This week, we are devoting our entire online gathering to a conversation about race, justice, and diversity. Our prayer is that God will use this conversation as a catalyst towards deeper relationships, understanding, and unity in our community. We know this conversation won’t answer every question but we hope it will help move us in the right direction as a church. As followers of Jesus, we are called to be known by our love for one another. (John 13:35) We are also called to represent Jesus and His heart for reconciliation to this world. (2 Cor 5) By God’s grace, we will continue to grow in our ability to do both well in the days ahead.
We hope the following prayer prompts and discussion questions will help you continue processing what you’ve experienced.
QUESTIONS FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
- What were some of the spoken and unspoken messages about race in your family of origin?
- When was the last time you shared a meal or had coffee with someone of a different race? This is significant because diverse churches are made up of people with diverse friend groups.
- Can you point to specific examples of prejudice or racism in your thoughts, words or actions?
- Are your convictions about racial reconciliation more shaped by the gospel or by other factors?
QUESTIONS FOR GROUP DISCUSSION
- What surprised or impacted you the most from this conversation?
- Are there other questions you would have liked to have been asked?
- How should we think differently about questions of race, justice, and diversity as Christians? What does a distinctly gospel-centered approach to these topics look like?
- What are some next steps you feel God leading you to take to grow personally in this area?
- White Awake by Daniel Hill
- Advocates by Dhati Lewis
- Insider Outsider by Bryan Loritts
This week, we want our prayer to be guided by Ephesians 2:11-22. Use the following prompts as the Spirit leads you:
- Spend some time thanking God for the hope we have as a result of His promises to us in Christ. (Eph. 2:12)
- Ask God to search your heart for any ways that you have contributed to “the dividing wall of hostility” that is prejudice and racism. (Eph. 2:14) Spend time repenting for specific thoughts, words, and actions. As you confess your sin, celebrate the mercy of a God who promises to forgive and cleanse us. (1 John 1:9)
- Pray that our church would be marked by the kind of unity in diversity that Christ purchased for us on the cross. (Eph. 2:16)
- Pray that God would make us a deeply welcoming and loving church. Pray that all who attend RCC will feel not only welcomed but loved in the house of God. (Eph. 2:21-22)
We also want to continue praying for the Lord’s leading, guidance, and wisdom as we get ready to resume in-person gatherings on Sunday, July 12th.
RCC Kids Resources
While you are at home with your children, we encourage you to continue leading them in their growing relationship with God. We believe this is a great opportunity to exemplify that church is not a place but a body of people.
“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
Play a game like hide-and-seek with your kids. Talk about what would happen if you peeked while they were hiding. Ask them about situations where they might feel tempted to disobey or dishonor God.
Encourage them to memorize 1 Corinthians 10:13.