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Citizens and Exiles - Withdrawal and Return [Ryan Ashley]

Citizens and Exiles - Withdrawal and Return [Ryan Ashley]

Jeremiah 29:4-14,John 15:1-8, Daniel 9:1-4; 20-23…..3 cultural shifts have changed the topography in the West. From a Majority to a MinorityFrom the Center to the FringeFrom Well Respected to Disrespected…..How not to live: 2 Postures to Avoid1. Separation2. Syncretism…..“A Christian community in a web of stubbornly loyal relationships knotted together in a living network of persons in a complex and challenging cultural setting who are committed to practicing the way of Jesus together for the renewal of the world.”Jon Tyson…..Withdrawal: A retreat. A distancing from what is known and comfortable. An exile, A wilderness. A breach with the surrounding culture.….1.   Break from Cultural Narratives2.   Self Reflection Into Our Flaws3.   Conversion into Abiding 4.   Preparation for Mission…..Return:To equip, participate, influence, resist, witness to and love the people with which God de