In Hebrews 6:18-19, Christians are described as spiritual refugees: “…we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul…”
In a chapter that I contributed to the new book Reading Hebrews Missiologically, I consider how learning from Christians from around the world who have lived the physical experience of being a refugee can inform and instruct Christians who have not had this experience and yet have a pilgrim identity as believers.
Here’s an excerpt…
“Jesus gives hope in a motherland devolving into chaos, and he continues to give hope in a new land that may never quite feel like home. This is the only kind of hope that is powerful enough to counter the global spirit of heaviness and hopelessness that characterizes our current time. The refugee identity was a reminder to the Hebrews who were tempted toward lethargy and is a modern reminder to Christians in stable circumstances that earthly stability is illusory and can collapse at any time. The only sure hope and safety can be found in the unchangeable character and promises of God…”
The book—which has eleven other contributors who also seek to encourage believers to glean missiological insights from the book of Hebrews—is available to order now! We hope it will be a blessing to you.
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