How a Los Angeles church cultivated a multiethnic ministry right from the start.
By Patty Townley-Covert, Facts & Trends, LifeWay, 10/14/14
Developing our identity
Edgerly believes such intercultural relationships incorporate critical components for their church because:
1. “We have a multiethnic directive by Jesus.” In Matthew 28:19, He said: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.” He also said to preach the gospel in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the uttermost parts of the Earth.
2. “We have a multiethnic DNA that produces unity.” At the Tower of Babel, God separated a sinful people by making them speak different languages. But in Acts 2, He brought His people back together in Christ by giving believers the ability to speak the languages of nations. As a result 3,000 people joined the church that first day.
3. “We have a multiethnic destiny.” In Revelation 7, when John saw a panoramic view of what the Church looked like in heaven, he saw every nation, every tribe worshipping the Lord together. John recognized these various people groups because “we are still distinct in heaven.”