This short video provides an excellent introduction to Module 5 - Gospel and the City. Please share this with your Cohort, followed by the Andy Crouch video below this.
Love the City from Redeemer City to City on Vimeo.
Before you start this module, please take a look at this five minute introduction to the theme of The City, a short talk by Andy Crouch. What he says summarizes module 5 and poses questions you will want on your mind during this leg of the journey.
- What is God’s purpose for humans?
- What is the "flourishing" of the city?
- How do humans undermine God’s purpose for cities?
- Are there places in my city in which I glimpse God already bringing about redemption?
- Where are places that I come into intimate contact with deep need, places in which God must intervene decisively?
"Why God Made Cities," by Tim Keller
By going to the website below you can receive, for free, the ebook "Why God Made Cities" by Tim Keller. It is a short read, essentially a sermon, which makes the case for why God’s people must be earnest about living the gospel in the big cities of this world. God loves the people-packed city; this is why His people should as well.
2. GOING DEEPER
"A Vision for Our Cities," by Al Barth
Please take a look at this Q talk that outlines the reasoning behind why all Christians have to concern themselves with what happens to the cities of our world. This article is one of many Q talks that may interest you; look over the website (especially going to the homepage to learn what the “Q” group is all about) and see an array of articles that discuss human flourishing.
1. EXPAND YOUR WORLD
This Is Our City
This Is Our City, a multi-year project of Christianity Today, seeks to spotlight in reporting, essays, and documentary video how Christians are responding to their cities' particular challenges with excellence, biblical faith, and hope. From 2011 to 2013 they profiled six cities in depth. Each differs from the other in size, economic climate, ethnic and racial composition, and in their history of Christian presence, leadership or abdication, at crucial moments. But they all have stories worth telling. Take as much time as you like to read through the stories presented on this site.
2. Below is a selection of articles that will challenge and deepen your “theology of place”. Where you live and how you live there matter very much. The church’s discussion about all this is well captured by the Q society. Besides the articles noted here, you will want to go to qideas.org and click on the menu item “cities” to see their full list of very interesting videos and essays.
For the third installment of its four-part series “Super Skyscrapers”, PBS turns to what will be China's tallest building – Shanghai Tower. The tower is shaping how we think about building and inhabiting cities. As urban space shrinks, this extraordinary building showcases how vertical cities will revolutionize the way we live, work and protect ourselves from potential threats. This is a must watch!
We all choose to be the kind of neighbors that we want to be through the ways in which we interact with each other in our local streets and spaces. In so doing, we choose to make our neighborhood the place that it is. What kind of place do you choose to create?
It’s crazy how few of us know our neighbors—their names, their phone numbers, what they’re about. The explosion of online "social" networking has only made it easier to avoid face-to-face contact in the real world. What might we be missing? Collaborators, friends, emergency contacts, sugar? What does this mean for society? As Harvey Milk said, "If we wish to rebuild our cities, we must first rebuild our neighborhoods." So, let's do something about it.
"Just Step In: Joining God as He Heals Your City"
As God builds your church, He has a very unique personality in mind for it that is designed to engage your community in very specific ways. But if you’re not careful, you can miss it. In our fast-paced culture, you may feel pressured to define that design before you ever hit the ground. God has been preparing your community for a long time, and He has invited you to step into what He has prepared. He wants you to join Him in what He is already doing. This “5 P” approach to city engagement Rich Gorman writes about in his new eBook will help you to think differently about your city and lead you to reimagine the ways God is inviting you to join Him as he heals your city for His glory.
- Detailed look at the dynamics of a community critical to engaging a city: power centers, economy, celebration, pain areas and gatekeepers (Person of Peace)
- A simplified process for understanding these dynamics called the 5 Ps: Power, Pennies, Parties, Pain, Person of Peace
- How Jesus interacted with these five dynamics
- How to discern and identify the unique personality God has designed for your church and how it fits into your community
- How to exegete a culture, community and city so that your church can join God in what He is already doing in your community
- Inspiring, real-life stories of how a church has engaged the pain areas of its city
- Practical application for connecting the 5 Ps and seeing God work them together for His glory
The above content was borrowed from the Exponential website where you can download the Just Step In eBook for free:
Interact with Isaiah, who tells a tale of two cities: the strong city and the lofty city. The former is divine, available through salvation, and based on peace and joy. The latter is human, self -created, and based on pride and accomplishment. Christians are called to seek the peace and prosperity of the city, both in prayer and as servants of society, looking forward to the final and eternal heavenly city where the trials of this world will cease. Redeemer Presbyterian Church is all about city engagement; seeking to renew the city spiritually, socially and culturally. Listen to a series of sermons by Timothy Keller on city renewal.
EXPAND YOUR WORLD
Each episode of "This is My City" finds Tim and Thomas finding a local who is willing to show them what life is like in Lisbon, Beirut, Beijing and five other global metropolises. This is a show about what cities mean to the people who live in them , brought to you in a most personal way. It’s not about seeing the sights but about seeing the soul of the city. It’s a show about what cities mean to the people who live in them.