Apr 03, 2022 |Let's Be That

United in and Honoring Diversity

04.03.22 | Let's Be That

United in and Honoring Diversity

Young Yi

Galatians 3:24-29

The Gospel does not eliminate the unique cultures and experiences that make the church diverse, but unifies a diverse group of people by glorifying God through their differences. How do we live as a testimony to this within our church and our daily lives? Pastor Young Yi challenges us to live with a broader cultural perspective, recognizing that the Gospel of Jesus is the bridge that unites us and diversity is something to be celebrated. The Church is called to be a beautiful display of unity, glorifying and worshiping God for the love, grace, and mercy that brings us together.

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Created in the image of God, we recognize the dignity of all people. We are a diverse community, united around the Gospel of Jesus. We do not desire conformity or uniformity, but the full expression of our individual and cultural life experiences woven together by our common salvation. We choose to live with a broader cultural perspective than our own.


Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, the whole earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.” So God created man in his own image; he created him in the image of God; he created them male and female.

Genesis 1:26-27

In order for us to have a chance at being united in and honoring diversity, we must acknowledge and see the dignity of all people made in the image of God.


Genesis 1:26-27

“I pray not only for these, but also for those who believe in me through their word. May they all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us, so that the world may believe you sent me. I have given them the glory you have given me, so that they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me, so that they may be made completely one, that the world may know you have sent me and have loved them as you have loved me. “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, so that they will see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the world’s foundation. Righteous Father, the world has not known you. However, I have known you, and they have known that you sent me. I made your name known to them and will continue to make it known, so that the love you have loved me with may be in them and I may be in them.”

John 17:20-26

But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face because he stood condemned. For he regularly ate with the Gentiles before certain men came from James. However, when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, because he feared those from the circumcision party. Then the rest of the Jews joined his hypocrisy, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. But when I saw that they were deviating from the truth of the gospel, I told Cephas in front of everyone, “If you, who are a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel Gentiles to live like Jews?”

Galatians 2:11-14

We must be cognizant of our biases towards one group of people over another. If not, it can become an obstacle for the Gospel to be lived out.


The law, then, was our guardian until Christ, so that we could be justified by faith. But since that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, for through faith you are all sons of God in Christ Jesus. For those of you who were baptized into Christ have been clothed with Christ. There is no Jew or Greek, slave or free, male and female; since you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to the promise.

Galatians 3:24-29

The Gospel does not eliminate the very things that make the church diverse, but rather unifies a diverse group of people by taking captive their differences.