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“God of This City: Missional Lessons from Jonah”

July 5, 2011

It’s been a while since you have received anything from this blog.  I have been on hiatus for a little bit.

Our current worship series at Heartland is entitled “God of This City;” it is a study of the book of Jonah.  This series was inspired by Timothy Keller’s sermon entitled “The Gospel and the Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World” at the 2006 Desiring God conference.  This sermon is now in print in the book “The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World.” 

This series asks the question, “What does it look like for the people of God to see a movement of Jesus Christ not just in an individual but in their city, region, and world?” 

Our mission field in this country has changed.  It seems the epicenter of gospel movement is now in Africa and Asia.  We are a culture that used to be Christian (in terms of Christianity’s influence, not in terms of whether we ever were Christ-like) from a cultural standpoint.  Our cultural landscape has become less influenced by Christianity, more skeptical, and harder to reach.  Unfortunately, as our mission field has changed in nature, our strategy to share the gospel of Jesus has not.  It must. 

My proposal is that we really don’t need something new in our mission.  We need something ancient.  No culture was as pluralistic than the polytheistic Ancient Near East.  No culture was any more without scruples or values than this violent and oppressive region controlled by the vicious Assyrians.  Because of this, our mission to the new cultural landscape can learn a lot from the ancient strategy of God in the book of Jonah.    

You can follow this series by watching videos of it:  http://sc.fhview.com/sc_customplayer/seriesitems/1/119280

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