Aliens & Exiles

Aliens & Exiles (9 of 9)

Sermon Series: Aliens & Exiles
Sermon Title: The Triumph of the Lamb (9 of 9)
Scripture Reading: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelation 5:6-7, 12; 12:10-12; 19:11-16

After the resurrected Jesus ascended to the Father in heaven, angels appeared and told the disciples that Jesus would return. Paul tells us that Jesus would come again like a victorious king and be with his people in a forever Kingdom. And it’s in the book of Revelation that we see how Jesus brings about the end of empire and saves his exiles for a renewed earth. What will that look like?

In The Triumph of the Lamb (9 of 9), Pastor David concludes our series by encouraging us to be overcomers who defy the beast and worship the Lamb who was slain. 

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Aliens & Exiles (8 of 9)

Sermon Series: Aliens & Exiles
Sermon Title: When Kingdoms Collide (8 of 9)
Scripture Reading: John 18:36; Luke 20:20-26; Romans 13:1-8; Philippians 1:27; 3:17-21

Are the politics of Jesus relevant for us in a democratic society? What do we do in an empire that asks for our opinion (vote) every four years? If Jesus or Paul lived in America, would they vote? If so, how would they decide who to vote for? And what does Paul mean when he tells the Christians in Philippi that their civic life should be worthy of the gospel of Christ?

In When Kingdoms Collide (8 of 9), Pastor David challenges us to see the subversive nature of the gospel and that the Kingdom is not dependent upon presidents, kings, or any form of government.

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Aliens & Exiles (7 of 9)

Sermon Series: Aliens & Exiles
Sermon Title: The Gospel in Post-Christian Context (7 of 9)
Scripture Reading: Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8; 9:1-16; 17:16-34

What Jesus began did not die with him on the cross. Jesus was resurrected and seen by hundreds. The Jesus movement exploded in the face of relentless persecution. Saul of Tarsus, a zealous Pharisee in charge of ending the threat, encountered Jesus through a light and a voice on the road to Damascus. From then on Paul becomes the apostle to the Gentile world. What can we learn from his life and approach to engaging a pagan world?

In The Gospel in Post-Christian Context (7 of 9), Pastor David invites us to humbly and creatively evangelize the world while living in exile.

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Aliens & Exiles (6 of 9)

Sermon Series: Aliens & Exiles
Sermon Title: Yeshua: A Messiah for the Exiles (6 of 9)
Scripture Reading: Mark 5:1-13; Luke 4:1-28; John 18:33-37

We have traveled the road of God’s people through exile, deliverance, and back again. The Roman empire has ruled Judea for almost half a century when the long-awaited Messiah comes in the person of Jesus of Nazareth—an exile who comes to save exiles. What do we learn about Messiah from his temptations, the exorcism of Legion, and his defiance of Caesar before Pilate by proclaiming the kingdom of God?

In Yeshua: A Messiah for the Exiles (6 of 9), Pastor David beckons us to imagine the kingdom and what it looks like when God becomes king.

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Aliens & Exiles (5 of 9)

Sermon Series: Aliens & Exiles
Sermon Title: Faith That Burns Brighter Than the Furnace (5 of 9)
Scripture Reading: Daniel 3:1-30; Malachi 4:1-3; Psalm 24:1-6

The prophet Daniel wasn’t the only one facing the challenges of being faithful amidst idolatrous empire. A few years after Daniel interprets the dreams of Nebuchadnezzar and is recognized as serving the God of all gods, the king orders everyone to bow down and worship a massive golden statue. Daniel’s friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, are singled out as exiles who reject the liturgy of empire.

In Faith That Burns Brighter Than the Furnace (5 of 9), Pastor David challenges us to cast aside all of our idols for the worship of the one true God. 

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Aliens & Exiles (4 of 9)

Sermon Series: Aliens & Exiles
Sermon Title: Living in the Land of the Lions’ Den (4 of 9)
Scripture Reading: Daniel 6:1-28; 7:13-14; 9:1-3; 10:1-13

The temple is gone and the people of God have been carried off into Babylonian exile. But God has not abandoned his children. To the surprise of many, God is present and active in the lives of those seeking to be faithful while in exile. It’s in the book of Daniel that we see God honor the faithful, empower the exiles, and prove his sovereignty over all the nations on earth.

In Living in the Land of the Lions’ Den (4 of 9), Pastor David encourages us to be holy amidst unholy empire, trusting that God can protect the church and reveal his divine favor in our trials.

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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 (2 of 9)

Sermon Series: Aliens & Exiles
Sermon Title: The Road to Exile (2 of 9)
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 39:1-8; 40:3-5; Hebrews 12:7-11

There were both human and divine factors which led to ancient Israel experiencing exile. What were those factors? What did the prophets have to say before and after the people of God traveled the road to exile? What can we learn from the past? And what can we expect for the future of the church in a post-Christian America? What lay ahead on this road to exile? It’s likely to be filled with tragedy and triumph.

In The Road to Exile (2 of 9), Pastor David will invite us to observe the painful past of God's people so that we might enter into exile with hope for the future.

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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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