Love The City

Part two of our ‘City Adventures’ series

Each week, we’re producing notes, discussion points and application questions for our Sunday talks — helping you go deeper into everything we’re looking at together and resourcing our Small Groups during the week. Use the embedded player to listen to the talk, or click here to download it.

Base Scriptures

  • Jeremiah 29:4–7
  • Jonah 4
  • Luke 13:31–35
  • Luke 11:29–32

Notes

Choice: Integrate or Separate, Compassion or Condemnation. Becoming self-righteous and losing compassion can be a subtle and progressive trap to fall into. Maintaining a soft heart requires we keep looking to Jesus and receiving of His grace towards us, such that we reflect His heart towards others. Freely we have received, freely we give.

To love the City, we need to know the City we live in…
- What are the great things about our city? What is the distress of our city
- Seeing distress vs absorbing distress.
- It is not ours to hold. We are not Saviour, Jesus is. We must not turn our face away like Jonah, neither must we absorb distress like Jesus (we are not God)… rather, we continually bring it to Him who cares more than we could ever know.

Application Questions

About me…
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Can you relate at all to Jonah’s response to Nineveh? How?
- Are you more of a ‘glass half empty’ or ‘glass half full’ personality?

About God…
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What does Jesus’ response to the city of Jerusalem tell us about Him? How does He extend compassion to you / us?
- Are you enjoying God’s lavish grace to you? What does that look like?

About us…
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How can we see the distress of the city without absorbing it?
- How might our everyday activities be used to express love to the city?

About the world…
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What do you see as the great things about our city? What do you see as the distress of the city?

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