Loving Our City

Loving Our City

Aug 04, 2019

Passage: Jeremiah 29:4-14

Preacher: Tim Akin

Series: The Church Out There

Detail:

Church Out There Saying:
“It has been great to gather as the church of Jesus Christ in here, now let’s go this week on mission as the church OUT THERE!”

Send Atlanta:
“From the outside, the Atlanta metro area seems a bustling urban powerhouse, but a closer look reveals more of a contradiction. The Atlanta metro area is collected into pockets of unique communities, each one with its own distinct characteristics and needs. Life here is a juxtaposition of megachurches, shopping centers, high rises and wealth set alongside gang violence, drugs, human trafficking and poverty. The challenge to reach such a diversified population for Christ is great. For change to take place, it must begin on the neighborhood level. This will require church planters, pastors and partners to prayerfully find locations in dire need and creatively and diligently work toward connecting in the community. In addition to racism, poverty and crime, the negativity associated with Christianity is an obstacle that needs to be overcome, especially when the shadows of existing church buildings fall on bridges, beneath which the homeless take shelter. But there’s a unique opportunity for churches and believers to work together for a greater impact and a movement toward change.”

Main Idea:
We are the church out there when we love our city.

1. God has a design for the city.

2. God is for our city.

  • Jonah 4:11: “And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left?”
  • Luke 19:41: “And when He drew near and saw the city, He wept over it!”

3. God has placed us in our city.

4. God wants us to love our city.

  • Build our families.
  • Strengthen our city.
    • Jeremiah 29:7: “But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”
    • “Welfare” = tofully flourish in every way!
  • Pray for our city.

CT Studd:
“Some people want to live within the sound of church bells, but I want to run a mission, a yard from the gates of Hell.”