WHY A CITY WOULD LOVE A CHURCH
This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon:
“Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” Jeremiah 29:4-7
Beware of the temptation to long so much for ________________
that you never decide to seek the _______________ of where you live.
The first church:
Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need… praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:45,47
1. Believe that God has a _________________ for where you live.
This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon… Jeremiah 29:4
2. ___________ for your city.
Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper. Jeremiah 29:7b
3. Work for the _____________________ of your city.
Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Jeremiah 29:7a
Shalom = “welfare, prosperity, well-being, good things, peace”
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16