As the biblical story continues, it presents us with the account of the people of Israel carried into exile from Jerusalem to the pagan and wicked city of Babylon. I believe this is the most important narrative in the Old Testament concerning God’s mission and the city, which correlates with the mission of the church in the world today. In this story, we can observe three different options regarding the relationship between the Israelite exiles and the hostile Babylonian culture:
1. The reason why the Babylonians send Israelite leade...
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...scinating picture of the New Jerusalem gives us a glimpse of how the city can look like when it is built by God and he is in the midst of it. It inspires and motivates us to participate in God’s mission, to work on developing a culture that nurtures kindness and appreciates the beauty of God’s creation, and to build a community that honors God and loves people. In the following section I am going to illustrate how the revelation of God’s missional motives concerning the city affected my personal worldview, helped me to deeper understand God’s love for humanity, fully changed my perception of the surrounding culture, and brought me personally and missionally on a different journey that I was unaware of previously. This revelation began impacting not just me personally, but my missional partners and church planters that I work with in my ministry context in Ukraine.
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