Today Vincent Carpenter continued our Culture of Heaven series with a message on engaging and empowering those around us. Many times, it can feel like the issue of racism is so big that we can’t really do anything. As the people of God, we have the opportunity to embrace diversity and engage and empower people, regardless of their race. Check out some practicals and takeaways from today’s message:

  • We all have to come to the realization that we are made in the image of God.
  • When we’re secure in our identity, we can live sacrificially and the Kingdom of God moves forward.
  • When the mission is clear, the culture of Heaven easily becomes a reality.
  • Racism does not always express itself through individual relationships. Often, racism expresses itself through our systems and cultural structures.
  • We need to challenge the systemic issue that keeps us apart so the mission can be accomplished.
  • God wants to give us a revelation that peoples’ differences should not diminish their value
  • The revelation we need from God is that the right way is not always the White, Black or Hispanic way.
  • We get to play a part in seeing the Kingdom of God advance, and that gives us our worth.
  • You engage with someone when you go beyond what is expected of you
  • If everyone in your world is just like you, you are actually the person in need. We need diversity.
  • If one person dominates, there cannot be authentic relationship.
  • We have opportunities to engage and empower those around us.
IN RESPONSE:

Today, Vincent gave us two practical ways that we can respond to the issue of racism.

  • 1. Engage Diversity // Think of a couple of people that you can deeper engage with in your sphere of influence.
  • 2. Empower Diverse People // As people of God, we have authority to speak in to peoples’ lives and call them up to something greater.