Reflecting the beauty of San Diego and our world:
John 13:35 (CSB)
35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Ephesians 2:13-15 (CSB)
13 But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who made both groups one and tore down the dividing wall of hostility. In his flesh, 15 he made of no effect the law consisting of commands and expressed in regulations, so that he might create in himself one new man from the two, resulting in peace.
Revelation 7:9 (CSB)
9 After this I looked, and there was a vast multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and language, which no one could number, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes with palm branches in their hands.
Everywhere you look there is division, but when Jesus conquered our sin and death he tore down our divisions. We are one in Him and we believe the church should celebrate that now! If every tongue and tribe will be present in heaven, it must mean we hold on to language and ethnic differences. But why wait to celebrate? We can show the world that our unity transcends melanin, language and history. We a rich tapestry, woven together by Christ! Of course unity does not mean assimilation. Our church is learning daily what it means to learn from each other’s experience while staying solid on Biblical doctrine. You shouldn’t have to become like everyone else to worship with us. We are going to get this wrong often, but we won’t stop trying. Can’t stop, won’t stop!
Insider Outsider/ Right Color wrong culture, Bryan Loritts
The post-black and post-white church, Efrem Smith
Becoming a healthy multi-ethnic church, Mark DeyMaz
White Awake, Daniel Hill
Aliens in the Promised Land, Anthony Bradley
Bloodlines, John Piper