Why Talk About Race?

Because God Has Spoken – Part 1

August 1/2, 2020

After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. (Revelation 7:9)

Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Matthew 6:10)

It is written: “I believed; therefore, I have spoken.” (2 Corinthians 4:13)

We talk about race because God has spoken…and when God speaks, all other voices are silenced.

The aim of this series is to educate us, equip us, empower us and encourage us to pursue biblically- based, Christ-exalting, Spirit-led, gospel-driven racial and ethnic diversity and peace, especially in the household of God.

The climate dictates the forecast.

Search me, O God and see if there is any offensive way in me. (Psalm 139:23-24)

We all bear the image of God.

God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God, he created them, male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)

And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth. (Acts 17:26)

Race is not a scientific category; it is a sociological classification.
Every human being is 99.9 percent identical in genetic makeup, regardless of skin color.

“There is only the human race from every perspective: biological, historical, and in God’s Word, the Bible. For the past five hundred years, Western society has been playing out a role in a drama written by the Enemy of our souls, the myth of the master race, and every act has been a tragedy. It’s time to change the script.”—Dave Unander in his book titled Shattering the Myth of Race: Genetic Realities and Biblical Truths

God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God, he created them, male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27)

And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth. (Acts 17:26)

“God, open my eyes to see Your truth and to believe Your Word.”

Why Talk About Race-Because God Has Spoken-Part 1 Discussion Questions:

These questions are designed to extend the impact of the weekend message. Use them to go deeper in your personal study time, with your family and/or with a group.

1. What makes the topic of race such a difficult conversation to have for so many? Why has it been hard at times for you?

2. Why is the Christian perspective on the topic of race needed? How has that perspective been misrepresented by some? And how have Christians themselves misrepresented what God says about race?

3. Pastor John gave this definition of racism: racism is any explicit or implicit belief or practice that values one race over others. Do you agree with that definition? If not, how would you define racism? Are there any beliefs or practices you were taught that said certain groups of people were naturally inferior and others were naturally superior?

4. One basic Scriptural truth all Christians should affirm is that we all bear the image of God. Read Genesis 1:27 & Acts 17:26. What do you think it means to be made in the image of God? What are some of the current issues in the world that need to be addressed beginning with this understanding?

5. John the Revelation writer shows that God values and redeems all ethnicities. Read Revelation 5:9-10 and 7:9-10. In heaven the beautiful uniqueness of every ethnicity will be celebrated. What are the implications for the church today, and what might that look like?

Close by praying this prayer: “God, open my eyes to see Your truth and to believe Your Word.”