On Sunday, January 20, the Indianapolis Church of Christ will be kicking off the year with an international service to celebrate the diversity in our fellowship of churches We serve a God (the only God) who is far more diverse than we can wrap our heads around. Consider these facts: There are roughly 6,500 – 7,000 spoken languages in the world today and a myriad of dialects, 195 nations, 84 uncontacted tribes and billions of people who’ve lived since the beginning of time. And that’s not to mention all the diversity we see in other parts of God’s creation! The apostle John tells us what we’ll one day see as we stand before God’s throne: ” After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.” – Revelation 7:9 What John saw that day revealed the power of God! The differences that we see in all parts of creation are really about God, his plan, his creativity and ultimately his glory. As we go about advancing the great commission of making disciples of all nations, we experience every Sunday a little taste of what’s coming. We want to celebrate what’s happening and what God is doing before our very eyes—praise God that we are a part of it! Our international service will be a mixture of disciples dressing in their native attire, prayers in varied languages and songs from a variety of nations. Let’s kick off the year coming together as one for the glory and honor of God!