Black Lives Matter - Wellington First Assembly

Wellington First Assembly

326 W Botkin Lane, Wellington Kansas ........Family Faith Lessons - 9:30 AM........ Sunday Worship - 10:30 AM


Thursday, December 11, 2014

Black Lives Matter

Recent events in the world remind us that people need the saving power of Jesus Christ. Their is no question that the redemption purchased on Calvary is available for Jew and Gentile, men and women, slave or free, black or white. God created all humankind in his own image. Yet we messed it up. This is why we celebrate Christmas. This is why HE CAME!

 Dr. George O. Woods, the Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, has asked that this Sunday we join with our brothers and sisters of COGIC (Church of God in Christ) by wearing black. For those who are students of AG / pentecostal history, you may be aware that many of our Assemblies of God founders were from within the historically African American COGIC fellowship.

 While many people can have differing opinions about the results of recent cases and the ensuing legitimate civil disobedience, that does not change God's perspective nor the responsibility of the local church. As we receive new members into our body this Sunday, we are reminded that God uses every member for his purpose. When one member mourns, we all mourn.

 This act of solidarity with our fellow Christians is not to put blame on any particular person or party, but to recognize the need of God in our midst. As I preached last Sunday -- we are all sinners; we all require a pardon.

 The third Sunday of advent is normally reserved for joy -- loud vibrant colors. This time we wear black -- a symbol of repentance and mourning.

 Dr. Wood has asked all AG churches across the country to pray for the following:

  1. God's blessing on the ministries of COGIC, the AG National Black Fellowship, and multi-cultural AG churches.
  2. God's unity of all believers, so that we would become a Repairer of Broken Walls (Isaiah 58:12).
  3. God's protection for law enforcement and the judicial system, so that Christians could be servants of justice, reconciliation and peace. 

As I posted on my personal Facebook several days ago, I am grateful for the Godly black men who have helped shape my own spiritual journey and that of my family. If you have ever sat under my ministry, you too are being impacted by their influence:

  •  Joe Davis, the 6th grade boys Sunday School teacher who mentored a bunch of up kids through basketball, 2nd Chapter of Acts 8-track tapes, and ice cream. Somehow we learned a lot about God's word.
  • Pastor Campbell, our children's pastor who believed that even us young high school students could be used by God in bus ministry.
  • Dr. William Epps, the lead pastor of 2nd Baptist Church of Los Angeles who taught me preaching.
  •  Pastor Ed Smith, who believed enough in Christian Education to found All Nations Academy of Excellence where our daughter attended preschool and kindergarten in a multi-cultural setting.

If you feel comfortable and are able to do so, feel free to wear black this Sunday.

In the reconciling name of Christ,

Pastor Marvin