Infusing the next generation with the Gospel and help shape cultural leaders
Developing confident Christ-centered teens to impact the world through counter-cultural values and lifestyles while empowering them to embrace their God given uniqueness.
Hebrews 11:13 – 16 “13 These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. 14 For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. 15 If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.
What are Strangers?
Strangers – “Xenos” – a foreigner; without knowledge of, without a share in: with a genitive of the thing
After Salvation we are no longer under the dominion of or belong to the elements of this world. Col 1:13 states “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,” because of this our relationship to the world is now a strange one. Since we are no longer strangers to the promises of God (Ephesians 2:19), we no longer have a share in the effects and results of a sinful culture since we have died with Christ and been raised to newness of life (Romans 6:3-11). As Strangers we come to recognize that this place is not home. God has stamped us, by faith, in Christ with the seal of Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14). This action designated an official change in citizenship, and now we look toward the future in faith waiting for the promise of our new home to be revealed (John 14:3, Revelation 21:1-5).
What are Exiles?
Exiles – “Parepidemos – sojourning in a strange place; literally, someone “passing through” but still with personal relationship with the people in that locale (note the prefix, para, “close beside”). This temporary (but active) relationship is made necessary by circumstances. (These are defined only by the context.)
After recognizing that we are Exiles our physical location does not change, but our spiritual position does. Yet, we still must live and experience and go through life in this world even though it is a temporary journey. Jesus declared that though we are in this World we are no longer of this World (John 17:14) but He has sent us into the World just as he was sent (John 17:18). Though we do not partner with the evil nature in this present world, just like our Lord we love the people that are lost in it. Therefore as Exiles we labor by the strength of Christ to impact people and influence the culture with Christ so that Light might shine in the darkness (John 1:5).