Racial Reconciliation

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Racial Reconciliation Series by John Fichtner – Series Overview

This series has 6 teachings.

The first sermon gives a dramatic example of God overcoming powerful, racial tension in the life of Johnny Lee Clarey and lays out practical applications of overcoming racial tension in our own lives through deep friendships with people of other races.

In the second sermon, Pastor John uses some very painful and personal stories of oppression in his middle school years to help us understand what the Word of God says about oppression and how to respond to oppression by the Word of God.

In the third sermon, Pastor John wraps up the introduction to this series. Through many passages in scripture, he dispels some misconceptions about race. He also discusses the power that the cross of Jesus Christ has over racism.

In the fourth sermon, God said that it would go from 30-40% of the church who are nervously willing to 70-80% who are calmly ready. He titles this sermon “Honor in Friendship”.

In the fifth sermon, PJ talks about how deep friendships with people of other races and understanding the pain that racism has caused them will transform your view on racism.

In the sixth and final sermon, PJ encourages humble, white Christians to keep growing and learning about the issues of racism. He also gives a way to recognize hidden racism in your heart.

A Story of Reconciliation - UD


Pastor John Fichtner

Racial Reconciliation 1 by John Fichtner

  1. The dramatic story of Johnny Lee Clarey (Grand Dragon of the Klu Klux Klan) and how God brought him from hating all black people to a place of compassion in racial issues.

  2. Only Jesus can change a heart (Ez. 11:19, Rom. 12:2, Ps. 72:4)

  3. Racism is a sin against a holy God

  4. The goal of this whole series is Christian friendship (Col. 3:11, Acts 13:1)

  5. Multicultural needs to go all the way through to leadership in church

  6. If you don’t ever cross the line into deep, true friendships with people of other races, you’ll make one of two mistakes: 1 - be obsessed with the issue of race, or 2 - deny the issue of race

  7. Race is one of the top 5 factors in your deep friendships

  8. It is the responsibility of the majority race to initiate relationship (Ex. 22:21, Ex. 23:9, Lev. 19:33,34)

  9. Whenever you have greater power, that’s a responsibility to serve

  10. It’s not easy for people of a majority race to understand what its like to be of a minority race

  11. He is speaking to humble, Christian whites (Pr. 3:34, 1 Pet. 5:5, Jam. 4:6)

  12. The Word of God has great life and we can enjoy this subject

  13. The tools are humility and honor (Rom. 13:7)

  14. Understanding how honor fits into friendship is the key, after humility, to having multi-cultural friendships

  15. When your friend carries a burden you’ve never carried and carried it well, you give your friend honor

  16. All Christians need to understand oppression

  17. Satan, who is the author of all oppression, there are two groups he hates more than anyone else – Jews and Christians

  18. We, as Christians, will face oppression (Rev. 12:17)

  19. When we learn what the Word of God says about oppression, we have things to apply to our walks with God

  20. Black/White is a starting point (Mk. 11:22-24)

My Personal Story - UD


Pastor John Fichtner

Racial Reconciliation 2 by John Fichtner


  1. PJ’s story of his life during his fifth – ninth grades where he suffered severe oppression in his daily life

  2. Every black person understands the truth of oppression

  3. Mt. 12:30, Lk. 11:23- Jesus said, “He who is not with me is against me.”

  4. A white person in white America cannot understand these verses

  5. Produces a constant covert alertness

  6. It is impossible to be passively neutral in oppression

  7. The biggest factor for many blacks in America is weariness

  8. Ps. 9:9- a place of refuge (Safety and openness, different value system, a place of reorientation)

  9. Any person in oppression can thrive if they have a place of refuge

  10. Every black person over fifty years old in this country have suffered much worse than PJ did and most black people younger also suffer much worse

  11. As a humble, white Christian, to learn the truth, the first step is pain

35 Bible Passages on Race - UD


Pastor John Fichtner

Racial Reconciliation 3 by John Fichtner

  1. PJ explains how planning and attempting to bring his revenge on his tormentors did not leave a good taste in his mouth

  2. Mt. 7:1,2- As much as the mercy of God is true, so is the judgment of God

  3. It’s not compassion or political actions that change people, it’s the Word

  4. Gen. 1: 26, 27, (man made in His own image) Gen. 2:10-14- (location of the garden of Eden)

  5. Adam was a black man (blackest man that ever walked the Earth)

  6. Dominant and Recessive genes

  7. Gen. 10:1- Noah’s three sons and their three lines of descendants.

  8. Gen. 10:6-where the black races came from.

  9. Gen. 10:8- Nimrod, (black race that was the first world-wide rulers)

  10. Gen. 41: 50-52- Joseph married a daughter of Ham (black woman)

  11. Moses married an Ethiopian woman and Miriam suffered with leprosy because she attacked their marriage

  12. Jer. 38

  13. Zeph. 1:1- his father was a black man

  14. Matt. 1 (geneology of Jesus) - 4 women mentioned- all were black

  15. Song of Solomon 1:6- the woman Solomon loves was black

  16. In our country, the sociological definition of a black person is anyone with any black heritage but that is not so in other countries

