2018 Session 3: Reconciliation to Others by D.A. Horton

We use the term racial reconciliation to talk about the unity between different people groups. D. A. Horton defined reconciliation: to once again be conciled (removal of animosity) to someone. There has never even been a conciliation between the ethnicities, so the word REconciliation is not appropriate. We use the word race but because there is only one race - the human race - ethnicity is more appropriate in this context. Ethnic conciliation will be possible when the church stops withholding compassion. D. A. used this passage from Luke 10:25-37 to give a biblical example of compassion:

And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" He said to him, "What is written in the Law? How do you read it?" And he answered, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself." And he said to him, "You have answered correctly; do this, and you will live."

But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?" Jesus replied, "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. And the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, 'Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.' Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?" He said, "The one who showed him mercy." And Jesus said to him, "You go, and do likewise."

The Gospel of Christ unites us and makes unlikely people brothers and sisters. Doctrine shouldn’t divide us, it should unite us.

2018 Session 2b: Reconciliation to Self by D.A. Horton

D. A. Horton continued to talk about the Gospel’s transforming power. Going through 1 Peter 2:9-10, he discussed the different parts of this paragraph in depth:

But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

He discussed what it means to be a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, and a people for God’s own possession. Because of this new identity that God has given us, we are able to proclaim the excellencies of God, to give him glory by being an image bearer. Satan will try to steer you away from God’s goodness. He has done this since the beginning of the world, starting with Eve, with these to lies: doubt God and doubt God’s goodness. But God’s Word is more powerful. Because of the Gospel, you were made a new creation now that you have received mercy. You were made holy to give him glory, to proclaim the excellencies of his name.