The Multi-Ethnic Church
A Sermon on Ephesians 2:11-22 (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School – April 9, 2013)
Brian Loritts makes a passionate appeal to Bible believing Christians to note not only the vertical dimension of the gospel, reconciliation between God and sinners, but also the horizontal dimension, reconciliation of all peoples in Christ. He notes both Paul’s practice and his teaching in the book of Ephesians, that he was thoroughly committed to seeing both Jews and Gentiles incorporated into the new—nothing of its kind had existed—phenomenon of the church. He laments the fact that the modern church in America is merely typical. The American church does not embody the radical unity that made the early church such a stunning validation of gospel power. He says, “multi-ethnic is a symptom of the gospel being lived out.” Evangelical pastors and leaders have the opportunity to affect change, to bring the kingdom—the heavenly vision of Revelation 7:9—to earth.
Bryan is the Lead Pastor of Fellowship Memphis, a multicultural church ministering to the evolving community of urban Memphis. Bryan has also served as an adjunct professor at Crichton College, and is on the board of trustees for Biola University, Presbyterian Day School, and Memphis Leadership Foundation. In addition to serving the community of Memphis, Bryan’s ministry takes him across the country as he speaks to thousands annually at churches, conferences and retreats. He is also the author of the books God on Paper andA Cross Shaped Gospel as well as a contributing author for the book entitled Great Preaching. Bryan was recently voted as one of the top thirty emerging Christian leaders in the country by Outreach magazine.