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Uncompromised | Immigration & Persecution of Church Internationally

When you hear the word “immigration”, what comes to mind? As we wrap up our sermon series Uncompromised: Holding to Christian Convictions in a Cancel Culture, Oscar Castillo gives us five biblical principles about immigration and global persecution that will align our focus with God’s heart on these subjects.

Oscar CastilloNov 21, 2021

In This Series (6)
Uncompromised | Immigration & Persecution of Church Internationally
Oscar CastilloNov 21, 2021
Uncompromised | Race & Racism
Oscar Castillo, John Elmore, Sierra Sanchez, Marvin WalkerNov 14, 2021
Uncompromised | Sexuality: Gender, Sex, and Porn
John ElmoreNov 7, 2021
Uncompromised | Sanctity of Life
John Elmore, Bruce KendrickOct 31, 2021
Uncompromised | Law & Religious Liberties
John ElmoreOct 24, 2021
Uncompromised | Truth & Culture
John ElmoreOct 17, 2021

Summary

When you hear the word “immigration”, what comes to mind? As we wrap up our sermon series Uncompromised: Holding to Christian Convictions in a Cancel Culture, Oscar Castillo gives us five biblical principles about immigration and global persecution that will align our focus with God’s heart on these subjects.

Key Takeaways

  • Immigration is a challenge all over the world, but God is using the movement to do some amazing things.
  • As Christians, we are citizens of an eternal kingdom and pilgrims in a temporary nation (Philippians 3:20).
  • Through Jesus, we get our “passport” to life, identity, hope, restoration, and reconciliation. In this kingdom, the marginalized are brought to the light, the poor are given a place at the table, and we are all restored to our original design.
  • Jesus is the ultimate migrant. He left His throne in heaven so He could come to earth, showing us how to live in a broken world.
  • Throughout Scripture, God has used people on the move (a.k.a. immigrants): Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Ruth, etc.
  • God’s heart towards the immigrant is to love, care for, and defend them (Deuteronomy 10:18-19).
  • Therefore, the Church has the privilege to treat all immigrants with love, care, and dignity (Matthew 22:37-40).
  • God has chosen to have a people on the move as part of His love story. The church should be on the move as we come alongside Him in His plan.
  • The laws of government are important but must be applied to all in an impartial manner (1 Peter 2:13-14).
  • If our system is compromised and unjust, we are living in the same way as the kingdom of darkness. When our laws mirror God’s laws, we can be effective.
  • Jesus is the hope of America, and the hope of every immigrant as well.
  • The best citizens are those who are gripped by God’s spirit.
  • In the Bible, we see God use persecution to scatter His people and expand His kingdom to invite and grow His international family (Hebrews 13:3).
  • More Muslims have come to Christ in the last ten years than in the past 1,400 years of Islam.
  • The Church doesn’t just survive persecution; it thrives in persecution.
  • As believers, we must think globally and act locally.
  • What we see as a crisis at our border could be a blessing in disguise.
  • Five ways to get involved: Go, Disciple from Afar, Give, Pray, and Learn.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • Do you see differences between God’s perspective on immigration and any perspective on immigration that you have previously held?
  • What does it look like for you to treat immigrants with love, care, and dignity?
  • Which of the five ways to become involved in ministry to international people will you implement?

Resources for Further Discussion