Race and reconciliation is a conversation that can be hostile and polarizing. Emotions range from fear and frustration to fatigue and indifference—or even anger. But we are the Church, and God’s people are called to be peacemakers and ministers of reconciliation.
As we get started, we must all confess we come to the conversation with our own prejudices and personal experiences with race, and God’s Word may not currently be the primary source shaping our view on race and reconciliation, but it should be, and it can be.
The gospel message has never ignored racial issues. The greatest commandments compel us to love God and our neighbors, and the Great Commission compels us to share the gospel and build lasting relationships with other ethnicities. So this is bigger than a race issue—it’s a discipleship obstacle.
In this series of discussions, we'll unpack each phase along the path toward true gospel community through the life of the Apostle Peter in Acts 10. Although God used Peter powerfully to impact the early church, Peter himself struggled to build relationships with other ethnicities. The Holy Spirit deepened his understanding of the reconciliatory nature of the gospel message to unite him with people who didn’t look like him. Peter eventually learned that the church is stronger together—especially across ethnic lines. Let’s pray that our God will also give us a deeper revelation of the gospel through studying Peter’s journey of reconciliation.
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