City of Light Church
A Way Forward - Week One
A four week series biblical unity, history and hope.
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  • Hart Park Bandshell
    1190 N 70th St, Wauwatosa, WI 53213, USA
    Sunday 10:00 AM
  • City of Light Church
    Sunday 10:00 AM
A History and Future Plan of Race

I. What is the heart of God?
A. The Future
1. Rev. 7:9-10
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.
B. The Early Church
1. Racialization-To separate people into groups based upon physical characteristics and assign certain benefits based upon a class structure

2. 1600s
a. Indentured servants prior to slavery
b. Indentured servants from Africa...intermarried, did life with other
people.
c. White colonial leaders (Christian leaders at the time first declared
Africans to be of a separate "Race" of people from "Whites" and
declared to be less intelligent and not fully human.
3. 1700's-1990's
a. Cotton Mather
b. Founder of Modern Evangelism George Whitefield
c. (1730's-1740s) Rise of Abolitionists
d. (1770-1830) Preacher Charles Finney called for end to slavery
but not an end to prejudice and segregation

e. (1830-1865) Over 1200 Bishops in Methodist church in south all
owned slaves.
f. One black home bombed every 20 days in Illinois (1917-1921)
g. White flight as blacks fled south. Segregation not challenged by
h. Black ghettos developed. Redlining, racially restrictive covenants
(1950's-1970's)
4. Southern Wisconsin and the Great Michigan (1950's-1970's)
John 17:20-23
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
C. Why this matters
1. Our witness is affected to the world
2. Is it too hard to do?
II. 3 Steps to Bridging the Divide
A. Admit
1. admit the bombings happened
2. admit the riots and the attacks

B. Submit
1. Submit to God and each other
Galatians 6:2
2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

C. Commit
Ephesians 2:14-16
14 For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility.
III. Next Steps
A. Come out of Isolation
1. When isolation is removed, cultural mindsets to evaluate racialization can change
2. Admit racial problems, submit to God and each other...commit to building relationships

B. Next steps
1. Share sermon and begin conversations
2. Small groups

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