Build houses and live in them; plant gardens ... Take wives and have sons and daughters: ... multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city ... and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
Jeremiah encouraged a group of homesick exiles to build houses, plant gardens, take husbands and wives, to seek the welfare of the city where they were being sent into exile, and to pray to the Lord on its behalf saying that in seeking the welfare of the city, they somehow find their own welfare.
Jesus spent most of his life in the city of Nazareth and never really got further than the city of Jerusalem. He turned the world upside down but never left an area the size of Metro Atlanta. He was called to dwell among a specific people, in a specific place, with a specific purpose.
God has called us as New City Church to the same kind of incarnational living; to specific places; to neighborhoods, to cities all around Gwinnett County, because these places have eternal significance in God’s Kingdom. Will we simply be consumers of the commodities that these cities offer us, or will we lay down our lives for the welfare of these cities?