There are many different ways to read through and study the Bible. One of those ways is to consider how different themes are presented and developed throughout Scripture. As we move on to a new series of sermons this Fall that's exactly what we'll be doing. Starting September 5, 2021, we're going to be exploring the theme of Exile, beginning in Genesis chapter 3, and eventually concluding in Revelation 21-22.
We'll break our study of Exile into 3 basic sections. In the first several weeks of the series we'll be exploring "Exilic Foundations" by looking at the what and why of what it means to be an exile. Then we'll spend the majority of our time considering various "Exilic Callings" as we look at the lives of specific exiles in Scripture as well as some general teaching on what it means to live exilic lives. Then, as we move into the Advent season, we'll finish the series by considering our "Exilic Hope & Expectation."
We'll also have two new books on the book table that will help you to consider more deeply the things we'll be pursuing together: Exiles on Mission: How Christians Can Thrive in a Post-Christian World by Paul S. Williams and Evangelism as Exiles: Life on Mission as Strangers in our Own Land by Elliot Clark. I've personally benefitted from reading these works and found them stimulating, challenging, and encouraging in a variety of ways. I'd encourage you to grab a copy on Sunday.
I look forward to growing together in Jesus as we explore this new theme together.