When the Church Lives in Exile

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When God’s people repeatedly broke their covenant in the Old Testament they were finally relegated to captivity and removed from Israel and Judah to dwell in another land. This displacement, which happened in two major phases (first for the northern kingdom and then the southern kingdom), resulted in the loss of power, political leadership, and in a sense, an identity crisis. God’s people were ultimately restored to their land, although the fulfillment of complete restoration was to come in phases—first with a Messiah atoning for sin, and only later through ultimate judgment. In the meantime, the church now serves as God’s people and a testimony to his saving kingdom. But what happens when the church loses its platform and place of privilege in a culture?

Watch this Seven Minute Seminary with Dr. Stephen J. Grabill of the Acton Institute as he suggests 3 mistaken ways the church should avoid engaging with culture.

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Dr. Stephen J. Grabill is the director of programs and international at the Acton Institute. He is also a senior research scholar in theology, and an adjunct professor of theological ethics at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is the general editor of the NIV Stewardship Study Bible, author/editor of eight books, editor emeritus of the Journal of Markets & Morality, general editor of Abraham Kuyper’s three-volume Common Grace translation, and the publisher of Christian’s Library Press, the Acton Institute’s new evangelical publishing imprint.

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