This Sunday, Pastor Dihan brought a very compelling message to Renew about Diversity. We all know what diversity looks like in this world right? We are surrounded by different cultures and ethnicities all throughout the city of Los Angeles, but what does God say about diversity? In Acts 17:26-27 scripture says that God’s purpose for forming the nations was that they might seek after God and to find Him. This is why God created diversity. God wants every nation, culture and background to seek after Him and proclaim, “Jesus is Lord!” When the Gospel is proclaimed out of each nation, it carries that nation’s heart cry and how Jesus has met it, healed them and transformed them. It is a beautifully diverse sound.
We know that division is not of God. God loves everyone and he proved that love by sending his son Jesus, to die for us on the cross so that we may spend eternity with Him. God doesn’t play favorites, no matter what your ethnicity, income, education or background is we all have equal access to our God.
The church has the challenge of working counter-culturally to break down all of the borders that we have put up in our society. We are called to relentlessly love beyond our comfort zone, our convenience and our fears. The cross is the only level ground where we can come and truly be a diverse family the way God intends us to be. Here at Renew, we want to be a church that looks like heaven, that represents every nation and tongue, and that comes together as family to proclaim, “Jesus is Lord!”
We invite you this Sunday, October 26 at 10am to our second Preview Service at the Actor’s Gang Theater. We are expecting amazing things and hope you can join us!
Have a blessed week!