Jesus in the Courtroom by: John W. Mauck, JD "This book speaks to all believers, lawyers, and non-lawyers alike, as citizen-disciples who are called to influence today's culture for Christ. Mauck's keen insights, exemplary legal career, and overflowing compassion combine for compelling advocacy on numerous social, moral, and ultimately spiritual issues our times." —Sally Wagenmaker, JD (Wagenmaker & Oberly)
Lawyers have a crucial profession to the health of the church. Jesus Himself interpreted the Law and challenged social systems. Learn the importance of legal work and the pressing need for faith-filled lawyers.
Little Ones
Children receive the raw end of legal decisions because they have no influence and precious few advocates defending their freedom. You'll not only learn how the legal system is broken and breaking our little ones but how to fix it.
Frivolous lawsuits against the church loom like a storm cloud on the horizon. This book identifies the key cases which protect the independence and freedom of houses of worship from burdensome restrictions and legal persecution.

At the time of Jesus, Rabbi meant “teacher”—that is, teacher of the law. 

Overview of the Book
Jesus, a lawyer?

It may sound odd, but at times in His ministry, Jesus wore his lawyer hat. When he defended the adulterous woman, when he argued from Scripture that the disciples were fine to pick grain on the Sabbath, and in other instances, Jesus insightfully applied to uphold justice and promote goodwill.

The legal aspects of Jesus’ ministry have long been obscured or misunderstood, particularly his interactions with and attitude toward the law and lawyers. Jesus’ desire in his day and ours is to use the law to secure the rights of people to hear the gospel and to set humanity free. In other words, to be the best citizens we can be, we need to follow in the footsteps of the greatest citizen who ever lived.

Jesus in the Courtroom covers topics like:

  • Why we should care about the law
  • Strategic involvement with the law
  • How God has used the law to expand His Kingdom
  • What can happen when we partner with legal professionals
  • How citizenship is part of discipleship
  • Christian citizenship in matters like adoption, abortion, minimum wage, foster care, and schools

We are citizens of two kingdoms, but many of us duck and run when it comes to civil life. For anyone who cares about their community—parents, teachers, pastors, you name it—engagement with our legal system can play a huge role in the health of our communities and in cultivating a context where the gospel can flourish.

Jesus in the Courtroom will help us understand not only why we have failed to appreciate the legal aspect of Jesus’ life, but also to understand and cooperate with his legal ministry to us and through us. If we are going to be faithful “citizen disciples” in this challenging new world, we need to look anew at how Jesus taught, thought, and interacted with the legal establishment of his day.

"Jesus is the ultimate advocate and lawyer in the eternal court, and we are called to be agents of His change here on earth. Jesus in the Courtroom helps lawyers and non-lawyers alike understand the role of the law, our role as Christians relating to the law, and how the Lord continues to work daily in and through this profession."
  • David Nammo, JD
  • Executive Director and CEO of Christian Legal Society
"Jesus in the Courtroom is an inspirational and revelatory book that invites the average person to engage in God's intentional work in the much-needed court system context. John exhorts the reader to advance the kingdom versus riding the fence or worse yet, retreating. This book carries a vision to see a transformative and reformative work in the courts for the glory of Jesus' name!"
  • Mike Kienapple
  • Executive Director of Courtside Ministries
"Jesus in the Courtroom is a paradigm shifter. By examining several different ministries and how they are serving the kingdom of God, it challenges the body of Christ's mindset of what it means to be a minister. ALL are to be involved in the proclamation of the gospel. ALL have gifts and assignments that the Master has for us. It is a practical, Spirit-led encouragement to "get in the game.""
  • Tom Strening
  • Director and President of Courtside Ministries
"In a society that is changing rapidly, it is refreshing and comforting to know that we have a godly man, John Mauck, on the frontlines representing and defending the principles of God that govern the church but that society wants to do away with. Jesus in the Courtroom is testimony after testimony of the power of God; it is about His church deciding to stay silent no more and God showing up in the midst of chaos, defending and preserving biblical truth. "
  • Jose Acevado Jr.
  • Pastor of Iglesia Monte de Sion
"Jesus in the Courtroom gives us powerful insight into God’s ultimate purpose for laws, lawyers, judges, and legal systems. It brings understanding to the various ways it impacts our lives. This awesome book shines light upon the great need for intercession and encouragement for those operating in the legal realm."
  • Arthurine L. Wilkinson
  • Pastor at Manifest Glory International Ministries
"This book speaks to all believers, lawyers, and non-lawyers alike, as citizen-disciples who are called to influence today’s culture for Christ. Mauck’s keen insights, exemplary legal career, and overflowing compassion combine for compelling advocacy on numerous social, moral, and ultimately spiritual issues our times. His heartening words of encouragements and practical application tools for making a kingdom difference are not to be missed!"
  • Sally Wagenmaker, JD
  • Founding Attorney of Wagenmaker & Oberly; Christian Legal Society National Board Member
About author
John Mauck

JOHN MAUCK, an attorney for thirty years, is a founding partner at Mauck & Baker, LLC in Chicago. He is also an Allied Attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom. He received his B.A. from Yale and his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago. He and his wife of forty years have four adult children. John also wrote Paul on Trial, which was a Christian Book Award finalist.

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