Sermon Date: 1-14-2018 Preacher: Ryan Fullerton Text: Colossians 3
In the kingdom of God, “…there is not Greek and jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free: but Christ is all, and in all.” Although it remains a great challenge in the church, the divisions which constantly threaten her unity have been eradicated.
1. Building a community from all cultures where Christ is King can and probably will make you weary. If you are weary, where are you turning for strength? If you are not weary, are you pressing into community? Are you having hard conversations? Seeking unity with those not like? Are you seeking to live on common ground – namely that we are in Christ?
2. Are there ways that your ‘position’ or ‘place’ (ethnic, socioeconomic, etc.) has allowed you to feel like you’re a superior person? Conversely, are there ways your position/place has made you feel inferior and resulted in self-loathing? Have these things resulted in certain ways of speaking? How has it affected how you choose to serve and who you choose to serve? Who you choose to fellowship with? Would you humbly share that to the group? And would you, as a group, receive this from one another with patience and a willingness to forgive? Finally, would you help one another press into these tensions as a united people whose identity is grounded in Christ Jesus?
3. In what ways have you tried to learn, grow, and enjoy the culture of a person different from you? In what ways have you intentionally tried to grow in understanding and loving a person/people from another culture?