Ran Across This… Biblical Principles For Taking Your City

Ran across this on the web the other day… and thought it was a great outline of basics to keep in mind, or follow when trying to minister God’s love and grace, and take ground in our communities.

 

PRINCIPLES FOR TAKING YOUR CITY

HOW DOES GOD SEE YOUR CITY?

 

  • Your city contains His Harvest – Luke 10
    • 2  He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.
  • God is concerned with your city – Jonah 1
    • 2  “Go to the great city ofNinevehand preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.”
    • 4: 11  But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?”
  • He desires to watch over it – Ps 127
    • 1  Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.
  • No one is there by accident – Act 17
    • 26  From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.
  • See your city as Jesus does – Matt 11
    • 11: 21  “Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you,Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed inTyreandSidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
    • 22  But I tell you, it will be more bearable forTyreandSidonon the day of judgment than for you.
    • 23  And you,Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies? No, you will go down to the depths. If the miracles that were performed in you had been performed inSodom, it would have remained to this day.
    • 24  But I tell you that it will be more bearable forSodomon the day of judgment than for you.”
    • Matt 9: 36  When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
  • He has given your city a redemptive gift –  1 Cor. 12
    • 7  Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
    • 8  To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit,
    • 9  to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit,
    • 10  to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.
    • 11  All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
    • 12  The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ.
    • 13  For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free–and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
    • 14  Now the body is not made up of one part but of many.
    • Romans 12: 6  We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.
    • 7  If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;
    • 8  if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
    • What is your city’s gift?
    • How has Satan perverted that gift?

 

TAKING SPIRITUAL OWNERSHIP OF YOUR CITY

 

    • Neh 2: 17  Then I said to them, “You see the trouble we are in:Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall ofJerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.”
  • Commit to your city – Jer. 29
    • 4  This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile fromJerusalemtoBabylon:
    • 5  “Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce.
    • 6  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.
    • 7  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.”
  • Become a community expert – Prov 27
    • 23  Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds;
    • 24  for riches do not endure forever, and a crown is not secure for all generations.
  • Learn your city’s culture and values – Act 17
    • 23  For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.
    • 28  ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
  • Identify with the sin of your city – Daniel 9
    • 4  I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed: “O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey his commands,
    • 5  we have sinned and done wrong. We have been wicked and have rebelled; we have turned away from your commands and laws.
    • 6  We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.
    • 7  “Lord, you are righteous, but this day we are covered with shame–the men of Judah and people of Jerusalem and all Israel, both near and far, in all the countries where you have scattered us because of our unfaithfulness to you.
  • Maintain an offensive posture – Matt 11
    • 12  From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.
  • Don’t let the enemy set the Rules of Engagement – 1 Sam 17
    • 8  Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks ofIsrael, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me.
    • 9  If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.”
    • 10  Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the ranks ofIsrael! Give me a man and let us fight each other.”
    • 11  On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.

 

FINDING GOD’S STRATEGY FOR TAKING YOUR CITY

 

  • Prepare the way – Is 40
    • 3  A voice of one calling: “In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.
    • 4  Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.
    • 5  And the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
  • Find where sin abounds – Romans 5
    • 20  The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more,
  • Pray for open doors and act on opportunities – Col 4
    • 2  Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
    • 3  And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.
    • 4  Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.
    • 5  Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.
    • 6  Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
  • Find where God is already working – John 5
    • 17  Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day,

and I, too, am working.”

    • 18  For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
    • 19  Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.

 

BEGIN TO IMPLIMENT HIS STRATEGY

 

  • How to precede a move of God? – Luke 10
    • 5  “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’
    • 6  If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you.
    • 7  Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house.
    • 8  “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is set before you.
    • 9  Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘ThekingdomofGodis near you.’
  • Your strategy should always include increasing prayer in your city. Acts 1
    • 14  They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
    • 2: 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
    • Mark 11: 24  Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
  • Fight against disunity in the city. PS 133
    • 1  A song of ascents. Of David. How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! (Bad when we don’t?)
    • 2  It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes.
    • 3  It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on MountZion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.
    • Eph 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
    • 3  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
    • Phil 2:1  If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,
    • 2  then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
    • 3  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.
    • 4  Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.
    • 5  Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:

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