These are some brief notes related to my October 19 sermon, part of our series on the “Seven Values” that guide us as a church. For this sermon I focused on Colossians 3:10-17.
Jesus has come to create a “new humanity,” a new way of being human in the world. This “one humanity” is being created in the image of Christ, who is the true image of God (Col 3:10-11; see also Rom 8:28-29; Eph 4:20-24; Col 1:15).
In this new humanity there is no division or disparity between people based on social or cultural criteria. Age, gender, wealth, geography, language, ethnicity—these kinds of distinctions must not divide us or create “classes” among us: “Christ is all and is in all” (Col 3:11).
This does not mean these distinctions no longer exist. To the extent that these distinctions cause harm they must be challenged (e.g. “slave and free”). But to the extent that these distinctions are reflections of goodness, beauty, and truth, they must be accepted, and even celebrated (e.g. “Greek and Jew”; see Rev 7:9; 21:24-26).
In this celebration of diversity, this new humanity is united in Christ, centred on Jesus and Jesus’ way of love. “Christ is all and is in all,” and this is reflected in our “compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,” our “forgiveness” and ultimately our “love,” all “in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Col 3:12-17).
At Morden Mennonite Church we value diversity. We cherish people of all ages, genders, social settings, and ethnicities. We celebrate different ways of thinking about and practising our common faith, and we encourage each other to follow Jesus faithfully in our own unique ways.