Exiles is a teaching series in the book of 1 Peter. Here Peter describes the followers of Jesus as exiles and instructs on how to live in the culture of the day—how to engage those around us, respond to human institutions, and live out the gospel in daily life. May we become people of God who live fully engaged lives, while understanding that we are in exile, awaiting the promised kingdom yet to come.
There are two opportunities for you to dig deeper into these topics:
Weekly Study Guides for Community Group and Personal Use
Note: There is no study guide for Week 5, Reformation Sunday (1 Peter 2:5-10).
E-Free Reads Book Club
Get ready to join what could be Lethbridge’s biggest book club as we explore the questions:
Are we, the church, in exile? And if we are, how should we respond?
We typically think of being in exile as being displaced from your native country. Lee Beach argues that exile can be a cultural and spiritual condition as well: “It is the experience of knowing that one is an alien, and perhaps even in a hostile environment where the dominant values run counter to one’s own.”
To explore how we should respond to this reality, we are going to host a book club discussion on Monday, November 27 from 7-9 pm at the church. Here’s how you can participate:
- Choose a book from the list below and read it by the end of November. You have two months, so get started!
- Show up to our “Book Club.”
The first half of the night will be spent discussing your particular book. The second half of the night will be spent hearing from the other groups who read different books. The purpose is to spark conversation about how we should live “in exile.”
Choose from the following:
(Tip: Check the church library before ordering.)
- The Church in Exile: Living in Hope After Christendom by Lee Beach (discussion led by Luke Watson)
- The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation by Rod Dreher (discussion led by Amy Vetter)
- Faithful Presence: Seven Disciplines that Shape the Church for Mission by David Fitch (discussion led by Myron Krause)
- The Lost History of Christianity: The Thousand-Year Golden Age of the Church in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia – and How it Died by Philip Jenkins (discussion led by Pam Ukrainetz)
- Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical by Timothy Keller (discussion led by Ken Dosso)
- Thriving in Babylon: Why Hope, Humility, and Wisdom Matter in a Godless Culture by Larry Osborne (discussion led by Dave Acree)
- Subversive Kingdom: Living as Agents of Gospel Transformation by Ed Stetzer (discussion led by Don Bergen)
Ian Lawson - October 1, 2017
1 Peter 1:1-2
From Series: "Exiles: A Study in 1 Peter"
Peter describes the followers of Jesus as exiles and instructs on how to live in the culture of the day—how to engage those around us, respond to human institutions, and live out the gospel in daily life. Join the E-Free Reads Book Club or follow along with 1 Peter study guides at efreelethbridge.ca/exiles
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