SUNDAY AM OVERVIEW | August 13, 2017
We all need to be clear on one thing: all forms of racism are against the very nature of the cross. Any Christian that claims a form of racism is working directly against the reconciling work of God through the Cross of Christ. Christ did not come for superiority but unity. Christ came to smash all walls that divided people by skin color, wealth, country, politics, gender, race, culture, social status, or lineage. The beauty in the Kingdom of God is that there is unity in diversity. It's our faith in God, the Spirit of Christ that unites us. We are the result of reconciliation. Racial Reconciliation is God's Design!!!
Read: Revelation 7:9
Share - what are instances that you've seen racism or segregation? What did you see? Who was involved? What happened? How did it make you feel?
Discuss - do we see racism and segregation in our day to day lives? How does it affect us or our friends? What does the Bible say about racism or segregation? Read Ephesians.
Ask - Are we agents of reconciliation? What does it look like to be part of reconciling people back to each other? What areas in our lives do we continue to build walls rather than bridges to one another?
Think of one or two people this week that are hard to get along with or people you wouldn't normally talk to or hang out with. Name them and write them down. Invite them over, sit with them at lunch, start a conversation with them. Listen to them, ask them about their story, learn what a day looks like in their shoes. Connect with them. You may just find a new friend.
Additional Reading: Galatians, Romans 2:11, Galatians 3:28, Acts 10:34-35, 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
SUNDAY PM RECAP | July 30, 2017
We are God's chosen people. We are chosen for a PURPOSE - to spread the Gospel! It is easy to accept that we are chosen, but we are quick to forget our responsibility as one chosen by God. Our purpose does not come from us but from God. It is not by our power that we share the Gospel that can change lives, it's through power of the Spirit that guides our conversations. We didn't choose this but He chose us.
Read: 1 Peter 2:9
Share - someone you know in your life that you want to know Jesus. How do you know them?
Discuss - What does it mean to be chosen? How many times have we heard in sermons or read in the Bible that we need to share our faith? Discuss why this seems to be a centerpiece of faith.
Ask - What is holding us back from sharing our faith? Do we feel chosen? Do we believe it?
Think of 3 names that you would love to see come to know Jesus and have Him change their lives. Write those names down and begin to pray over these names. Be intentional about being light to these people.
Additional Reading: John 15:16