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{June 9, 2019}






Heartland Community Church


June 9 – 15, 2019

 

LOVE(MATH) 2.0: Slaves

By Christina Marie Mitchell

Before this sermon was even fully drafted, Dan asked me to sing a song for this particular Sunday. I knew what the topic was about, and I knew what emotional burden I was being asked to bear. And I gave an enthusiastic “yes!”. Because this wasn’t an ask from Dan, it was an ask from God. It was a nudge to leap and not fear that I wouldn’t be caught. God was asking me to trust that He has done the work that needed to be done. To trust that He has put all of the pieces in place for Dan to teach in the manner that God has equipped him to. To trust that His will was already done, and my reward for being faithful was simply just to witness His work in action.

And I witnessed it. In all of its Glory. 

I will say that, while I was excited for this sermon, I was extremely anxious as well. I just wasn’t sure how much of this I could bear listening to, because I’m usually able to predict how these conversations will go. They’ve gone south for me before. They’ve gone south within these Heartland walls for me before. And I simply wasn’t sure that I was brave enough to risk the hurt again. But God is great, and He’s proven that time & time again. He knows me better than I could ever know myself. He knew that, despite the history of my people being displayed before me, there was still something that I needed to hear. That I needed to wrestle with. And as always, He’s right. 

I confessed just yesterday, the reason understanding slavery was such a struggle for me is that while I didn’t experience it directly, there were parts of me that did, indirectly. And I was terrified to wrestle with that. I needed to sit with how afraid I was of what the Bible was going to say about slavery, what this sermon was going to say about it. That it was “supposed to be this way” or that slavery was “justified because it’s in the Bible”. I needed to sit with the fact that my ancestors, my family and myself have wrestled with the aftermath of this tragedy. Of generational sin, of societal sin, of corporate sin. 

At the essence of it all, there is still a deep yearning to be seen as fully & wholly human, regardless of how strong, confident and worthy I seem to feel on most days. There is a visceral reaction when I’m forced to examine our history, because I don’t ever just ‘examine’ it, I feel it, I experience it. Deeply. And navigating those emotions takes so much time, energy, mental & spiritual capacity. And each time I wonder if God is going to bring me back to myself. But he always does.

“We are not 3/5ths human, please recognize our full and whole humanity, as people made in the image of God.” 

Black Lives Matter. Kaepernick Taking A Knee. Hands Up, Don’t Shoot

This has just always been my life. I never put it into the perspective of residual trauma or the aftermath of the sin of a people. I feel like that should make me unbearably angry, at white people, at churches, at the government. But at this time, all I’m feeling is grateful. Grateful to know that God has a bigger plan, a plan that is BEYOND me, but a plan that is FOR me. For US. Grateful to know that there is redemption to this history through the blood & body of Jesus. Grateful to finally understand why God kept telling me to stay, and that he kept putting people in my path that He knew would find me if I got lost. God knows my need to simply understand, and He meets that need, every now & then. And this is one of those times. He’s given me the vision that I need to cling to. The Kingdom is the ultimate vision. We, as a people, can and will be redeemed. 

{sunday 6.9.19}

Read Luke 4:18-19

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What am I doing to recognize and address the generational, communal, corporate sins of slavery? Why is God calling me to identify slavery as a communal sin versus a personal sin? What is God saying by asking me to “break these chains”?

 

 

{personal reflection and bible reading plan}

This week we are trying something new with the Journey study plan. The questions each day focus on your observations, reflections, and application.

For a brief teaching on each days reading, hop over to YouTube and follow Seth Davidson’s Vlog on The Journey Online. Simply follow along, listening to the corresponding date. CLICK HERE to check it out. Be sure to click "subscribe" on the page!

As you read the verses each day, make notes of questions you have about what you’re reading as well as answering the reflection questions below. Grab a friend or two to discuss what you are learning and what God is doing in your lives.

 

{monday 6.10.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 11:1-11

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{tuesday 6.11.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 11:12-15

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{wednesday 6.12.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 11:16-33

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{thursday 6.13.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 12:1-13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?  

{friday 6.14.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 12:14-13:4

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

{saturday 6.15.19}

Read 2 Corinthians 13:5-13

Observe, Reflect, Apply: What do I see happening in these verses? What did it mean to those involved? What might it mean for me today? What is God saying to me specifically? What is one thing I am willing to take action on?

 

{community discussion questions}

We weren’t meant to experience the life of Jesus alone, so we encourage you to rally a few others to discuss what you are hearing, reading, and reflecting on together. Whether you are meeting as a Journey Community group, talking with a few friends throughout the week, or bringing up spiritual conversations around your table at home, feel free to use some of these questions as conversation starters on your journey.

  • Can you name a takeaway or challenge from the Sunday message?
  • How has that been relevant, challenging, or meaningful to your life this week?
  • What have you observed about God, Jesus, yourself, others, or God’s plan for you from these readings?
  • Where do you need a breakthrough from God this week?
  • Who do you need to share what you’re learning about God with?

 

{extra journey resources}

CLICK HERE to visit The Bible Project site and explore their super simple, super informative Bible videos (and other resources).

CLICK HERE to get the Read Scripture App, from our friends at The Bible Project.

CLICK HERE for more on how to use the observe-reflect-apply approach to getting the most out of your Bible reading.

The Bible App Get a free Bible for your phone, tablet, and computer. Experience the Bible anywhere, with options to highlight, save notes, and share what you are reading with others.

Bible Gateway Provides advanced Bible searching capabilities, which allow readers to find passages in scripture based on keywords, phrases, or scripture reference.

 

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