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Episode 8

Strangers & Exiles


How do we live out this story? How do we engage the world around us? In this session, we explore how God calls all Christians to live as ambassadors. Rather than simply assimilating or withdrawing from culture we participate in God’s mission to witness to and redeem culture.

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Episode Outline

  • Assimilate or Withdraw—Christians living in exile can be tempted to either assimilate or withdraw from the culture around them.
  • Ambassadors—Our true citizenship is in the kingdom of God, and so we are called to be ambassadors of this kingdom.
  • Embassy—Daniel teaches us that ambassadors need an embassy—a community in which to gather and be sent from.
  • Church—The embassy for Christians is the local church, which gives humanity a foretaste of heaven. It is also the residence of the King of kings, Jesus Christ.

Sample discussion questions

  • Like Fran, why do you think we are tempted to withdraw from our culture?
  • What are the similarities and differences between the exile we experience and the exile Daniel and the Israelites experienced? What can we learn from Daniel about engaging culture?
  • Where are you experiencing exile, and what difficulties do you experience there? What does it mean to be an ambassador in that place?
  • How is your church a local embassy? How might your church help sustain you as an ambassador?

Featuring

Cosma Gatere

Cosma Gatere

Strategy and Policy Communication
Nairobi, Kenya

Katherine Leary Alsdorf

Katherine Leary Alsdorf

Senior Fellow
Redeemer City to City

Fran Vanderpol

Fran Vanderpol

Teacher & Small Business Owner
Abbotsford, B.C.

Eliud Wabukala

Eliud Wabukala

Archbishop
Anglican Church of Kenya

Paul Williams

Paul Williams

ReFrame Executive Producer; Research Professor, Marketplace Theology & Leadership.
Regent College

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