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Open Our Hearts to Reconciliation

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Open Our Hearts to Reconciliation

The church will grow when we open our hearts to reconciliation.

The people of Ephesus were not all that different from the people here on the westside of Indianapolis. One year ago this week I was in Ephesus with a group. They only discovered these amazing ruins within the last 20-30 years. This ancient city even had one of the first underground sewer systems!

Ephesus as a bustling city of a ¼ of a million people. They unearthed an amphitheater that was as large as most football stadiums in America. Because of its trade, renowned doctors and a medical college, Ephesus was a place where people from all over the world came to live. And it became a city of conflicting opposites. There were many rich and many poor. There were many shrines and statues to false gods reflecting their former lives. Ephesus was a diverse city, and the lines of division between the races and cultures was clear and pronounced.

The Apostle Paul said this is exactly why Jesus came. Jesus came to tear down the walls of division and bring all into one family. He called it the mystery of the gospel. (See Ephesians 3:1-11.)

Would the forces of darkness tremble if God said, “Don’t count on your spirit of racism and superiority to destroy America. My church will settle this.”

It’s commonly known that the church in Germany did little to stand against the tide of racism and hatred during the reign of Adolph Hitler. Their silence contributed to an unspeakable slaughter of Jews. But there’s a different wind blowing today in Germany. Over the past few years Germany has been flooded with refugees and that kind of movement always has its challenges.

But in Frankfurt, Germany in the last three years 11 new “mono-multicultural churches” have been planted. These are churches are filled with German nationals who are intentionally reaching out welcoming every tongue, tribe, nation and people. And the churches are growing.

The hostility between the races will only be broken down when the church becomes united and loves like Jesus. Ephesians 2:14-16 says, So he is our peace. In his body he has made Jewish and non-Jewish people one by breaking down the wall of hostility that kept them apart. He brought an end to the commandments and demands found in Moses’ Teachings so that he could take Jewish and non-Jewish people and create one new humanity in himself. So he made peace. He also brought them back to God in one body by his cross, on which he killed the hostility (GW).

The church will grow when we open our hearts to reconciliation.

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