- Dr. John Ojewole
- Antioch, California, United States
- John is the under-shepherd of Agape International Church & Ministries Inc, Antioch, California and the President of Agape International Ministries Foundation, Inc (www.agapebfm.net) John has been a Preacher, Bible Teacher, Counselor and a mission-minded servant of God from 1984 till the present time. Married to Alice since 1987, he enjoys being a father to 2 sons and 1 daughter. He is available to preach, participate in evangelistic crusades and revivals, lead or participate in a Marriage Enrichment program internationally. John preaches on a weekly radio broadcast called "KNOW THE TRUTH" (Based on John 8:32)and the broadcast is aired every Sunday at Radio KDIA 1640AM. The broadcast is also accessible through the website of the radio station: www.kdia.com. You can follow him on twitter @agapebfm
Sunday, May 22, 2011
HOW TO EMBRACE DIVERSITY
The plan of God is global. God loves everyone regardless of their ethnicity, language and geographical origin.
The Greek word for “nations” is , which is the plural of from which we got our English word: ethnic.
Jesus commanded his disciples as follows in scriptures:
(Luke 24:47 NIV) and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at
The gospel of Jesus Christ is meant for all. Apostle Paul writes: (Rom 10:13 NIV) for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."
The early believers in
have its fair share of the pains that growth brings. Jerusalem
Acts 6, we noticed a cultural crisis that was caused by what one could call neglect. To use the modern day term, one may say that some people perceived that they were marginalized. The Bible says,
(Acts 6:1 NIV) In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Grecian Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food.
The distinction between Hellenistic and Hebraic Jews probably refers to the languages that they speak or their geographical place of origin. The Hellenistic Jews must have been Greek speaking Jews who were in Diaspora. While the Hebraic Jews may have been those who lived in and around
. So it was the Greek speaking Jews who complained that their widows were being overlooked in the daily charitable distribution of food. Jerusalem
The apostles of Christ addressed the issue. Seven Greeks were chosen to oversea this neglected area of ministry.
The Bible says: (Acts 6:5 NIV) This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from
, a convert to Judaism. Antioch
Acts 15, this issue at stake was whether gentile converts must abide by Jewish laws. Peter addressed the council as follows:
(Acts 15:9 NIV) He made no distinction between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith.
Basically, Peter let them know that the pattern of Gentile conversion was the same as for Jewish believers. God was making no ethnic distinctions in building His church. Everyone is the same before the Lord.
The early church concluded that salvation is by grace through faith and the gentiles are not compelled to be circumcised in order to be a part of family of God.
Please let us embrace diversity.