Citizenship in Your Home Away from Home

Text: Jeremiah 29:1-14
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: November 4, 2012

This Sunday we will take a break from Galatians to consider what Scripture teaches about our responsibilities as believers to live as good citizens in the nations which are our temporary home away from our true heavenly home.  We will focus our attention on Jeremiah 29 which contains a letter from the prophet to the Jewish exiles in Babylon.   Jeremiah tells them to carry on their lives and to seek the prosperity (shalom) of the city in which they live as they await restoration to the promised land (in 70 years).  Our situation is similar to that of the exiles in Babylon.  Our true citizenship is in heaven as we live as strangers and aliens in our earthly nations.  Rather than completely withdrawing from culture (as some Christians have done) we should carry on with life and seek to be a blessing to our nations.

How can we bring blessing to our nation?  What does the Bible teach about our relationship to human government?  How does our faith impact how we exercise our citizenship (including our vote)?

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