1Charleston is a multi-ethnic, interdenominational, and Christ centered platform that empowers churches to embrace the multi-ethnic Gospel in deep and practical ways.
What Is The “Multi-Ethnic” Gospel?
“That they may be one, even as you and I are one . . .” John 17
There is only one Gospel, and that is the good news that all sinners can find salvation through the atoning work of Jesus Christ through repentance and faith (Acts 4). When we say multi-ethnic Gospel we don’t mean a different Gospel, we simply intend to highlight a ethnically relevant implication of the one true Gospel. Jesus’s atoning work has made one people out of many. His death on the cross not only brought vertical reconciliation between man and God (Eph. 2:1-10), but also horizontal reconciliation between man and man (Eph. 2:11-16). At the cross, Jesus tore down the wall of hostility between Jews and Gentiles to make “one new man” out of the two. Thus symbolizing the new body that we as believers are adopted into (Ephesians 1). This doesn’t produce “color blindness” but rather a celebration of diversity (Revelations 5 & 7) as we are all different parts of one body and therefore we need one another in order to display the fullest expression of Jesus’ prayer: “That they may be one, even as you and I are one . . .” (John 17)
Multi-ethnic churches and relationships are not solely a social issue, but rather it is a demonstration of the power of the Gospel to unite those who are far from God and far from each other.
1. The Gospel is powerful enough to heal racial wounds and create Biblical unity.
2. A church should reflect its community, embracing multi-ethnicity.
3. Churches should pursue having a multi-ethnic congregation in authentic and practical ways
4. Cultural, racial, and ethnic diversity is mandated by the Gospel.
5. The scars of racism, division, and apathy have a very real impact today.
6. Racial healing must begin in the Church and with God’s people.