CITY TRANSFORMATION BEGINS IN TWO PLACES

While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there.

ACTS 17:16-17

In order to transform a city or nation, change must take place in two areas: the marketplace and the local church. Paul was burdened for Athens when he saw all of the idols in that great city, so he began a strategy to win the city back by reasoning with people every day in the synagogue (with Jews and God-fearing Gentiles) and also in the marketplace.
 
Old Testament records reveal that even at the time of the Temple’s construction, the foundations of a God-centered city were laid in both the marketplace and the synagogue: “He erected the pillars in the front of the temple, one to the south and one to the north. The one to the south he named Jakin and the one to the north Boaz” (2 Chronicles 3:17).
 
Jakin was a priest of the Lord and represented the spiritual foundation of the Church. Boaz represented the strength of the marketplace and its impact on the society through workplace ministers or kings.
 
God continues to move today in cities across the world through collaborative coalitions made up of priests, kings and intercessors. This is a city transformation trinity that the Holy Spirit is forming to rid our cities of idols and to restore the spiritual foundations.
 
When we begin to equip and release those in the workplace to fulfill their godly roles in business, government, media, arts/entertainment and education, we will begin to see the idols in our cities removed. Pray that God raises up godly workplace leaders who will lead with a biblical worldview.

Hillman, O. (2011). Tgif: today god is first. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell.


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