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Exiles in Empire

Mac McCarthy

Sep 25, 2022

Bottom Line

The church is to be a contrast community living on mission as exiles in empire.

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We — the church — are exiles living in a post-Christian empire.

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia…
1 Peter 1:1
Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.
1 Peter 1:17
Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.
1 Peter 2:11

"The church has been in exile before. She thrived there. She didn’t lose her identity; she discovered it. She didn’t fall asleep; she came awake."
— John Mark Comer

Bottom Line:

The church is to be a contrast community living on mission as exiles in empire.

Four priorities for us to live on mission in exile:

1. Spirit Dependency

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
Acts 8:1

2. Jesus Centricity

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching
Acts 2:42

3. Radical Inclusivity

4. Tenacious Resiliency 

But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! 20 As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
Acts 4:19-20

Action Steps:

  • What’s hard for you when it comes living as an exile and foreigner in our culture?
  • Where are you being tempted to wring your hands or take matters into your own hands? 
  • Which of the four priorities do you sense the Spirit of God inviting you to focus on?