Holy City Connects Launch: Week of January 14, 2018
Series: Engaging the City
Series overview: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. In the beginning was the Word; and the Word was with God; and the Word was God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.
Those verses from the beginning of Genesis and the beginning of John’s Gospel give us a picture of a God who creates all things good. He does everything well. That same God calls us to receive, give thanks for, and enjoy all that is good. Unfortunately, we seem to have a rather ingrown and nasty habit of exploiting the good gifts of God for our own self-serving purposes. But yet, God would have good to triumph and us to rest content in His Goodness. And so He came. He wrapped Himself in the stuff of our humanity and stepped into the messy middle of life to both affirm His love for us and to transform us and the world along the good lines of God’s original creation.
John’s Gospel is a rich portrayal of the unique Son of God bringing light and truth and life into the everyday troubles and events of His community. Far from preaching at the city or condemning the city or withdrawing from the city, Jesus engaged the city. He lived with and alongside real people. He celebrated. He wept. He challenged. He healed. He blessed. As the manifest presence of Christ in the world, the Church must engage our city and its people and culture the way Jesus engaged those of His day. What that might look like here in the Holy City will be the focus of our series.
Week 1: Affirming our City (HCC week)
Readings for Sunday, Jan 14: Philippians 4:4-9, John 2:1-11
Week 2: Challenging Our City (Life Group week)
Readings for Sunday, Jan 21 (Sanctity of Life Sunday): Ezekiel 22:23-31, John 2:12-25
Week 3: Serving the City – GIC mission week (HCC week)
GIC mission partners to speak at HCC groups week of Jan 29-Feb 2
Week 4: Talking with our City (Life Group week)
Readings for Sunday, Feb 4: Proverbs 8:1-11, John 3:1-21
Week 5: Restoring our City (HCC week)
Readings for Sunday, Feb 18: Isaiah 61:1-4, John 4:1-42
Week 6: Comforting our City (Life Group week)
Readings for Sunday, Feb 25: Lamentations 1:1-2, John 11:1-44
Week 7: Engaging the City, a Model (HCC week)
Readings for Sunday, Mar 4: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12, John 1:14