  17. By our definition- King David was a black man, Solomon was a black man and Jesus was a black man

  18. Rev. 1: 14, 15 (the only physical description of Jesus)- hair was white as snow and was like wool and the color of his skin was burnt bronze (very dark brown)

  19. Matt. 5: 23, 24- if your brother has something against you

  20. Mk. 15:21- during the trials and crucifixion, only one man offered Jesus comfort, a black man

  21. Lk. 10, 25-37- one of the greatest frontal assaults on racism across history (Dual bigotry- racial and religious)

  22. Jn. 4- location of Samaria, Jesus went through the land of the Samaritans (even though Jews hates them)

  23. Acts. 6: 1-7- story of the first strife in the church (racial tension)- solution: more multicultural leadership

  24. Acts 8- Ethiopian seeking God and Phillip

  25. Act. 10 & 11- repeat of a sovereign move of God to break racial segregation

  26. Acts 15

  27. 7 verses that command the church to prove that the power of the gospel is far greater than racism (Eph. 2:11-22, I Cor. 12: 13, Rom. 1: 16, Rom. 10: 9-13, Gal. 2: 11-21 (Peter and the Gentiles), Gal. 5: 26-29, Col. 3:11)

  28. I Jn. 4: `9-21 (If you say you love God and you hate your brother, you’re a liar)

'Mutual Respect' in Friendship - UD


Pastor John Fichtner

Racial Reconciliation 4 by John Fichtner

  1. Title of this sermon: Honor in friendship

  2. 2 Greek words that are the root concept of honor “dokeo”- to think and “tino”- to pay a price

  3. 3 synonyms for “dokeo”: dignity, appreciation, esteem

  4. 3 synonyms for “tino”: value, respect, love

  5. Honor is never an excuse for sin (1 Tim. 5: 3-17, Rom. 2: 7-11)

  6. You cannot build deep, personal friendships with anyone who hasn’t paid the price to have honor, regardless of race

  7. Racism is to judge the internal heart of a whole group of people by their external skin color

  8. The opposite of racism is to know that every race has millions of people who are wonderful and millions of people who are jerks

  9. 2 recommended books: No Apology Necessary Just Respect by Rev. Earl Carter & Breaking Down Walls by Raleigh Washington

  10. 2 biggest sins for most whites about racism are passivity and ignorance

  11. 1 Cor. 12: 12-26- unity or friendship (in the church are the same thing), but the primary application is about racism

  12. The day you try to pay for someone else’s sins, you have tried to become the Christ

  13. Paul said there is no option for racism in the church

'Mutual Goals' in Friendship - UD


Pastor John Fichtner

Racial Reconciliation 5 by John Fichtner

  1. The Bible Goal of racial reconciliation is deep friendships and requires deep, mutual respect and mutual goals

  2. Friendship isn’t something that just happens

  3. Just mutual respect is not enough for deep friendship

  4. One of the two common pillars of friendship is common goals (Jam. 4: 4, Rom. 15:5, Amos 3:3, Jn. 15:4, Phil. 2:2)

  5. 7 common goals: work, church, neighborhood, hobbies & sports, my children’s activities, courses and church leadership

  6. It generally takes two common purposes to build a close friendship

  7. Most important point of the whole series: There are two groups: Group one is humble, white Christians who are opposed to racism because it’s a moral evil. Group two is humble, white Christians who have personally experienced racism hurting their friend.

  8. At Liberty Church, no more than fifty percent of the leadership will be white

5 Concluding Points - UD


Pastor John Fichtner

Racial Reconciliation 6 by John Fichtner

  1. Pr. 20:5, Jam. 1:19, Pr. 18: 15- Ask Questions (humility doesn’t mind making mistakes, questions are constant/apologies are rare)

  2. Apologies are something you do to heal a specific hurt but they are not the main way we show that we care

  3. Questions are the main way we show that we care

  4. Read Dominion

  5. Pr. 23:12, (put as much excellence and exertion into grasping the truths of God that you would to get a college degree) Pr. 32: 3,4, Pr. 1: 5 (keep learning), Pr. 9:9

  6. D I S C (personality giftings) Pr. 18:2. How racism affects different personalities differently

  7. Quiz 1: What would you say is the hardest part about being black in America? Answer: my children (there’s nothing you can do, as a black person, to stop your child from experiencing deep pain from racism)

  8. As a godly, black parent, it is so important to have a godly home and a godly, multi-cultural church. Lk. 17:1,2, Mt. 18:4

  9. Quiz 2: What is the bottom line of whether you have racism in your heart or not? Answer: Inter-racial marriage. Mt. 7:24-27, 1 Sam. 16:7

  10. Sociological factors - Jam. 3:17 (yield to reason)

  11. When you have a mixed-race marriage, those who have an attitude towards that relationship make the couple grow closer to each other and want a healthy church that much more

  12. If you find racism in your heart, pluck it out

  13. Humility-1 Pet. 5:5, Matt. 23: 11, 12, Isa. 66: 2.