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Loving Garner (or the city in which you live)

I just began reading “To Transform a City” by Eric Swanson yesterday and was immediately convicted by the intro and the first chapter.  Swanson speaks about how whenever pastors get together to pray for their city, they use language like, “Taking the city for God,” “Tearing down strongholds,” or other testosterone filled language.  One day, the author gathered those same pastors together and countered with an encouragement for the men to just love their city.  Simple.  Effective.  Biblical.


That encouragement to those pastors serves as a gentle rebuke for me as well.  I know that I get caught up sometimes in thinking how to build Sovereign King through serving the city, but the first and second greatest commandments seem to counter that type of thinking.  As a reminder, they are:


Matthew 22: 37“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.


Living out that mission is a mission of love for the church as loving and serving are the platforms for establishing relationships.  We see this in Proverbs 3:3-4 Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart.  4 So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.


So, whatever other goals we have for the Town of Garner, loving her should be first and foremost.  With that in mind, help me out.  What would it look like to love the Town of Garner?  What are her needs and how could they be met?  I want your ideas because if the mission of Sovereign King (or any other church in the area) is to love God, then we must reflect that love by loving our neighbor and loving Garner.


Also, this isn’t just a fact gathering exercise for SK.  Hopefully, it will be a forum to gather ideas for everyone to join in loving Garner, and if you aren’t in Garner, this exercise might be helpful in enabling you to love the city in which you live.  Feel free to leave comments here on the blog or on the FB page.  Thanks so much.  Perhaps these words from Brother Lawrence will help us in our thinking:

“Men invent means and methods of coming at God’s love, they learn rules and set up devices to remind them of that love, and it seems like a world of trouble to bring oneself into the consciousness of God’s presence.  Yet it might be so simple.  Is it not quicker and easier just to do our common business wholly for the love of Him?

January 12, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , ,

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