“For He himself is our peace, who has made us each one and has damaged down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the regulation of commandments expressed in ordinances, that He would possibly create in Himself one new man rather than the 2, so making peace, and would possibly reconcile us each to God in a single physique via the cross, thereby killing the hostility.” Ephesians 2:14-16 //
This morning our lead pastor Carl Gulley wrapped up our sequence, All Peoples. On this sequence, we’ve got been having a look at racial reconciliation with a biblical perspective and dialoguing about what that appears like within the church and past. Final week, we talked in regards to the race continuum – from lively racist, to passive, to newbie reconciler and at last, ambassador.
BELIEVERS CAN’T AFFORD TO BE PASSIVE.
We’re known as to be ambassadors. Once we, because the Church, take up that decision, we will be the therapeutic balm our world wants.
Immediately, we took a take a look at the twin narrative dynamic and what it means to be bridge builders. Racial reconciliation conversations can really feel tough as a result of there are all the time two sides to each story. Our story is smart to us due to our background and life experiences. It’s simpler to only stick with our individuals and be comfy with our story. We received’t discover unity till we’re prepared to go over the obstacles and search to know the opposite facet of the story.
Very similar to our society at present, the early Church skilled division between the Jews and the Gentiles. The Jews sometimes stayed on their facet of the wall, referred to the Gentiles because the unclean and the foreigners.
This started to vary in Acts 10, which we learn collectively this morning. On this passage, the Lord tells Peter to go along with the Gentiles. As he does, he realizes that God has no partiality, however all are invited in.
RECONCILIATION RESULTS IN A MOVE OF GOD.
In Acts 10:44-48, the Holy Spirit falls on all who had been gathered. The Gentiles lastly have an invite to fulfill God, and they’re later baptized. Revival remains to be doable at present, but it surely begins with us getting outdoors of our 4 partitions and turning into bridge builders. We don’t need to simply stick with our individuals or make everybody change into identical to us, we need to have fun all individuals.
FOUR CHARACTERISTICS OF A BRIDGE BUILDER –
- Deliberately construct relationships throughout cultural strains // It begins with reaching throughout the obstacles and genuinely constructing relationships with individuals who could not share your story.
- Good Listeners // Really hear with compassion, and don’t simply wait in your flip to talk. Ask your self when you’re simply listening to the assertion, or when you’re listening to the ache under the assertion.
- Search to study and perceive // It’s on all of us to take possession of this subject. Take time to study and educate your self earlier than partaking within the dialog.
- Not offended simply // Racial reconciliation will not be for the faint of coronary heart. It may get messy and it received’t all the time be straightforward, however it’s what we’re known as to.
RECONCILIATION IS NOT A TREND, IT COST JESUS HIS LIFE.
Selecting to go towards racial and social injustices could not all the time going to win you the approval of others. Even Peter obtained backlash from the opposite disciples when he selected to interact with the Gentiles. Selecting to go towards society is probably not the favored alternative, however it’s the manner of the Kingdom.
James 1:19 says, “be fast to hear, gradual to talk and gradual to change into indignant.” It appears our tradition has fully flipped James 1:19. We are able to’t let tradition dictate our perspective, we’d like the Phrase of God to be our lens.
JESUS BROKE DOWN THE WALL OF HOSTILITY.
Finally, all of us belonged on the opposite facet of the wall, separated from Jesus. Our sin made us unclean, however due to what Jesus did on the cross, the wall is damaged down and we’re invited in.
Now, we’ve got the chance to mannequin what Jesus did. We are able to break down the partitions and as an alternative, be bridge builders.