Currently we are in the middle of a series at The Point Church titled "Who We Are." This week we talked about our value to "Intentionally Pursue Diversity" and the necessity and the practicality of living that value out! Being a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural church is hard work, however at The Point we believe it is a gospel issue that we can't ignore.
Ephesians 2:15b-16 says, "His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility."
Jesus came to make diverse groups of people one in Jesus Christ. When our worship services as the the church (the bride of Christ) are the most segregated times in America, I believe we are not fully displaying the Gospel of Jesus to our community. We believe that Jesus is bigger than our differences and that the power of Christ makes us brothers and sisters together those who may look, speak, and act differently than ourselves. Our value to "Intentionally Pursue Diversity" comes out of this belief.
Our value is stated as this...
It was incredible to have this message lived out as it was preached by a Latino Pastor, 2 Caucasion Pastors, and an African American Pastor at our four campuses! I love that our church family is taking real steps to "Point People To Jesus" of every culture and ethnicity in our communities!
If you missed the message on Sunday, I would highly encourage you to listen to the message!
www.pointchurchsermons.com (Byron's Message in Cary)
Also, this Sunday we shared our 8 Diversity Commitments at The Point Church. I wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to read them and ask questions! We are committed to be one family in Christ that includes all ethnicities, ages, genders, cultures and economic statuses. If you have any questions your Campus Pastor would love to walk you through what these 8 commitments look like. Here they are below:
1) We will pursue diverse relationships.
2) We will worship like who we want to be.
3) We will strive for diverse leadership.
4) We will do life together at all levels.
5) We will devote ourselves to humility and patience.
6) We will get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
7) We will continue to focus on pointing people to Jesus.
8) We will passionately ask God for Diversity
Finally, if you want to take some next steps personally to join us in intentionally pursuing diversity here a couple of things we will be doing over the next month!
I am excited to continue to watch Jesus build his church!