Audio #5 : 52mins : Life and death in the city (Part 2) : Isaiah 26:1-21
God's call is for his people to live in a strong city rather than a safe suburb
Isaiah sings a Song about a City - he's that excited about City Life!
We live in the Suburbs but invite the City into our Living Rooms
We pursue the Dick Whittington dream of the Good Life - but now in the suburbs where our mind is stayed on the middle-class worldview of the American Dream
It is hard to understand the biblical notion of the "Kingdom of God" because we have moved from a monarchy to a democracy; it is hard for us to understand the biblical notion of "The City of God" because we have moved from the city to the suburbs
Suburbs are places of individualism rather than community
There is no long term loyalty to a suburb
In the suburbs we have separated ourselves from the poor and the powerful
We don't "pray for the peace of a suburb" in the way that we would "pray for the peace of the city" (like Jerusalem)
The paradigm of suburbanization has now affected our view of the church.
Peace is found in the Strong City (v.3): Peace from the wrath of God / The Peace of the well-being of the community / Personal subjective peace
Peace comes from a mind stayed on the Lord: Jesus is the fixed point from which all our thoughts radiate
But if the Church can learn to be "the city of God", we can learn how to serve God's vision for the "the City of Man"
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Brian Watts is Pastor of The King's Community Church and lives in Langley with his wife Rosalind.