05/21/17 Why Am I Here?

Why Am I Here? – Pastor Andrew Conley

  1. You are HERE, to find God

Acts 17:26,27 26 ESV  From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.

 

There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate circumstances.

 

  1. You are HERE, to reach your city

Acts 1:8  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

 

Reaching the nations, starts with reaching our city!

 

Practical Steps for reaching my City

 

I need to:

  • “See” my city
    • Stop ignoring what’s uncomfortable
    • Stop hiding from people
  • Take responsibility for my city
    • By bringing reconciliation to my city

 

2 Corinthians 5:17-21 ESV 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[a] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 18 All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling[b] the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

 

  • By praying for the prosperity of my city

 

Jeremiah 29:1-7 These are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the prophet sent from Jerusalem to the surviving elders of the exiles, and to the priests, the prophets, and all the people, whom Nebuchadnezzar had taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon. This was after King Jeconiah and the queen mother, the eunuchs, the officials of Judah and Jerusalem, the craftsmen, and the metal workers had departed from Jerusalem. The letter was sent by the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan and Gemariah the son of Hilkiah, whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent to Babylon to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon. It said: “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease. But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.

This city is not your curse, it’s your calling.

 

  • By running to the dark places in my city

If we ignore and hide from the darkness, then who will bring light?