Between the Garden and the City – a new sermon series

Moore Square Plan - Raleigh, NC

My church, Christ the King, is moving locations in a few weeks.  We are moving from a lovely elementary school space in Five Points, Raleigh to an old brewery space in the heart of downtown Raleigh — in the current ‘City Market’ space called Cobblestone Hall.  In preparation for this move our pastor Geoff Bradford is preaching a series on what it means to live out the Gospel where we live.  In essence how to live out the Gospel in a place and time that is neither the Garden nor the New Jerusalem…and the incredible tensions we live in and out being stranded between our two homes.

Series Texts and Titles:

Revelation 21:1-5a,21:22-22:5   
All things New: The Redeemed City 

Genesis 11:1-9   
The Fallen City

Jonah 3:1-5; 4:1-11   
A Prophet to the City

Jeremiah 29:1-14
A Priestly People for the City

Here are a few songs we will use as part of our series:

All Things New (Red Mountain Music)
mp3 | leadsheet

On Jordan’s Stormy Banks (Indelible Grace)
demo – mp3 | charts

Oh, When Shall I See Jesus (Benedict arr.)
mp3 | chart

Come All Ye Pining (Red Mountain Music)
mp3 leadsheet

Then There Shall Be (Chad Gray)
mp3 | leadsheet | info

Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken
mp3
| leadsheet | capo | Sacred Harp

A few more with similar themes:

Abiding City – Sandra McCracken
God of the City – Passion
Let us Build the City of God (pdf) – Dan Schutte & John M Talbot

Here is our Community Group Study Guide (pdf)

More Resources:

Books:
Eric Jacobsen – “Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith

Tim Keller:
Buildings for Community – (pdf)
http://theresurgence.com/files/pdf/tim_keller_2005_buildings_for_community.pdf

The Missional Church – (pdf)
http://www.redeemer2.com/resources/papers/missional.pdf

The Gosple and the Poor – (blog)
http://www.thegospelcoalition.org/publications/33-3/the-gospel-and-the-poor

Reaching Your City with the Gospel (video)
http://www.vergenetwork.org/2011/06/29/tim-keller-reaching-your-city-with-the-
gospel-video/

Why Cities Matter (video)
http://adrianwarnock.com/2009/03/why-cities-matter-tim-keller/

Gospel and Culture Lectures (video)
http://www.faithandwork.org/lecture_videos_page3658.php

One thought on “Between the Garden and the City – a new sermon series

  1. I’d also recommend Watts’ “Come, We That Love the Lord” as a great city-focused call to worship / gathering song. “We’re marching up to the gates of Zion…”

    And…I’d recommend our version of that hymn. :) A mid-tempo, steady, U2-style tune: “We Have Come.”

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