Six months in and Common Grace has already shown what Christians can do when we come together to answer Jesus' call to work for a just and peaceful world. The clear and gentle, calm and strong, prophetic voice of Common Grace is a beacon of hope!
Common Grace wonderfully reminds us that the proclamation of Jesus is deeply connected to the practise of justice – that when we care intentionally and practically about the stuff Jesus cares about, we are following him and becoming more like him. There’s no better way to live.
Jesus life and words show us that justice matters. I'm excited that Common Grace also believes this and encourages us to live this.
A voice that echoes the heart of God. A heart to seek the peace and prosperity of the cities in which we reside. To see our relationships with each other and creation restored. The oppressed, find justice. The stranger, welcomed.
To see large numbers of Christians coming together to pray and reach out to those in need as 1 voice, 1 family and 1 purpose is truly a reflection of authentic Christianity. Congratulations Common Grace.
It is wonderful to see Christians taking Jesus’s words to “love our neighbour” seriously. In definitive, quantifiable, and lasting work towards helping the homeless, refugees, and similar groups in need, we see the hope of the gospel at work through Common Grace!
When I think of Common Grace, I am excited, energised, and inspired. To see how far this movement has progressed in just six months is a real testament to not just the people behind it, but the way in which the Spirit is moving to unite the Australian Church to speak with one prophetic voice. I truly believe we witness a glimmer of the kingdom "on earth as it is in heaven" when Christians unite together to speak up for justice. It can often be overwhelming as we behold the many injustices which exist in our nation today: from the plight of those seeking asylum on our shores, to the degradation of God's good creation, to the continuing oppression of our First Nations brothers and sisters. But I am filled with hope as I see the space that Common Grace is creating: a space of beauty, generosity, and justice. A space where we can celebrate together, lament together, and work together to see "justice roll down like waters". My hope and prayer is that God will continue to build this movement, and that we may - together as one Body - speak and act in a way which reflects the grace, beauty, compassion, and love of our crucified and risen Lord.
I am excited by Common Grace because God didn't give up on our broken broken, sad, sick world - but rather he sent Jesus to usher in the start of His new Kingdom. A kingdom of justice, healing, grace, hope, beauty and peace. I long for this kingdom to come in all its fullness and waiting for that is really hard sometimes when there is still so much pain and brokenness to see and feel. But while we wait it is actually our responsibility and privilege to work towards it! Seeking justice for the oppressed, wiping away tears when we can, protecting his beatiful creation and speaking hope and truth into dark places. I am excited Common Grace seeks to do this and I am thankful that I can be a part of it with others. Come Lord Jesus Come!
I love the idea of Australian Christians participating together in making our nation a better place. Although in the past we have been too easily divided, we have so many issues that we share. Common Grace helps us understand the power of our common voice - it focuses us to act together, to celebrate wins together, and face our concerns together. As a worship leader, I believe that worship and justice are linked. And, as a scholar, I can see the great need for justice in Australia. Yet, many of us in the church have gotten busy and forgotten our responsibility to stand up as a voice of justice in the marketplace. Common Grace helps ordinary Christians to unite and transition beyond a Sunday worshiper. In particular, I believe that we can help keep our nation accountable to change our record when it comes to Australia's Indigenous peoples. We have had a code of silence on this issue, and many Christians don't know what's actually going on. So, getting information about communities out quickly, and making it public keeps public servants accountable. We have to change our incarceration rates, that are as high as they are because we have inherited a deep racism within the institutional structures. Continual policy changes and bad implementation of laws serves to treat Indigenous Australians badly. This is not okay by me, and I believe it breaks God's heart too. This is why I'm 100% 'in' for Common Grace.
I have received abundant grace in the Lord Jesus Christ. I want to overflow with his gracious love to the world in all kinds of ways. I'm excited about Common Grace helping me love some of my more vulnerable neighbours.