Questions to consider
Some things to reflect on from our service today around the theme of 'Rooted to Thrive - Racial Equality (1)'
How does it make you feel to know that you were created in God’s image, in his likeness?
What emotions spring to mind when you stop and ponder the fact that you are made in God’s image?
How much do you think of other people as being made in God’s image?
Do you think that if you thought of everyone as being made in God’s image, it would change the way you feel towards some people?
Steve shared some personal stories, and other stories of racist incidents and racial prejudice.
How did you feel as you read/heard those accounts?
Did they provoke anything in your spirit?
Do you need to share that with someone else and have them stand with you in prayer?
Micah 6:8 says:
‘He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’
What does it mean for us to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God in respect to racial equality?
What does it mean for us to walk in this personally? As a church?
What should we be doing and how should we work for this in our town and across our nation?
Right throughout Scripture God’s promises have been repeated to be for all nations, for all peoples, right from the promise to Abraham to bless all people through his descendants. Isaiah spoke out in Isaiah 12:4,5:
‘Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted. Sing to the LORD, for he has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.’
How can we cross the barriers of race and culture, of wealth and poverty to reach others who are also made in the image of God? What could that mean for you personally? What might it mean for us as a church?
Take time to pray personally into all that you have reflected on and to reach out to someone else and share with them.