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Zacchaeus, Urban Missions in a Nutshell (Brian Seim)

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As I, Brian Seim, have travelled to more than 150 cities around the world as SIM International’s Champion For Urban Mission I found that certain questions needed asked.

  • What’s going on in this city? (Context)
  • What is God doing in this City? (Biblical Text)
  • Can what I’m doing, look more like what God is doing? (Discernment)

As Jesus walks by the winter palace of Herod in the city of Jericho, on his way toward Jerusalem and the cross, Dr. Luke gives us that same outline and fills us in the how it works.

  • What’s going on in this city? Blindness, marginalization and corruption – sounds pretty normal, eh?
  • What is God doing in this City? Luke 18:35-19:11, on his way to die for sinners he gives sight to the blind, and space in his community for the corrupt, who then repent. These sorts of things aren’t quite normal.
  • Can what I’m doing, look more like what God is doing? Jesus tells the parable of the talents which might give insight to the church and it relationship with the simplest and cleverest people in the ‘hood.

Increasingly, urban mission is not ‘just over there’, but right here in Toronto, too. And even if we’ve been with Jesus for a long time, we can still deepen our insight and sharpen our response toward our own city and neighbourhood.