2 - One Church

The Work of Jesus

In the last session, D.A. described things we all share as humans: dignity as image bearers of God, the same parents in Adam and Eve, and sinful hearts that harbor racism and division. He said that the only cure for racism is the gospel of Jesus. In this session, D.A. talks more about the power and scope of the gospel.

D.A. shared the story of the gospel—the good news that Jesus paid our debt and restored our relationship with God and each other through his life, death, and resurrection. It is a story that never gets old, and one that we need to hear again and again. 

Why do we need to hear the gospel often? What specifically encouraged you about the way D.A. shared it?
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Read the passage below before considering the following questions. 

Ephesians 2:11-18 (ESV)

One in Christ

11Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands—12remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.14For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility15by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace,16and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility.17And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near.18For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

In this passage, we read that Jesus secured salvation for all people of every ethnicity. This means… 

  • All people are sinners in need of hope and God (v. 12).
  • People of every ethnicity can be brought near to God through Christ (v. 13). 
  • Jesus created one family of God—the church of Christ (vv. 14–16).
  • There is no place for racism in the body of Christ (vv. 17–18).

D.A. said, “The walls of segregation and self-preservation that we build up, Jesus Christ destroyed.” 

What words or phrases stuck out to you from the Ephesians passage? Why?
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When have you experienced peace and unity with believers of a different race or ethnicity? What was that like for you? In what ways was unity encouraged and fostered among the group?
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Why might racism be considered a form of pride? Could you have any prejudices or self-preserving walls built in your heart? What might they look like?
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Matthew 28:18-20 (ESV)

18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

D.A. said that the gospel is the cure for racism because “sinners from every walk of life, every sinful orientation, every ethnicity, and every socioeconomic background can freely come to Jesus for salvation.”

Because the gospel is for all people, we who know and believe in Christ have been commissioned by Him to go and make disciples of all nations. How can we do this? Watch this illustration about the power and influence we have as children of Light. 

To walk as children of Light is to proclaim the message of the gospel in the dark corners of our places and to the ends of the earth. We are called to work as one unified body to be a city on a hill and a beacon of hope that exposes racism and prejudice and invites people to Christ. 

Where does the light of Christ need to shine in your workplace, neighborhood, or community? Why? How could you be light in those dark places?
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D.A. encouraged us to proclaim the gospel boldly. Do you consider yourself bold in the gospel? Why or why not? How could you grow in boldness and bravery?
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We are called to make disciples of all nations because it is the final realty of the kingdom—a multiethnic congregation that worships as one family for all time. May we never lose sight of this vision. Head to the next session to consider ways to gather and unify ethnicities in the church and your community.