Questions to Ponder:
1. “Just take a walk around our city and you will see why it's so important to know WHO you are.” What do you enjoy about the culture of our city? What parts of Toronto culture do you struggle with?
2. “The church must be confident in WHO we are, or we will quickly find ourselves, not disciples of Jesus, but disciples of culture, evangelized by the city.” In your opinion, has the church retained its distinctiveness in the face of popular culture, or have we forgotten who we are? For you personally, have you been swallowed up by the city? In what ways?
3. “Here in Toronto there are 12,000 truths held by 6 million people.” Our city is a marketplace of ideas. How can we share our faith with others when truth is such a contested idea?
4. “Citizens could deposit their money into the safety of the temple walls, secure for the future.” Financial institutions provide a necessary service in our city, yet we can also place undue trust in them. How do your finances reflect your trust for the future? What needs to change?
5. “In this city, every day, we are confronted with the temptations of a sex-crazed culture that devalues people into objects.” How can we model a distinct approach to sexuality that stands in contrast to culture, but doesn’t come off as prudish?
Loving God, open our ears to hear your word and draw us closer to you, that the whole world may be one with you as you are one with us in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.