This is Part II in a series on reaching your city. Read Part I here.
If you desire to help instruct and inspire your congregation for city-reaching, I offer you thirteen passages to preach (and a community group guide for four of those texts). You can use these passages as the backbone of a biblical theology of the city. (The * signifies that these passages have a community group curriculum guide available for download in the next part of this series.)
Here's an entry point for how you can begin to walk your congregation through a biblical vision for city-reaching.
Sermon Passages: 13 Biblical Texts to Preach
Genesis 1:26-31 — God’s good design of the city
Genesis 4:14-17 — the brokenness of the city
Genesis 11:4-9 — the foolishness of hoping in the city
Leviticus 14:40-45 — God’s desire for purity within the city
Numbers 35:9-15 — the city as refuge
*Proverbs 11:10-11 — righteous and wicked in the city
Isaiah 62:12 — a city not forsaken
*Jeremiah 29:1-7 — mission for the city
Jonah 4:11 — God’s heart for the city
Acts 1:8; 8:8 — a call to the city, and joy in the city
*Acts 17:1-4, 22-31 — Thessalonica and Athens: contextualization for the city
*Hebrews 11:9-10; 13:14 — living in the city with hope for another
Revelation 21:9-14 — the holy city
Stay tuned for the free download: "Community Group Guide: 4 Weeks on the City"