29th May 2020

Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.”
Acts 2:1 (NKJV)

The Church is the representative body of Christ on Earth and “We are living in literally extraordinary times – times that will permanently shape us, our families and our nations.”* As saints, we are called, empowered and sent by God into a world in need. God’s Church includes a rich diversity of ethnicity, gender, language and talents that spans history and the globe. This noble and inclusive body is united by the love of God, the sacrifice of Jesus and the ongoing work of and revelation through the Spirit. The Day of Pentecost is a day to remember and celebrate God’s generous gift to and through the Church to the whole world.

The words of Jesus fill our hearts and minds as we look to model his work of equity: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour” (Luke 4:18-19 ESV).

The Church through the unifying Spirit of God continues the work of Christ for equity to resist the intersectional evils of classism, racism and sexism. We are issued with gifts to aid us in our mission “empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills” (1 Corinthian 12:11 ESV). Like the early Church and throughout the ages, we are brought together, motivated and inspired by the Spirit to speak against evil while actively and positively demonstrating the love of God.

As we gather to celebrate Pentecost together in the Spirit, but in our remote and diverse contexts, may the Holy Spirit continue to reveal the glory of God. As an elegant tapestry of people from every nation, with many languages and from every socio-economic background, we showcase the fact that we are all included in God’s love. As light and salt in the world may we illuminate the equity of God and invite others to taste his goodness.

“When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place” (Acts 2:1 ESV). That one place which transcends our current circumstances is that we are in Christ. Therefore, we are infused with the fruit of joy, confident and can celebrate. Truly we are safe and secure in him surrounded by goodness and mercy.

Prayer
Loving Father, thank you for the celebration of Pentecost that reminds us of your generosity and extravagant love. Help us to continually share our gifts with words and deeds that glorify you. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by David Gibbs

*Rachel Jones, 5 Things to Pray in a Global Crisis, page 7
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About the Author:
David Gibbs in an Elder and Pastoral Worker for Grace Communion International in Northern England, the Midlands and Wales.

Local Congregation:
Gracecom Birmingham
All Saints Church
George Road
BIRMINGHAM
B23 7QB

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1:00pm

Local Congregational Contact:
David Gibbs
Phone: 07777-667635
Email: birmingham@gracecom.church

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