"Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you." - 1 Peter 1:1-2

All three of our churches will take 14 weeks this fall to rally our family of churches to become the beautiful, God-glorifying, counter-cultural family that God desires His church to be. Peter uses the concept of living as exiles to help Christians connect and understand how to seek God’s kingdom and His mission no matter what level of hostility we find in the surrounding culture. Peter also helpfully hits on timely and practical issues like marriage, politics, community and suffering all within the context of living life as a regular exile.

Study guides & leader guides

To help facilitate LifeGroup discussion we'll be posting study guides for each week of the series. 

Week 1: Elect Exiles (View Study Guide) (View Leader Guide)
Week 2: Salvation; Past, Present, and Future (View Study Guide) (View Leader Guide)
Week 3: A Holy Rebellion (View Study Guide) (View Leader Guide)
Week 4: Forever Family (View Study Guide) (View Leader Guide)
Week 5: Being the Church in a "Be Yourself" World (View Study Guide) (View Leader Guide)
Week 6: Christians and Politics (View Study Guide) (View Leader Guide)
Week 7: Exile Endurance in Suffering (View Study Guide) (View Leader Guide)
Week 8: Dealing With People Who Hurt (View Study Guide) (View Instructional Video Here)
Week 9: Missionary Marriage (View Study Guide) (View Leader Guide)
Week 10: Baptism (View Study Guide) (View Leader Guide)
 Week 11: Don't Waste Your Lunch Break (View Study Guide) (View Leader Guide)
Week 12: Change the World with People You Love (View Study Guide) (View Leader guide)
Week 13: Elders (View Study Guide) (View Leader Guide)
Week 14: Humble Resistance (View Study Guide) (View Leader Guide)

A Look at what god has done

Throughout this series we'll be showcasing stories from different members in our church family. Our hope is that these stories would paint a picture of what God is doing in our city through his people living counter-cultural lives.  As we show new videos during our Sunday Gatherings we will post them here for you to watch. 

additional resources

We're really excited to see our family of churches learn to live missional lives as exiles through our 1 Peter series. Throughout the series we'll be posting blogs to help enrich our understanding of the Gathering material and what we discuss in our LifeGroups.