I am the Way, the Truth and the Life - Jesus
To be Soul for the City, that's what we decided, should be our Vision for St Peters. I have just come back to this recently and realized that we have not been talking a lot about it, so I thought it would be good to revisit it.
The first things that Soul for the City means to me is, bringing the life-transforming message of Jesus Christ to the City of Tauranga. Surely, that's what we are all about. Jesus came that we might have life and life in abundance, let's keep telling that good news.
Secondly, I think Soul for the City refers to compassion for our city, and for those who struggle in our city. I hope that when people see that blue cross it continues to mean here is a hospital for my spirit, if I'm feeling low here are some people who care. I think we have some first class workers and volunteers across St Peters Church and St Peters House who work every day to make that vision a reality.
Thirdly, there is a verse in Jeremiah where God is talking to the exiles and telling them that it is not yet time to come home to the Promised Land. He is telling them to make the best of the place that they are living now. You probably know the verse Jeremiah 29.7 "Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you in exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper." I think God is calling us to help make this City a good place to live and raise a family. To engage with health and education, with the council and businesses to make this a good city because we care about the welfare of its people.
I think Andrew's wonderful seminar on the Aging Brain fits into our Vision, helping people understand and care for those suffering with Dementia is surely part of bringing soul to our city (Just think what a soulless city would be like.) I think our engagement with the local MP's is another example of showing our concern to see Godly values feed into the way that our city is governed, and I think our iGirlz and ICONZ and the Life Skills course are brilliant examples of ways to sow 'Shalom' into the lives of people in our community.
How do you think we can provide, Soul for the City?
Author: Simon McLeay
Date Published: June 2019