**Here is a link to the PCA's overture of repentance at General Assembly http://www.pcaac.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Overture-43-Final.Final_.pdf
1. Read Gal. 1:11-17. Paul talks about being “extremely zealous for the tradition of my fathers.” N.T. Wright points out that this meant his goal was to create a racially pure club of all Jews. Discuss the significance of God then calling him to the Gentiles.
2. Read Gal. 1:18-24. When grace transformed Paul’s heart, everyone praised God. Would people do this same thing based on the transformation they see in your life? Why or why not?
3. Discuss this quote from Desmond Tutu in light of the recent events in our nation and describe one way that God is calling you to get involved. If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not appreciate your neutrality.
4. Read Gal. 3:26-28. Do you feel like the church in general is living this out or are we more reflective of the reality that Francis Collins describes in this quote: Sadly, prejudice still abounds in our society. Though genetics is teaching us that there is no scientific basis for drawing sharp boundaries around ethnic or racial groups, we still focus on physical differences of skin color, facial features, and hair texture, as if they meant something biologically profound. They do not. At the DNA level, we are all 99.9% the same. All of us.
5. Our denomination recently corporately repented over our racism by stating, “this General Assembly does recognize, confess, condemn, and repent of past failures to love brothers and sisters from minority cultures in accordance with what the Gospel requires, as well as failures to lovingly confront our brothers and sisters concerning racial sins and personal bigotry, and failing to learn to “do good, seek justice, and correct oppression (Isaiah 1:17). If you are from the majority culture, what is one way that you, personally, have failed to love our brothers and sisters from minority cultures OR failed to lovingly confront racial sins and personal bigotry? If you are a minority, describe how our denomination’s repentance strikes you?
6. Describe how Jesus is the answer to the racial tension that we are currently facing.