Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Deuteronomy 10:17-18, Psalm 146:9, and Ephesians 5:25
Genesis, Deuteronomy, Galatians, Colossians, 1 John, 1 Timothy
The message dealt with the Bible’s teaching that every person is made in the image of God and reflects the glory of God. The message challenged each of us to turn from and stand against the evil of racism. We can no longer act like racism is a problem that was solved in the 60’s. We must continually repent of any racism that creeps up in our minds and hearts. We should seek to stand against racism as it raises its ugly face in our nation’s institution. Why? Because, first, it dishonors our Savior who died for people from every tribe and language and people and nation. Second, because we know every person is made in the image of God. God sees that one human being is worth way more than all the stuff in the world. Jesus said in Mark 8:36 “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?” One person, one man, woman, boy or girl is worth more than all the stuff and fame of the world. We should see each other in that way and understand that each person somehow reflects the image of God and should be treated with the utmost respect. Third, we should see every person as a person who needs to come to know the love and forgiveness of God. We should see every person as a person for whom Christ died and who without Him will perish. God graciously entrusts believers with caring for people who are all made in the image of God. Our Lord Jesus expects us to turn from and stand against racism. God help us to do this today and every day.
Anatoliy Sapsay from Innovista Ukraine helped us remember that God was for us! God wants good for His people. God does not want us to blindly follow Him but to know and love Him. Anatoliy also reminded us that we are responsible for guarding our hearts. We guard our hearts, first of all, by not forgetting all God has done for us. Secondly, we guard our hearts against empty ideas and philosophies that lead us away from God. Paul reminds us of this same thing in Colossians 2:8: “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”
When Moses knew his time on earth was drawing to a close, he prophesied the coming of a prophet who would speak God’s words to His people–one we must heed. As usual, God does more than we expect. He doesn’t just send a prophet, He sends His Son. Jesus not only speaks God’s words, but shows us how we should heed–obey–God. He also makes provision for us before He leaves earth, just like Moses did, so that we would not be left alone again.