New York, New York (2009 Open Forum) – Gospel in Life

New York, New York (2009 Open Forum)

Tim Keller |  October 25, 2009

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  • Cities
  • The Church (Unity, Fellowship, Leadership)
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Open Forums are specifically designed for skeptics or those wrestling with the claims of Christianity. Each Open Forum included a brief concert by guest artists followed by a talk and open mic Q&A with Timothy Keller. This audio recording includes the talk only.

1. Cities are unique

Cities, with their bustling streets and diverse populations, are always moving and changing. They have everything you need close by and help people feel connected. Some people prefer quieter suburbs, but they might miss out on the rich culture and lively atmosphere of city life. Cities embrace all kinds of people and jobs, making them an attractive place to live.

2. Cities are a mix of good and bad

Places like New York show us the best and worst of humanity. They draw in talented people, but can also breed violence and greed. Even with their flaws, cities give us a chance to grow, learn from different people, and strive for the best. However, city life can lead to feelings of loneliness, ruthless competition, and an unhealthy focus on material possessions, which can hide the real joys in life.

3. The city is where we’re headed

More and more people are expected to live in cities in the future. The Bible tells us how important cities are and how God wants Christians to help make them better places. Jesus’s sacrifice in the city of Jerusalem shows us that we’re all citizens of the ultimate city, the New Jerusalem. This helps us appreciate the ups and downs of city life.



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