Over the next five Sundays, we will focus on one basic question: How do we, as children of God, live as citizens of the transcultural outpost in a way that is winsome to a confused world swirling in gender, socio-economic, generational, ethnic, and political strife?
BUT WAIT, WHAT EXACTLY IS THE “TRANSCULTURAL OUTPOST?”
The Scriptures portray God’s people, the church, as a ‘city on a hill,’ a kingdom embassy or an outpost (yeah, we like outpost so we went with that) that reflects the resplendence of a God who saves sinners of all stripes: Jews and Gentiles, women and men, poor and wealthy, young and old, Democrats and Republicans. And in the Gospel narrative, we see how God has set apart a people to form a new order, a new society of heavenly citizens whose holy obligation is to be that transcendent culture...or in other words, a transcultural culture that lives together and loves each other because of Jesus’ ministry of reconciliation. Hence, "The Transcultural Outpost."
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at a lecture on race at Western Michigan University back in 1963, once said this about the American church:
“We must face the fact that in America the church is still the most segregated major institution in America. At 11:00 on Sunday morning when we stand and sing and Christ has no east or west, we stand at the most segregated hour in this nation. This is tragic.”
Sadly, these words ring true even for the church today as the human race has long divided itself in a myriad of ways since Genesis 3.
In this five week sermon series, we will delve into issues that have notoriously formed and deepened the lines of separation within culture and within the walls of the church, namely gender, class, age, race, and politics.
As we view and engage these issues through the lens of Scripture, we will discover how a reconciled people pursues a ministry of gospel reconciliation in the midst of a culture that despises this message of hope and grace. It is the power of the Gospel that obliterates these dividing walls of hostility so prevalent in a world fractured by prejudice, arrogance, and injustice.
Join us in this sermon series as we shed light and truth on these issues and learn together of what it means to be the Transcultural Outpost.