Being a Blessing to the City

New Philly Hongdae (video streamed to Sillim, Itaewon, Busan, Sydney)
Preached by Christian Lee on May 3, 2015, Sunday.
Duration: 69 minutes (audio)
Theology of the City: Part 5

Preached at NP Hongdae


Discussion Questions

The City Blesses the Church

  1. Read Acts 1:8 aloud. Jesus instructed his disciples to minister first in the city. Why is it that you can reach the suburbs from the city but you can’t reach the city from the suburbs?
  2. During the sermon, PC talked about agglomeration, a term urban theorists use in reference to the economic and social benefits of physically locating near one another. We see agglomeration at work in Hollywood for the creation of world-class films and in Silicon Valley in regards to technology. In your own experience, how has living in close proximity with people who are similar to you or different than you brought out the best in you?
  3. Cities bring out the best in Christians by causing us to continually interact with the most talented people in our profession. Cities also bring out the best in Christians by consistently challenging our views and methods through the diverse people we interact with, deepening our convictions or causing us to become more knowledgeable about our work/studies. How does sin take these positive features of the city and twist it?
  4. Read and discuss this quote by Tim Keller:
    The gospel alone can give us the humility (“I have much to learn from the city”), the confidence (“I have much to give to the city”), and the courage (“I have nothing to fear from the city”) to do effective ministry that honors God and blesses others. And in time we will see that, for our own continuing spiritual growth and well-being, we need the city perhaps more than the city needs us.[1]

    Application: Blessing the City

  6. What are some things we can do to develop an appreciate attitude toward the city?
  7. How can we make sure that our church members are becoming a dynamic counterculture in the city we live in?
  8. How can we as a church be radically committed to the good of the city as a whole?
  9. Tim Keller wrote, “the cities of the world are grievously underserved by the church.” It is common for churches to put most of their financial and prayer support toward rural missions. What are some practical ways in which we can love the city by supporting urban ministry?


  1. Tim Keller, Center Church, p. 169.

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