THIS WEEK IN TABLE TALK: EXILE
Reflection on Last Week’s Topic
The choice is now at the foot of the cross. People who know they are loved and forgiven by God can become people who love and forgive others in return.
- How did you bring love and forgiveness to an evil world this last week?
- How did it go? Did God bless you?
Watch video: Exile
Recap: Home is a place where we are supposed to feel stable and safe. Unfortunately, this is not the case for most of the world. Man has broken God’s trust and his commands. This has led us to “exile” in Babylon. It is an exile of our own making. But there is a way out and a way home.
How did last week’s video define Babylon? (A civilization that defines evil as good.)
How did this week’s video describe how we feel when we are in Babylon? (A feeling of alienation and longing.)
What are some examples of actions people take when feeing alienated and longing? (Compensating with drugs or alcohol, depression, wanting more “stuff,” seeking status or power, etc.)
Is there a way to get back home? (Yes, through Jesus.)
- How did Jesus provide a way back home? (He exiled Himself for us, showing the way is not through compensation or status, but through love and service.)
- Why would those who follow the pathway of Jesus call themselves “sojourners or wanderers?” (Though we still live in Babylon, it is not our home.)
- As sojourners and wanderers, do they have purpose? (Yes, to live as Jesus lived.)
Jesus not only knows the way – He is the way. He is the pathway to our true home. And as we wait for His return we are to live, as He lived, lives of love and service.
- Do you believe that Jesus is the way, the way out of Babylon and to our true home?
- If not, Why not?
- If so, how can we live lives of love and service in a Babylonian world? What can we do as sojourners and wanderers?
- Who is someone you can love and serve this week?
- What will you do to make this happen?