22nd March 2015
Henry Ford said: ‘Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.’
Being united in Christ through faith does not mean that ethnic and cultural differences will be erased. Rather, ethnic and other categories (economic, gender, etc.) no longer define of our identities. Galatians 3:28 – ‘There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus’ (NIV) – is not a call to erase ethnic, class and gender diversity in an absolute sense. Rather, it is a call to break down any existing barriers and inequalities between them.
Do we embrace the youth and their culture? Do we embrace women as equal partners? Do we make all ethnic groups feel welcome and whole in the church? Are we sensitive to and do we make accommodations for people with disabilities? Do we embrace those with differing viewpoints? Perhaps diversity is the greatest challenge facing the church! How can we importantly love our differences? Can we preach (live) the gospel by accepting diversity; by accepting God’s heart of unconditional love – the gospel? At King’s we are increasingly recognising and accepting, respecting and celebrating, our cultural diversity.
Only God can bring about the full restoration and reconciliation of diversity in unity. This keeps us Christians humble as we go about being faithful and obedient in being agents of reconciliation for God, knowing that our efforts will be fruitful.
Question to Consider
Do you stand for honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need, regardless of their race, colour or creed?
Pray that God will give us endurance and encouragement and a spirit of unity among ourselves as we follow Christ Jesus, so that with one heart and mouth we may glorify Him.
We hope you have enjoyed following these Better Together daily devotionals. We would welcome any feedback or stories of how God has spoken to you or encouraged you through these words.
We will be posting some devotionals leading up to Easter Sunday to help you consider and prepare for the death and resurrection of Jesus, so central to our faith. These will start on Monday 30th March.
After that, if you are looking for a daily devotional or Bible reading plan to download, you will find a wide selection on youversion.com.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
Posted by King's Church London
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham, Lee and Beckenham. The church has seen continued growth since the mid-1990s, both in terms of size and diversity.
As well as leading King’s, Steve hosts and leads Newfrontiers, a fellowship of apostolic leaders with hundreds of churches around the world.
Steve is married to Deb. They have three grown up sons and one grandson.