Diversity within unity

Date of talk: 
Sunday, 15 January 2017
Paul Harrison
Bible verse: 
Galatians 3:23-29

On Sunday we continued our series preaching through the book of Galatians.  This week we looked at Galatians 3:23-29 where Paul addresses some of the divisions that were coming into the Galatian churches as a result of them beginning to follow the Law.  Paul puts forward in v.28 the Gospel’s beautiful answer to three of the biggest areas humanity divides over; race, social status or class and the battle of the sexes.  The Gospel is the great leveller of humanity where God takes those who had no rights before Him and raises them with Jesus to the position of co-heirs with Christ!  This means that no matter what race, social status or gender a person is, they have equal status, rights and privileges before God.  However, this does not mean that there are no differences between people, but that the differences that once divided people can now be celebrated as part of Jesus’ church which displays the manifold or multi-coloured wisdom of God.

For discussion: 

1.     What spoke to you / encouraged you / challenged you from Sunday’s sermon?

2.     We spoke about the world’s struggle with racism, classism and sexism.  What experiences of these prejudices have you encountered?  How have you dealt with them?

3.     In a society which prizes tolerating differences between people so highly, how do we engage with this conversation and show that the Gospel has a far better answer?

4.     God’s design for His church is celebrating diversity within unity.  How can we continue to grow in this in small groups and as a church? 

For anyone who wants to go further in thinking about the huge topic of race, the gospel and the church, this is well worth half an hour of your time - http://thinktheology.co.uk/blog/article/woke_church
I hope you have fruitful discussions engaging in these important and emotive topics!  Jesus is the answer to every bit of brokenness in our world.  He is making ALL things new.