Outsiders & Exiles


Outsiders and Exiles
A Microclimate
  • Jeremiah 29:5-7 & 11
Influencing the weather of a community by contributing elements of health and hope to
the atmosphere.
The Church on the Edge
  • Ephesians 2:11-19
  • Philippians 3:20
Placed on the edge between east, mid-town, and south Tulsa; high and low income populations, a vast array of ethnic/immigrant/cultural groups; modern and post-modern ages; Christian faith and a post-Christian world, Good Shepherd must become highly skilled border-crossers.
Ministry from the Margins
  • 1 Peter 2:9-10
Does the Christian message come from inside or outside the culture?
  • Hebrews 13:12-14
As we come to accept that we are the outsiders, we learn to approach from the edges rather than the center. Influence replaces control; servanthood replaces ownership.
  • Romans 1:16
  • 1 Corinthians 1:23-24, 2:1-5
Confession (proclamation) replaces persuasion (“proof”) or coercion (legislation).
  • Luke 4:32
Authoritative speaking replaces appeals to authority (“The Bible says this,” or “The sixth commandment is that”).