Building a Movement: Explorations in the World of Paul the Apostle, Strategic Thinking
Sunday, September 9 – 10:00am
Congressman John Lewis reminds us that The scars and stains of racism are still deeply embedded in the American society. Old wounds that we thought were healing seem to be as exposed and raw as ever in our time.
As the apostle Paul created a Jesus movement, he created a multicultural movement with people of different ethnicities and religious backgrounds. He spoke several languages himself. He was a leading Rabbi and yet a Roman citizen. He knew that the movement would grow only if it had the skills to cross boundaries of language, culture and race.
11o’clock on Sunday morning is still a very segregated hour in our community and nation. If the message of Jesus is going to have traction for future generations, it will need to rediscover the power of a multicultural gospel, appealing to all and excluding nobody.
Galatia was a province in current day Turkey inhabited by a Celtic tribe. They wrestled with inclusiveness, just as the Celts in their conflicts with Roman authority in other parts of the Roman Empire. Paul tells them to get over it!
Galatians 3:25-28 Common English Bible (CEB)
But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a custodian.
You are all God’s children through faith in Christ Jesus. All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
How easily do you build relationships across the divisions of race, culture and language? How might we improve our skills as a community in order to interact with people in our neighborhoods who are different from us? How might
St. Mark’s be more deliberate in reaching out to different kinds of people in Sacramento?
Peggy & Paul
Jim & Johanna Brownell
Pat & Gordon Close
The family and friends of Steve Mitchell.
Steve’s memorial service will be in MacMurdo Hall on Friday, October 19 at 7:00pm.