Building Foundations, Not Fences - Ethnicity, Race, and the Gospel

Week 1 Resources - Racism, Ethnicity, and the Gospel

  • How to Heal Our Racial Divide: What the Bible Says, and the First Christians Knew, about Racial Reconciliation, by Derwin Gray
  • Inalienable: How Marginalized Kingdom Voices Can Help Save the American Church, by Eric Costanzo, Daniel Yang, and Matthew Soerens
  • Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian, by John Piper (Foreword by Tim Keller)
  • God's Very Good Idea, by Trillia Newbell (kids' picture book)
  • God Made Me and You, by Shaii Linne (kids' picture book, but maybe best for those who've started school)

Week 1 Sermon Notes - Race, Ethnicity, and the Gospel

Racial Fences / Tension

  • Slavery; Historical Examples
  • Law Enforcement controversies
  • Workplace DEI
  • Finances and Politics
  • Accusations; Devaluing others
  • Navigating Diverse Cultures

Building a Foundation for Addressing Racism

  • Key Passages
  • Genesis 1:26-27
  • Genesis 3-11 (esp. 9:25)
  • Numbers 12:1-10
  • Gospels - Jesus’ genealogy; Samaritans
  • Acts 2; Acts 8
  • Household Codes / Slavery passages (1 Corinthians 7; Ephesians 6; Philemon)
  • Ephesians 2:11-22
  • Theological Principles
  • Made in the Image of God
  • Damaged and Divided by Sin
  • All have Sinned
  • Salvation available to All in Christ
  • The Gospel confronts all cultures and has the power to restore relationships and empower change.

How to Be Color Blessed, not Color Blind (phrase from Derwin Gray)

  1. Listen Humbly
  2. Learn from and Value Others
  3. Love and Serve One Another
  4. Lead Together (Churches; Partnerships)

The Goal of the Foundation

  • An Acts 1:8 Church
  • With a Matthew 22:36-40 Heart
  • On a Matthew 28:18-20 Mission
  • Based on a Revelation 7:9-10 Vision