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05.30.21

Justice For All: Reflecting the Heart of God, During a Cultural Standoff - Week 3: The Cruciform Community

Justice For All: Reflecting the Heart of God, During a Cultural Standoff - Week 3: The Cruciform Community

Series: Justice for All: Reflecting the Heart of God, During a Cultural Standoff

Key Passage: 1 Corinthians 12:23-26

Speaker: Nate Wagner

Getting Started

What has been the most helpful from our “Justice for All” Series? 

Was there anything you found confusing and/or disagreed with?  

What does it mean to you for the church to be “The Repairer of the Breach” in our culture when it comes to race relations and racial justice?   

Study Read I Cor 12:12-31 Together.

Observations?  Questions?  Insights?

Talk about the different relational dynamics present in verses 23-26.

How would it challenge you or what changes would you need to make to respond to those most unlike you in the way Paul talks about in this text?

How would each of these applications look in your own context?

Use differences as a doorway for dialogue.

See distance as a barrier to peace.

Do something for the cause of justice.  

Consider

Isaiah 5:16 says, “But the Lord Almighty will be exalted by his justice, and the holy God will be proved holy by his righteous acts.”  Why is it significant that God reveals his glory and exalts himself by his justice?  What should that mean for us as His Image Bearers?  

Do you agree or disagree with the following?  Why?

Unfortunately, for many of us there are certain reactions that surface whenever the subjects of race and racial justice surface.  We tend to react out of fear; we get defensive and angry; often shutting down or lashing out with trite and reductionistic retorts.  What we often fail to realize is that our Christian identity offers us endless hope and situates us well to engage in discussions of race, ethnicity, justice and unity with confidence, curiosity, and compassion.