5139 S Dorchester Avenue Worship Service Sundays @ 10:15 am


Reconciliation: To God, to Others, to Self


Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.     2 Cor. 5:17-21

 

Reconciliation to God: The gift of Christ’s reconciliation is at the very heart of the Gospel.  This work of reconciliation begins when men and women are made right with God through faith in the death and resurrection of Christ on our behalf.  As a Christian community, we commit to regularly and faithfully proclaim the good news of the redemption that is possible only in Jesus Christ.

Reconciliation to Others: In Christ, the old barriers of race, gender, culture, economics, social standing, and educational lack and privilege are destroyed.  This difficult work of reconciliation to one another requires grace, faith, patience, time, humility, and mutual submission, but it is possible.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we submit ourselves and our preferences to one another as we work toward the goal of becoming a community of prayer, worship and service that reflects the beautiful diversity that God has granted to our neighborhood.

Reconciliation to Self: In Christ, women and men are reconciled to their own hearts.  The good news of Jesus Christ liberates us from the “false selves” we create in response to sin, pain, and fear and frees us to discover our true identities in Christ.  Through this process of reconciliation to self, we are changed and empowered to live out our true, God-given vocations with courage and perseverance, even in the midst of great challenges.