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Thursday, September 17, 2015

#96 The Rules for City Taking

C. Peter Wagner: "Growing consensus among Christian leaders is that the most strategic geographical area for the evangelization of a 
nation is the city.

Two of those who have been clearly bringing this to our attention are John Dawson and Floyd McClung.

The titles of their books, Taking Our Cities for God and Seeing the City with the Eyes of God respectively, reflect his insight.

Dawson sees the cities as the mind and heart of a nation. He says.

    'A nation is the sum of its cities." (Taken from Taking Our 
    Cities for God, p. 35)

McClung says,

    'Cities are the mountain peaks of society; trends, ideologies
    and fashions are born in the fermenting cauldron of city life
    and then flow down and out to influence the populace.' 
    (Taken from Seeing the City with the Eyes of God, p. 9)

Roger Greenway, and urban missiologist, in a recent review of these two books admits that traditional evangelicals should take note. He says,

    'Perhaps we have drifted, in practice if not in theory, from 
     the biblical world view that takes a personal devil seriously 
     and defines warfare against the active forces of darkness.' 
     (in his "book Review,' Evangelical Mission Quarterly
     Oct.1991, p. 430)

Thinking Strategically...

As I have mentioned several times, the ultimate focus of this book, 
Warfare Prayer, is world evangelization. Warfare prayer is not an end in itself, but a means of opening the way for the kingdom of God to come, not only in evangelism, but also in social justice and material sufficiency..."

(This thought will be continued with Thursday's post,Thinking Strategically). 

(Google image and emphasis added)

#96  The Rules for City Taking
By C. Peter Wagner
(pp. 161-163) Regal Books


I ask for intuition concerning my "city".
May we develop an effective praying plan,
for what You want to be accomplished.
As we gather for
 various meetings in and
around our churches, may we hear from You.
Teach us to discern the best means of 
praying for the success of tearing down 
the strongholds of the evil one.
I ask this in the precious Name of Jesus.

Today’s Bible verse: Ecc. 5:2 "Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter anything before God: for God is in heaven and thou upon earth: Therefore let thy words be few."

Today’s quote: Cynthia Hyle Bezek - "Like so many wannabe prayer warriors, I was under the impression that prayer was talking at God, telling him everything He needed to fix in the world. But that kind of "prayer" is exhausting, and, to tell the truth, it's not much fun." (Taken from p.37 of Come Away With Me, Pray! Magazine's Guide to Prayer Retreats).

Some thoughts today: There will not be one person in heaven who deserved to be there! We will all have been allowed in who trusted Jesus' Atonement on the cross of Calvary. No exceptions!

~ God looks through the lens of justification (salvation in through Jesus Christ), to see the sanctification that's going on in each of our lives, which brings us into union with Him.

~ Sanctification is the process of eliminating imperfections and worts in us as His children. Much like parents work on teaching their children their various family rules, regulations and values.

19th- Saturday’s post:  My Mother Always Said...
Hope Finchbaugh
20th- Sunday evening's post:  Martyrs
James H. Cagle
22nd- Tuesday's post:  #97  Thinking Strategically
C. Peter Wagner
24th- Thursday's post:  #98  #1 Rule: The Area 
C. Peter Wagner

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