EXILE

How do we live in a world that is increasingly hostile to the Christian faith and Biblical truth about many issues that range from marriage and sexuality, to the value of each human life, to the very nature of truth itself?  It is tempting and would be easy to retreat into our church family and community of like-minded friends, but does the Lord have a better way?

In 1 Peter, Christ-followers are described as elect exiles of the Dispersion and sojourners.  These seem important as Peter is also addressing how we are to live in the here and now.  Peter calls us to be different from the world around us when he says, "...be holy as He is holy." (1 Peter 1:5)  But then, he describes us as "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light." (1 Peter 2:9)  Clearly he has something specific in mind that is answered in this idea that we are exiles.

In this sermon series, we will explore how we are to fulfill God's purposes in this world by loving and reaching people far from God without being ruined or compromised ourselves.

Daniel is a godly, strong, faithful example for us.  In the sixth century B.C., he was lifted from the comforts of life, faith and family in an elite and religious family in Jerusalem when he was taken captive to the court of a pagan Babylonian king.  Far from the support, comforts and norms of Jewish life, we see him shine brightly as he is uncompromising in the threat of death yet remains fully engaged in public life and service to that same Babylonian kingdom.

This series will help us see and serve the Lord Jesus where we live, work and play, and provide us insight and a mental model for living lives of courageous faithfulness despite the opposition we face from the people among whom we live.