When you think about 2016, what was the strangest thing that happened? For me, I found it strange to pray about leaving to plant a church—quietly praying about making a departure from the people I am committed to being present with. It was strange, and yet it was my best spiritual moment of 2016. In some ways, it is normal… See, I would suggest that your best spiritual moment this year…will be strange. Really. In the previous posts, we talked about how our best spiritual moments are usually moments of exile or mission. The New Testament describes the exile of the church from Jerusalem in Acts 8, but it only uses the word “exile” twice. Peter used it describing the Christians to whom he was writing his first letter.
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God's elect, exiles scattered throughout the
provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, (1Pe 1:1 NIV)
Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles (also translated “strangers”, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. (1Pe 2:11-12 NIV)
Did you see that? He refers to their exile and challenges them to make their exile into a missi