Race, Faith and The Church
August Series at North Stamford Community Church
Beginning August 9 through August 30, 2020
Introduction to the 4-week book study of A Credible Witness , by Brenda Salter McNeil.
Aug. 9, 16, 23, 30 by Zoom.
A Credible Witness is a book written by prominent Christian racial reconciliation leader Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil. The book is written from a biblical perspective, and draws principles of biblical reconciliation from scripture passage that records Jesus’s engagement with the woman at the well in Samaria, as found in John 4:1-45.
This story connects well to the declaration in Acts 1:8, where Jesus declares that his disciples would be empowered by the Holy Spirit to bear witness across multiple social and geographic boundaries.
Principles of biblical reconciliation are abundant in the passage:
Holy Spirit led appointment and witness
Intentionally crossing boundaries of many kinds.
Affirming the image of God in the person from the marginalized group
Enlisting the capacity of the other
Being the vessel of God’s revelation
Blessed are the poor in spirit
The Kingdom of God advances through multiplication of witness
Led by the Holy Spirit, Jesus crosses boundaries of place, religion, ethnicity and gender to connect with the Samaritan woman. This is in contrast to the pattern of many from Israel who avoided the territory of Samaria and its people. When Jesus engages the woman, he affirms her dignity, and enlists her own capacity by asking for a drink. After expressing his full awareness of her broken spiritual condition, Jesus reveals himself to her as the Messiah. (It is significant that this Samaritan woman is the first person in John’s recording to receive this more full, open revelation of Jesus identity as the Messiah). As a result of this encounter, the woman goes and tells the others of Jesus- there is multiplication in the advance of the Kingdom of God.
Advance readings (John 4:1-45 as primer):
Aug. 9: Read Chapters 1-3
Aug.16: Read Chapters 4-6
Aug 23: Read Chapters 7-9
Aug. 30:Read Chapters 10-11
The goal of the book study is to equip Christ-followers with the biblical perspective of the reconciliation aspect of the Gospel, in order to bear witness as the salt of the earth that both preserves and enhances the common realm, as the Kingdom of God advances.