In this clip, Pastor Efrem expands on the very familiar verse John 3:16. He emphasizes that new birth through Jesus Christ is vital, but that we cannot separate new birth from the advancement of God's kingdom that confronts social injustice. Those injustices must be confronted with God's love; they are problems too big to face on our own. The problem with evangelical theology has been a narrow focus on personal salvation -- without presenting the whole picture of the kingdom of God.
Efrem Smith is the senior pastor of The Sanctuary Covenant Church, with the vision to be an urban, multi-ethnic, relevant, holistic, and Christ-centered community. He has held leadership positions in organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club of America and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and is the author of numerous articles and books, including The Hip-Hop Church.