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Sunday, January 12, 2020

The Church in Exile

The Church in Exile: Living Faithfully as Exiles in a Foreign Land #3
Duration:38 mins 24 secs
The Church in Exile: Living Faithfully as Exiles in a Foreign Land

The church is to be in the world like a sailboat in the ocean... but when the ocean begins to get into the ship, the boat is in big trouble.

John 17:15
  • One preacher said, "Doing the King's work requires us to live within the world in some ways and to rebel against it in others. God calls us to both."
The Church is NOT a Building...
  • Our heart is where God makes his dwelling, not in temples made with hands.
How Do we share our faith in a culture that often despises our values and committiment?

Option #1 – Isolation
  • The reality is... anger and rebuked change nothing.
  • 1 Peter 2:23
Option #2 – Assimilation
  • Spiritual assimilation is the path of least resistance; it is the most natural and cowardly way to live.
Option #3 – Infiltration without Contamination
  • Jeremiah 29:7, 20
  • Even though outnumbered and often humiliated, the church is still sent into the world to represent Christ.
What are we to do? Jeremiah 29:4-7
  1. Settle Down
  2. Build Strong Families
  3. Get involved in city life.
  4. Pray
  5. Remember God's promises
    • Jeremiah 20:10-13; Hebrews 11:39-40
Truths we need to know...
  • The God who sent the Jews into exile is the God who sends us into the world.
  • Don't confuse discipline with defeat.
  • Confidence in God's sovereignty fuels our worship
  • Psalm 34:1-3
There is no quick fix.


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