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Sermon Call-to-Action

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.   
Matthew 16:24

From Groaning to GLORY

Week:   January 16 - January 22

From the Pastor's Pen

WORLD RENOWNED SCHOLAR W.E.B. DUBOIS declared in his groundbreaking 1903, The Souls of Black Folk, that “the problem of the Twentieth Century is the problem of the color line.” Sadly, that profound observation still rings true more than a hundred years later in the twenty-first century. I believe that it grieves the heart of God that the people of God do not model a way forward to a culture seeking answers to the age-old problem of racism and God’s desire for racial healing and racial reconciliation. The church, however, is God’s chosen vehicle to advance the conversation on racism and racial healing/reconciliation. From its inception, the church was to be a multi-ethnic witness to the world around it. This is THE YEAR OF THE WITNESS. Will you be a witness for racial healing and racial reconciliation? The message for this week is entitled, “An Uncomfortable Conversation: The Sin of RACISM.”

Our sermonic call to action this week is to:

MEDITATE upon Galatians 3:28, Genesis 1:27, Luke 10:25-37, Matthew 23:23, Matthew 25:31-40, Revelation 5:9-10, I John 4:20, John 3:16, Matthew 28:18-9, and Ephesians 2:14-16.

PRIORITIZE quiet time with God in silence, solitude, scripture reading, and journaling as you pray and meditate on how God is trying to utilize you to facilitate awareness and conversations concerning racism, racial healing, and racial reconciliation.

INVITE someone this week to partner with you as you commit to the difficult and ongoing work of racial justice and racial healing. Invite the person to hold you accountable as you increase your commitment to this Kingdom initiative.

CONTEMPLATE what racism means to you from an individualistic perspective and an institutional perspective. Think about experiences you have had with racism and how you responded. Reflect on how God might be inviting you to respond to racism differently. Meditate on the definitions given for individual racism, institutional racism, and racial reconciliation in the message. In lieu of those definitions, pray about how God might be inviting you to advance the conversation on racism, racial healing, and racial reconciliation. What do you think God is trying to show you? What do you feel God is trying to prepare you for next? How is God strategically utilizing you to help First Baptist Church Gallatin become a multi-ethnic witness to our world?

PRAY ABOUT, PERSONALIZE, INTERNALIZE & ACTUALIZE the following practical statements from the message:

  1. Racism rejects GOD’S ACT in creation in creation all people in the IMAGE of GOD.

  2. Racism opposes JESUS’COMMANDMENT to LOVE and engage those who are different & hurting.

  3. Racism rejects Jesus’ emphasis on the WEIGHTIER MATTERS of JUSTICE, MERCY, and FAITHULNESS.

  4. Racism exploits the LEAST AMONG US.

  5. Racism is inconsistent with the KINGDOM VISION of SCRIPTURE.

  6. RACIAL RECONCILIATION is not a side issue; It is a BIBLICAL GOSPEL ISSUE.

Pastor Derrick L Jackson