aliens & exiles

Aliens & Exiles (3 of 9)

Sermon Series: Aliens & Exiles
Sermon Title: By the Rivers of Babylon (3 of 9)
Scripture Reading: Psalm 137:1-6; Jeremiah 7:1-11; Lamentations 3:22-26

The kingdom of Israel was defeated by Assyria and taken off into exile because of their idolatry and injustice. At that time, Isaiah prophesied the Babylonian empire would rise and someday finish off the kingdom of Judah, taking them into exile because of their unfaithfulness to God. It was the prophet Jeremiah that witnessed the destruction of Jerusalem and lamented the loss of what was.

In By the Rivers of Babylon, Pastor David addresses the importance of lamenting loss, accepting the reality of exile, and waiting on God to prove his faithfulness to us in our darkness.

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Aliens & Exiles (1 of 9)

Aliens & Exiles: Being a Christian in a Post-Christian World

Fall 2016 Sermon Series | Sept 11th - Nov 13th

Aliens & Exiles is a series that looks at the biblical motif of God’s people being strangers and sojourners within a society and culture that doesn’t recognize God’s reign and rule on the earth. The church in America now finds herself in a post-Christian world. We have no choice but to think and live like aliens and exiles who receive no special privileges from the world around us. While this may be challenging, the Scriptures reveal it is an opportunity to display the good news. As followers of Christ, we are citizens of heaven. What does that mean exactly? And what does it look like to live as aliens and exiles in a post-Christian America? In Aliens & Exiles we will consider how we are called to remain faithful to Christ in the midst of idolatrous Empire.

Sermon Series: Aliens & Exiles
Sermon Title: The Promised Land (1 of 9)
Scripture Reading: Rev. 1:1-3; 21:1-8; Phil. 3:20; 1 Peter 2:11-12

Our series begins with John exiled on the island of Patmos. In many ways, John represents the biblical story of God’s people living as aliens and exiles under the reign of empire. The revelation of Jesus to John captures our imagination as we peer into heaven’s throne room and eventually see the consummation of heaven and earth with the return of the victorious Lamb. Some stories need to begin at the end. In The Promised Land (1 of 9), Pastor David helps us to envision God’s telos (end goal) and what is required of his people as aliens and exiles seeking to reach that glorious end.

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