Continuing in our series called Lenses, we’ll be dealing with a very difficult and multi-faceted issue – race. Much of the strife the Church has experienced over the last few years is because we have people claiming the lordship of Jesus, but not operating with a Christian worldview on the issue of race. Lead Pastor Casey Scott’s message, “The Race Lens” will give us a broad sweep of what Scripture has to say so we’ll clearly see issues relating to race in our world like Jesus does.
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  • Chapel Rock Christian Church
    2020 N Girls School Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46214, USA
    Sunday 9:15 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM

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Financial Peace University Registration
Join our Financial Peace University class, and we’ll learn how to beat debt and make a plan for the future together! Coordinators are available today at a kiosk to answer questions and provide info on how to get special discounted rates. This 9-week class begins Tuesday, January 18, from 6 – 8 p.m., in room WC 113. You can sign up at For any additional questions, contact Matt Teeple at 317-362-6264 or
Child Dedication Sunday
Every year Chapel Rock sets aside time for parents to dedicate their children to the Lord. The Child Dedication event will be held next Sunday, January 23. If you or someone you know would like to take part in the event, contact Sherry Schwab, Early Childhood Director at 317-247-9739.
Wired Experience - DATE CHANGE
Before you were even born, God knew you! He “wired” you just the right way. Wired is a course designed to help you find your place at Chapel Rock. You will learn about the habits of wholeness, discover your spiritual gifts and temperament, and be able to apply those gifts to ministry opportunities as a way of sharing who you are with others. Upon completing this class, you can then decide if you want to become a member of Chapel Rock. Please note, this is a 4-week class and to get the fullest benefit from it, we ask that you attend a minimum of 3 out of the 4 weeks to be considered complete. The next Wired session begins Sunday, February 3, at 11 a.m. in FH 14/16 for 4 consecutive Sundays. Register online at
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The church office will be closed tomorrow, Monday, January 17, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Chapel Rockets Walk and Talk Returns
The fellowship and exercise time, Walk and Talk, returns Wednesday, January 26, at 1 p.m. in Connection Corner. There will be a short devotion, and then you walk indoors at your own speed for as long as you like.
Food Pantry Information
The next distribution date of our drive-thru Food Pantry is this Thursday, January 20, from 3 — 6 p.m. If you know anyone who would benefit from this community outreach, please pass along these details to them.
HOSTS Mentors Needed
The HOSTS program of MSD of Wayne Township resumed Monday, January 10. The 2nd and 3rd grade HOSTS students are eager to meet and read one-on-one with their mentors. Many of the schools in Wayne Township are still in need of HOSTS mentors. Go to for information or to complete the Wayne Township volunteer form located on the same page (look for the green ‘online volunteer form’ button).
Homeless Camp Ministry
As winter approaches, the camps can use new, heavy blankets or ones in good condition, AA and AAA batteries, stocking hats, gloves, socks, hand warmers, and towels. Please place donated items in the DropZone bin located in the Foyer. Thank you!
Thank You from the Women’s Ministry
The Women’s Ministry is praising God for your generous Christmas Tea offering this year. $1,000 was sent to the Children’s Feeding Program for Christ Philippines Foundation in Mely Dooley’s name. Thank you!
We Express Our Sympathies to:
Tom Bowman and family upon the death of his brother, Bill Bowman. Bill passed away January 10. Visitation will be from 12 to 2 p.m. this Tuesday, January 18, at Stevens Mortuary. The service will be at 2:00 p.m.
We Express Our Sympathies to:
Former Chapel Rock members Norbert Winkler and family upon the passing of his wife, Kathy. Her Celebration of Life service was held yesterday.
Chapel Rock practices an 'open communion' meaning that if you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, then you are welcome to participate in the communion service. The elder/staff member giving the devotion will provide instructions.
Chapel Rock’s Vision:
To See the Whole Community
Whole in Christ

Casey Scott
Lead Pastor

Series: Lenses
Sermon: “The Race Lens”

Today’s Big Idea
Helping our community share God’s view on race is essential to ending the scourge of racism.

So how Does God see Race? Jesus has a perspective that we don’t, because he’s all-knowing. He can offer a “full-spectrum view” on race. When you think of the full spectrum of light waves, there’s all the colors of the rainbow, and then there’s light that we can’t even see! But Jesus can. So, I think he’d give us a “full-spectrum answer,” and it has five parts.
The biggest problem in this issue, the biggest barrier to solving our race issues is thinking that there’s more than one.
> Genesis 1:26–27
> Genesis 12:1–3
God’s plan of redemption through Jesus was ALWAYS about redeeming every people group on Earth. Jesus would say that if we could all just agree that there’s just one race – the human race, Adam and Eve’s race – it would solve a lot of our problems.
The second part of the spectrum is that skin color is not how God groups people.

> 1 Samuel 16:7
> Matthew 22:15–16

In Matthew 22:16, “Pay no attention to who they are” is literally, “to see into the face” – that was a first-century Greek figure of speech that meant to judge based on external appearances. Jesus doesn’t make distinctions based on externals.

“Race is a concept used to distinguish different groups of human beings. Distinctions are made according to a number of criteria, which always include physical appearance and its underlying genetic structure, but which may also include cultural, social, political and economic factors. This method of distinguishing people is quite alien to Scripture.”
~ Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible by Kevin Vanhoozer

The standard God applies to group people is not by appearance or genetics, because. . .
The third part of the spectrum is that we were designed to be diverse from the beginning to the end. In the Table of Nations in Genesis 10, NOTHING is said about appearance. God intended his ONE human race to be diverse, and when sin interfered and threw it off track, God wanted to make sure that part of His redemptive work means getting our perspective on this correct.
> Galatians 3:26–29
> Revelation 7:9–12
And when we get it out of whack. . .
The fourth part of the spectrum is that twisting God’s view of race just leads to pain and or shame. When we look at someone’s appearance as a means of evaluating them and their intrinsic worth, we violate God’s method of dealing with us on its most basic level.
> Isaiah 56:1-3
> Isaiah 56:6–8
God’s design for Israel’s worship was NEVER that it be racially exclusionary! There was always the intent to invite non-Jews (who were willing to commit to the exclusive worship of Israel’s God) to be fully participating members of the covenant community.
No distinction on an ethnic/racial level should ever be used to shame someone different than you. The Bible calls that sin.
Here’s the good news, and final part of the full-spectrum answer Jesus gives. . .
This phrase means that we are all on equal footing when it comes to our need for redemption.

> Ephesians 2:13–20

The Gospel of Jesus Christ, rightly understood and applied, will destroy racism!

“The Gospel is not something that merely sits on top of our identity. When we come to Christ, our identity is transformed completely.”
~ Fault Lines by Voddie Baucham

The Lord’s basis for grouping people is totally focused on their covenant relationship to Him and has absolutely nothing to do with the color of their skin, the place where they’re from, the language they speak, the amount of money in their pocket, or the history that they have.

As Christians, we are washed white by the red blood of a brown man who went to the blackest hell because He loves us.

Read Ahead — January 23 Sermon
Sermon Series: Lenses
Message: ‘The Family Lens
Matthew 12:46-50; Luke 14:25-27