Conversations on Race

Don’t Be Afraid


Talking about race can be difficult and uncomfortable. If the gospel is meant to reconcile all people to Christ, though, what’s the best way to approach the topic? Trillia Newbell sits down with Jennie Allen at the 2012 Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference to encourage Christians to have conversations about race with each other without fear. Trillia is the author of Fear and Faith and United as well as Director of Community Outreach for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for the Southern Baptist Convention. 


“Sunday is the most segregated day of the week.” Does that seem to be true in your church? What do you think is keeping churches from being more racially diverse?
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Do you get uncomfortable talking about race? Why or why not?
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Why do you think we are shy or fearful to talk about race in the Church?
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Trillia said there’s no reason to be afraid of different races because the gospel breaks down all barriers. In what ways have you experienced the gospel breaking down barriers?
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Trillia said it’s OK that people of different races are different. All of us are created in the image of God, and yet God created us different. What beauty do you see in people of other races that is different than what’s in you?
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Trillia said because God created us all, we are all also the same. What things do you have in common with people of a different race than you? In what ways might those similarities be a good starting point for conversation?
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Trillia said that to bring about change, the church should keep doing what it’s doing: ask good questions, engage, trust the Lord, step out of our comfort zones, reach out, disciple, and teach. God can do amazing things.  

What is one thing you can do this week to bring about a conversation on race? Are there things you can commit to for the long haul? If so, write them down and share them with a friend.
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The gospel breaks down barriers. Trillia encouraged us to have conversations about race with each other and appreciate each other’s gifts and differences. There’s no reason to fear when Christ is Lord over us all.  


For more information about the Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference, click here.