Pastor Steve Williams : Bringing Down the Walls

Shockwaves · 50:45 · Recorded May 26, 2019

Bringing Down The Walls

God made only one race, but many “ethnos groups.”

Acts 17:26-27 (CSB) “From one man he has made every nationality to live over the whole earth and has determined their appointed times and the boundaries of where they live. He did this so that they might seek God, and perhaps they might reach out and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.”

Revelation 7:9-10 (NLT) After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb…And they were shouting with a mighty shout, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!”

To his glory, we can’t be color-blind, but must be color-brave!

Racism is a spiritual fight with evil we must stand against!

Ephesians 6:12 (NCV) Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world.

Romans 12:2 (NIV) Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Becoming the bridge over racism

Galatians 3:28 (MSG) In Christ’s family there can be no division into Jew and non-Jew, slave and free, male and female. Among us you are all equal. That is, we are all in a common relationship with Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 2:14-16 (NIV) For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility…His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.

1. I’ve been given my Church family for support!

Stand against anything less than full acceptance.

Romans 15:7 (TEV) Accept one another, then, for the glory of God, as Christ has accepted you.

Radiate your love as a witness to the world!

John 13:34-35 (MSG) “Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other.”

2. Aim for real, authentic relationships and open conversations.

Ephesians 4:15 (NIV) Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.

Practice humility, empathy & solidarity with others.

James 1:19-20 (NLT) You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteous-ness God desires.

With God’s help we can see our biases, learning to keep them in check.

3. Look to support others who struggle.

Galatians 6:2 (GW) Help carry each other’s burdens. In this way you will follow Christ’s teachings.

1 Corinthians 16:13-14 (NRSV) Keep alert, stand firm in your faith, be courageous, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.

Keep believing the end goal is worth the journey!

PLEASE NOTE: The subjects dealt with in this series are eliciting strong emotions that are easily exploited today. It’s VERY likely there are persons in your group who don’t look at these exactly like you do. Begin your discussion time with prayer, claiming Colossians 3:15.

  • When did you become personally aware of the reality of racism?

  • When have you been enabled to see into another’s life experience and culture different than your own, and what were your feelings? How did you find yourself identifying with or being touched by the message panelists’ experiences and stories?

  • Read Proverbs 4:7 and Philippians 2:3-4. How are these passages related to the issue of racism? When have you gained understanding that your words or ways of doing things had unwittingly caused a person to be offended? How has this message helped sharpen your sensitivity to others’ feelings or perceptions?

  • What do you wish persons of other ethnicities could know about you? What do you suppose they might wish for you or others to know about them? If you could have five minutes with God and be guaranteed he’d grant your request, what would you ask for our country with regard to the struggles of racism?

  • What was your biggest “aha moment” or most valuable insight from this message? What scriptures from the message will have deeper meaning for you going forward from today?

  • What do you sense Jesus is calling you to do in response to this message? How can your group pray for or assist you with this?

  • Elementary Parents, we wrapped up our month-long series on honesty today with a story to help kids see that lying can cost you. Ask kids who got greedy and then lied to cover it up. (Elisha’s servant Gehazi) What did it cost him? (He developed leprosy) We were careful to tell kids that they don’t have to worry about getting leprosy if they lie, but there is a price to be paid when we lie. Trust is broken, friendships can be lost, people can be hurt and so much more. God wants us to be honest in all we say and do.

  • The Way

  • Goodness Of God

  • Jesus I Need You

  • For The One

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