What’s behind this idea of The Exchange? We believe this is the message that God wants us to live as His church. It’s taken straight from 2 Corinthians 5:14-21:
For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again. So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
The love of Christ has compelled us to no longer live for ourselves (v 14-15), to view people with the perspective of God’s love (v 16), to be ambassadors of Christ (v 20), and to carry the message of reconciliation to the city of Pearl and to the world. Jesus made the ultimate exchange for us by taking the punishment for our sin, although He was perfect and lived a perfect life, in order that we could become the righteousness of God. (v 21) We now have the opportunity to make the exchange of our old, sinful life for new life in Christ. (v 17)
It’s because of God’s grace that we have the chance to experience eternal life. We want The Exchange to lead people to experience the exchange Jesus made for them and in response, to exchange their old life for a greater life that God has in store for them.
As a community of believers, The Exchange is not just a place where people get life through Christ, but also a place where people give life to others through discipling and serving each other.