When Racism Gets in the Way

During our series you may have noticed that there is one very consistent trigger for what makes Jesus mad: people who claim to have a relationship with God who are keeping others from knowing God.

As we will see today, another trigger would be racism and prejudice — or, to put it another way, the failure to recognize the image of God in one another.

Racism and prejudice have no place in God’s kingdom. Therefore, it has no place in this church or in your personal life if you call yourself a follower of Jesus.

To follow Jesus we must love all…that’s what we’ve been called to do.

Sermon preached on November 28, 2021.

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Digging Deeper

Want to get a little deeper into the study? Below are some questions and thoughts to consider based on the sermon message. Feel free to work through them on your own, as a family or in your small group. (Discussion questions for elementary-age kids can be found below.) If you have questions, please contact us.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What comparisons and prejudices have you encountered in life? Have your own comparisons and prejudices changed as you’ve gotten older?
  2. What are the disciples angry about in Luke 9:51-56 and how did they want to respond? What is the significance of Samaria and why was there such hostility between the Samaritans and the Jews culturally? (For further discussion, what other references come to mind when you think of Jesus interacting with Samaritans?)
  3. What can we learn from Jesus’ rebuke of the disciples? What prejudices might Jesus rebuke today?
  4. What is Paul’s message in Colossians 3:1-14? Where do you see the theme of mutuality?
  5. Reread Colossians 3:14. How are love and harmony linked? Can you have one without the other? Are there any restrictions to love?
  6. Thinking eternally, what will heaven look like? How does Jesus’ commission in Matthew 28:19-20 help give us a glimpse into the makeup of people in heaven
YOUR CALL TO ACTION:
  • What action will you take this week to show empathy to those who encounter prejudice? Ask God to open your eyes to the perspective of people different from you.

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