FOL Statement on Race and Unity

Statement on Race and Unity

In John’s Gospel, the apostle defines “the world” as human society defiantly organizing itself without God. The kings of the earth rebel against God, rejecting his Word and his ways. Today, the consequences of societies attempting to live independently from the Living God are evident, but God continues to love people and empowers us to be light in the darkness.

Fountain of Life Covenant Church condemns racism and oppression. Where racism divides, demeans, and kills, Jesus unites, honors, and heals. World history is replete with cultural oppression and leaders brutally enforcing divided societies at the expense of others. Jesus teaches that it must not be so among us. Because Christians do not live in scarcity or fear, we have the resources to love and serve each other. The Scriptures warn against embracing the values of the world.

The FOL church family deeply mourns the loss of Black lives at the hands of racism, abuse of power, and violence. We affirm that every person is made in the image of God (Genesis 1 and 2). Therefore we stand in faith with those who are vulnerable, captive, and in need of liberation (Luke 4:16-21). We not only denounce the concepts of racial supremacy and class superiority, but we sacrificially follow Jesus into service for a more just and caring world.

The Scriptures do not discriminate according to race, ethnicity, or social class. In fact, Jesus broke down the dividing wall of hostility between Jew and Gentile when he died on the cross, creating one new humanity. The first Gentile convert was the Ethiopian eunuch, a Black man from Africa (see Acts 8). Luke, the author of Luke-Acts, writes himself a cameo in Acts 13, appearing as Lucius of Cyrene, a Black man from Northern Africa. Many of the great fathers of the church, including Athanasius and Augustine, were Africans.

For the past thirteen years, Jesus has been working in FOL to reconcile many nations into one beautiful body. We have followed the Holy Spirit into serving a generation of children in our attempt to level the education playing field. Five years ago, God helped us to establish a social enterprise, 5000 Pies, to provide vocational and economic options for our neighbors. Today, we are ready to follow Jesus wherever He goes (Revelation 14:4).

It is our prayer that we are known for our love: listening first and speaking second (Ephesians 4:29); mourning with those who suffer (Romans 12:15); and joining them in acting for justice on their behalf (Luke 11:42). Please join Fountain of Life Covenant Church as we follow Jesus, the One who will return like a thief in the night and make all things new (Revelation 21:5).

Links from Digital Discipleship 4/1

Pastor John mentioned several links and action items tonight (4/1/20) during Digital Discipleship.

  • Wednesday Witness, 4/6/20 Training: If you would like to take part in the 4/6/20 training, sign up here: bit.ly/FOLWedWitness
  • FOL Fight Club: If you would like to join the FOL Fight Club to help you find a partner to help you in the fight against unbelief, click here to sign up: bit.ly/FightUnbelief
  • Fighting Unbelief Resource: If you would like to read the Fighting Unbelief Resource, click here: bit.ly/FOL_FightUnbelief

FOL Online Service: 3/15

A message from Pastor John:
“In Revelation 4, God sits on his throne. Before him the chaotic world is as peaceful as glass. He does not pace, stand, or fret. May you live from the calm of his throne. Even if we lose, we will win. The faithful disciples of Jesus are more than conquerors!”

Friends, as a result of the closure of all Long Beach Schools, we will be having online services for the upcoming weeks instead of meeting in person on Sundays.

Join us on Facebook Live:
Sunday, March 15, 2020
10:00 am PST
Go to https://www.facebook.com/folcovlb/ and click on the “Live” button.

We’ll have worship, prayer, teaching the young disciples, and a sermon from John 8.12: “The Light of the Cosmos.”

We encourage you to continue meeting together in small groups as long as you are maintaining healthy practices, including staying home if you are not feeling well, washing your hands, and maintaining a safe distance from people.