3 - Many Ethnicities

The Practices of Believers


We have seen in this course that we have a responsibility as the children of God to see the inherent dignity in all people, respond to racism with the the gospel, and extend the gospel to all people of every ethnicity. In this final session, D.A. shares several practical ways to engage in the ministry of ethnic conciliation.



D.A. prefers “ethnic conciliation” more than “racial reconciliation” for two reasons:

  • There is only one human race made up of a multitude of ethnicities. 
  • There has never been conciliation between all ethnicities, so there cannot be reconciliation. 

What do you think about his term? Do you agree that it is a better term than racial reconciliation? Why or why not?
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Throughout the video, D.A. shared several ethnic conciliation practices for us to employ in our lives, the church, and our communities:

  • Build relationships with people of all ethnicities.
  • Ask God to reveal prejudice in our hearts.
  • Celebrate ethnicity in the church.
  • Rid churches of systemic segregation.
  • Seek “comrades” and co-laborers.” 
  • Partner with nonbelievers.
  • Live on mission. 

Which of these have you done before, or are common practices for you? How do they build bridges to the gospel? Which would you like to practice? How can you do that?
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Do you have any friends of different ethnicities? How did you meet them? What have you learned about their stories that has surprised, challenged, encouraged, or changed you?
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Psalm 139:23-24 (ESV)

23Search me, O God, and know my heart!

Try me and know my thoughts!

24And see if there be any grievous way in me,

and lead me in the way everlasting!

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. encouraged us to pray this prayer. Have you ever asked God to search your heart for sin and prejudice? If so, what did God reveal and what changed in your heart after that? If not, what fears might you have in doing so?
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D.A. said, “Within evangelism in America…it is presupposed that we should not talk about ethnic differences because we are all one in Christ, but…God sovereignly chose us to be what we are and we need to celebrate it. We do that by avoiding the two extremes: idolizing our ethnicity and ignoring our ethnicity.” 

Do you agree with D.A. that ethnicities should be affirmed and celebrated in the church? Why or why not?
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In what ways does your church recognize, affirm, or celebrate ethnicity? Is ethnic diversity reflected in the leadership?What else could they do? How could you lead the way?
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D.A. shared three relationships each of us can pursue to move forward with ethnic conciliation in our communities:

  1. Compadres: Close friends, community group members, or accountability partners who speak truth in our lives.
  2. Co-Laborers: Others within the body of Christ whom we may not theologically agree with, but can work alongside on mission.
  3. Co-Belligerence: Nonbelievers whom we can partner with short term to bring different ethnicities together and seek the common good of the community.

Who are your compadres? What are some specific ways they encourage you with truth and embolden you live on mission in your home, work, and community?
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Do you have any co-laborers in the faith? If not, how could you meet them? What might it look like to pursue ethnic conciliation in your community together?
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Do you have any unbelieving friends or neighbors, or know anyone engaged in public affairs in your community? What are some ways you could you partner with them to seek conciliation and change in your city?
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How might your efforts for ethnic conciliation build trust in the local church and gospel message in your community? Why?
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"The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me" (John 17:22–23).  

Before His death, Jesus prayed to the Father. One of his prayers was for unity among believers—unity that would illustrate gospel love to the world. May we not be content with the racism we see in our communities or the segregation that characterizes Sunday mornings in America. Instead, may we dialogue with our brothers and sisters of different ethnicities and link arms to shine the light of the gospel at racism, injustice, and segregation. May we be known by our love for one another, love our our neighbors of every ethnicity, and love for our King.