Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
We finish off our series on race relations as we look at "New Creation"
biblical and theological principles for the Development of a Racially and Ethnically Diverse and Unified Family of God.
We examine some of the following principles:
1. The uniting of all things in Jesus Christ is at the heart of God’s eternal plan for the ages.
2. Reconciliation with God and reconciliation with one another are inseparable in God’s saving work.
3. Already in the old covenant, the scope of God’s mission is racially and ethnically inclusive.
4. In Pentecost, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the church, God gives new power to the church—power to break down walls of separation and create a community that transcends divisions of race, ethnicity, and culture.
5. The church, in its unity and diversity, is God’s strategic vehicle for bringing into being his new creation.
6. God calls Christians to find their deepest identity in union with and in the service of Jesus Christ.
7. Obedience in matters of racial reconciliation calls us, individually and corporately, to continually repent, to strive for justice, and to battle the powers of evil.
8. Christians live and work in the hope that one day the reconciliation of all things will be fully realized.
The above principles come from this study report, "God's Diverse and Unified Family" can be found at this link: https://www.crcna.org/sites/de...
The main theme for today is Romans 8:28:
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Our God is a God who turns dust into diamonds, and can redeem the ugliest of situations and sins. Our God's plan "to make everything new, right, and beautiful again" will not be stopped, and we as the church are called to be the means of carrying out God's wonderful inclusive plans for humanity as He sums up everything in our LORD and Saviour, Jesus Christ!