This week's sermon study guide is pulled from the UPC 2017 Lent Study: "KiNDRED - The Multi-ethnic Family of God" View Full Study Here WEEK SIX: THE HEART OF UNITY | LOVE “By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35 “Racism and injustice, violence and hatred are spiritual problems. They are evil. Ultimately, only one power in the world can solve the problem of evil. Only the power of the cross, only the life and death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, can open the way of life, hope and reconciliation.” Brenda McNeil Salter and Rick Richardson, The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change, page 27 OPENING PRAYER Thank you, God, for loving us and pursuing us as You have pursued Jonah. Help us to understand what You are patiently, repeatedly trying to teach us. Enable us, through the power of Your Holy Spirit, to seek multi-ethnic unity and reconciliation based on Your greatest act of love: Your redeeming work on the cross. Amen. REFLECT: Discuss last week’s personal challenge. WATCH: Kindred Video - https://vimeo.com/205097589 READ: Jonah 4:1-11 Last week, we learned of God’s great compassion and love for people long considered enemies of Israel. When God saw that the Ninevites had turned from their evil ways, He relented and chose not to destroy their city. United as a community, the Ninevites are miraculously saved through Jonah’s prophetic message of warning. God’s salvation thus produces one of the most beautiful and astonishing moments of relief and joy in all the Old Testament.
This week's sermon study guide is pulled from the UPC 2017 Lent Study: "KiNDRED - The Multi-ethnic Family of God" View Full Study Here WEEK FIVE: THE WORK OF REFORM | TURN “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 “What should the church’s response be to a world being torn apart by prejudice, hatred and fear? We believe it is imperative that the Christian church regain its integrity to address injustice.” Brenda Salter McNeil and Rick Richardson, The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change, page 22 OPENING PRAYER Oh Lord, we approach You with humble hearts. We are a part of a culture, and our culture needs Your healing hand. Please help us to turn toward You, toward Your purposes, and become one with Your compassion. Amen. REFLECT: Discuss last week’s personal challenge. WATCH: Kindred Video - https://vimeo.com/204617587 READ: Jonah 3:1-10 Last week we learned that Jonah—cast helplessly into the depths of the sea—cried out to the very God he had endeavored to ignore. God heard Jonah and saved him, causing Jonah to promise to fulfill his vow to the Lord. Now open to the Lord’s leading, Jonah receives a second word to go to Nineveh and proclaim God’s message.