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Moving from Enmity to Friendship Among Believers

At Legacy unity is a big deal!  As a parachurch organization we are focused on a movement to promote unity among believers through connections. We believe The Church is the vehicle that God uses to accomplish His will in the earth. We know that there are many issues that threaten the unity of the body or Christ by means of denominational conflict, racial segregation, and plain old spiritual abuse. Legacy promotes health and unity by creating pathways for the church to love God and Her neighbor through reconciliation. 

God....reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation. -2 Corinthians 5:18

What is reconciliation? Reconciliation- Greek word Katallasso

"to change from enmity to friendship, to reconcile." With regard to the relationship between God and man, the use of this and connected words shows that primarily "reconciliation" is what God accomplishes, exercising His grace towards sinful man on the ground of the death of Christ in propitiatory sacrifice under the judgment due to sin....By reason of this men in their sinful condition and alienation from God are invited to be "reconciled" to Him; that is to say, to change their attitude, and accept the provision God had made, whereby their sins can be remitted and they themselves be justified in His sight in Christ. -Vines Expository Dictionary 

I don't have copy right to this image these are community murals and mosaics, serving as voices for those who wish to be heard in Chicago.  How can we model reconciliation in a divided society?

"Just as Christians fight against lust, pride, greed, and other sins, so also we must intentionally fight against racism and fight for racial reconciliation. To clarify, my proposal is not a spiritualized version of Affirmative Action. Instead, I am proposing a gospel-centered, God-centered, Christ-exalting, and Spirit-filled fight for racial reconciliation that is motivated by love and service to one another in Christ. By God’s grace, may he allow Christians and gospel-centered Christian churches from the confederate south to the remotest tribe in Africa to believe, love, live, preach, and pursue gospel-centered racial reconciliation in both church and society. " _Jarvis J. Williams, PhD

At Legacy, we come along side local churches offering specialized services and training. These services promotes opportunity for healing the divides caused by sin and our society. We address reconciliation issues head on through through awareness, education, and doing good works.  Legacy is a hub for connection and trains churches to, "live the Dream."  Legacy intends to motivate, challenge, and give creative, out of the box ideas to promote reconciliation and unity.  

"Reconciliation is a politically correct concept, but moving beyond concept to reality requires paying a high price. Churches that have successfully implemented a multiethnic vision have labored under difficult circumstances to pay a price to buy the dream, a dream that has not always been good or popular." -The Dream is Alive 

A couple ways we build bridges are: encouraging local churches to work together to care for the community in which they are positioned. This is a great opportunity to lay denominational differences aside and collaborate with other local churches and organizations.  Lastly, we equip the church to engage their communities in safe and healthy ways through trainings and workshops such as: community development, cross -cultural and racial reconciliation, etc. Trainings like these help local churches and individual believers understand their community and  find the best way to connect with the people in their sphere of influence.  As a result the church will be equipped to serve people with a lasting impact, share the gospel as ministers of reconciliation, and disciple in mutual beneficial relationships. In addition, Legacy creates connection points for individual relationships to begin and grow.  Our current focus in promoting unity in the body of Christ by loving our neighbor: We need people who will be agents of change and pay the price for gospel centered racial reconciliation! This was just the start of our conversation, there is plenty more that needs to be said about unity in the body and more specifically among racial reconciliation among Christians. It would be nice to hear from pastors who believe unity is a big deal as well! What are the challenges you face in going after unity and growing a multi-cultural or multi-ethnic church? If you enjoyed this post, I’d be very grateful if you’d help it spread by emailing it to a friend, or sharing it on Facebook. Thank you! You also might like these articles: The Front Porch-The Need for Gospel-Centered Racial Reconciliation PURGING RACISM FROM CHRISTIANITY pdf Don't forget to like us on Facebook

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