Your house, your home, and your life cannot shine His light for others to see when you don’t welcome everyone.
As a nation, we have participated in racism to some degree for hundreds of years. Sometimes the belittlement of an individual due to the pigmentation of their skin is blatant and other times it’s more subtle but still carries a powerful sting. Recently the escalation of cases and forms of injustice has taken America by storm. Protests are seen in almost every city. Social media posts are blowing up, and it is plastered on every news channel. What do you think Jesus would say if He were standing in your living room? How would He feel if He were part of your conversations surrounding the topics? How can we come together to stop racism and show His love?
This week Pastor had a conversation with our friends Hallerin Hilton Hill and Dr. Keith Gray. What is white privilege? How can we help? What do we as a congregation need to know? The conversation has to be raw (feel exposed and somewhat painful) and real (no sugar coating going on) in order to bring forth change. In this group session, we will continue the conversation and study some scripture that shows us how to act as the body of Christ united rather than divided.
Primary Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 12:13, 1 John 4:20-21, Galatians 3:28, Revelation 7:9
Read 1 Corinthians 12:13. Discuss with your group what it means to all drink one Spirit.
In multiple times throughout 1 John, John references the incongruencies of love and hate. Talk through 1 John 4:20-21 and apply to examples in today’s world. In addition to outright hate, discuss how indifference or inaction shows an absence of love. What actions are you taking to learn about and fight racism?
Galatians 3:28 and Revelation 7:9 describe what the body of Christ is like. While one unifies us all as the body of Christ, the other joins everyone together while still allowing representation of each. What would it look like if we were like this today? How can we apply the principles in each of these verses to our lives? Discuss “color blindness” vs. seeing diversity and realizing that people have different life experiences due to the color of their skin.
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read 1 John 4:7-21 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.