If you’re looking to dive deeper into what the Bible says about this topic, here’s a suggested Reading Plan, one passage per day for a whole week, based on the conversation between Pastor Steven and Pastor John Gray:
- MONDAY: Genesis 1:27; Genesis 4:1-16
- TUESDAY: Ephesians 2:11-22
- WEDNESDAY: James 2:1-13
- THURSDAY: Luke 10:25-37
- FRIDAY: Galatians 3:26-29; Colossians 3:11-17
- SATURDAY: 1 Samuel 16:7; John 17:11
- SUNDAY: Psalm 137
eGroup Discussion Questions – Great for personal reflection/journaling, too!
Sermon Notes: “Become the Bridge” ⤵️
A Conversation Between: Steven Furtick & John Gray from Relentless Church
Date: May 31, 2020
Today’s discussion hits hard on recent events in the United States. Simply taking notes feels vastly inadequate to truly capture the weight of the moment. I’ve included some key highlights that both Pastor Steven and Pastor John Gray said, along with the action points that were mentioned. Notes were taken during the 9:30 livestream from the Ballentyne campus.
As you review the notes from this conversation, consider sitting down with family, friends, and eGroup members and having your own conversation. You can use these notes as a jumping off point. Also, take time to listen. The eGroup Discussion Guide, which I usually link to, is especially helpful here for a group discussion, not just a personal one.
Time to sit down and have a conversation.
Before you can take a stand, you have to take a seat.
Jesus stood up for people by sitting with people.
“I feel hopeless about it. That this will never change.”
It’s an empathy problem.
Hypocrisy is celebrating the diversity without ever addressing the disparity. Celebrating with but never mourning with.
“We may have said it wrong, but at least we’re speaking.”
Just because I haven’t experienced it, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.
Your presence changes the system.
Guilt is not a strategy. There’s a difference between guilt and repentance. Feeling bad doesn’t change anything. Repentance means “change direction” in the Old Testament and “change your mind” in the New Testament. The only way to break the cycle is to repent.
I will fight for you until I die. We may not have the same bloodline, but we have the same spiritual lineage.
We need to meet in the middle and look up to the Cross because if we don’t get the blood in our sights we won’t get it in our hearts.
Action: Begin to have conversations towards racial reconciliation, come up with practical ways to deal with racism that we experience day-to-day, and come up with ways to deal with systemic racism.