Subject: West Side Update - September 21
September 21, 2015
Redeemer City to City Sunday is this Sunday, and we are excited to meet global leaders who are in New York to train with CTC. Today's West Side Story features Femi, who will be planting a church in Lagos, Nigeria.
My name is Femi. I also happen to be Nigerian. No, I have not sent you any recent emails nor do I have a stash of millions of dollars in cash somewhere only needing a few hundred bucks to unlock it. Yes, I speak and laugh considerably loudly and I tend to pronounce vowel sounds with my mouth wide open.
I am madly in love with and happily married to Tosin. She’s awesome –most times. We have a little son called Tofunmi. He also happens to be the most outgoing person I know, and he is still only 3! We love him to bits. Above all though, I am a sinner saved and transformed by the scandalous and stupendous grace of our Triune God.
As far as I can clearly discern, I consciously and consistently began walking with the Lord in early 2005. This was following a young adult camp organised by my former church in Lagos, Nigeria. The year following that period was nothing short of constant spiritual renewal and bliss. Until March 2015, for seven and a half years, I lived in Manchester, UK, where I studied (a lot), made a whole bunch of friends (whom I sorely miss), and was part of a wonderful church called Holy Trinity Platt. It was also in Manchester that I had a radical change in my theology and was captured by a vision to see a gospel revival in Lagos through gospel-centred urban church planting.
We’ve now relocated to Lagos and are looking to launch our church plant by August 2016. The future fills us with both trepidation and excitement. We are terrified because of the scale of the work involved, in comparison to our very obvious frailties and finitude. However, we’re tremendously excited because we serve a very, very big God who sometimes moves in very, very big ways to achieve his very, very big plans. Thus our prayer for Lagos is: “Do it again, Lord! Do it again.”
You can help Femi and other global leaders by giving to the CTC Special Offering on this Sunday, September 27. To learn more, visit redeemercitytocity.com/rpc.
As a church of Jesus Christ, Redeemer exists to help build a great city for all people through a movement of the gospel that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, to the world.
My wife and I recently watched the first episode of the Ken Burns documentary on New York City, reminding us of the unique role this city played over the years as a gateway to the world. Currently, and for the first time in history, more than 50% of the world’s population lives in a city—and studies suggest that number will grow to 75% by 2050. Countries see their populations migrate at an increasing rate from rural communities to urban hubs and the 70th UN General Assembly now underway remind us that global cities like New York are the places where the policies, politics, industry, art and values of the world are reflected and shaped.
From the beginning, a critical aspect of Redeemer’s vision has been to renew the broader culture with the gospel. And that the most effective way to achieve this is to start new churches, where people can meet Christ and be renewed themselves, in cities like New York because cities are where culture is actually formed. To learn more about this aspect of our vision, listen to this Tim Keller talk entitled "Why to Plant Churches."
Redeemer City to City is the organization that seeks to make renewal of global cities a reality—not just in NYC but around the world—by supporting and training potential church planters, and creating content. Each fall, not only do delegates from around the world arrive for the UN General Assembly, but dozens of church planters from different parts of the globe come to NYC to receive training from the CTC and Redeemer teams.
This spring, I was able to travel as part of a training team to Tokyo and Seoul to share insights from Redeemer with men and women that are shaping the movement of the gospel in their cities. This coming Sunday you will get to meet and hear a bit from some church planters training in NYC this fall, and we’ve included a video on the work in Tokyo to give you a sense of what God is doing in different corners of His world.
The Lord is exalted over all the nations, his glory above the heavens. Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sits enthroned on high. – Psalm 113:4-5In Christ,
Rev. David Bisgrove
Yesterday, 15 communicants and adults took their membership vows, and four infants were baptized. We continue to celebrate the body that God is building in our congregation and invite you to consider making the commitment to become a member of Redeemer. The first step is to attend Intro to Redeemer, which will be on Thursday, October 1 at 7 p.m., and you can register to attend here.
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Morris Academy Mentors // Mentor High School Students in the Bronx
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"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me." - John 17:20-21
"People are used to thinking about prayer as a means to get their personal needs met. However, we should understand prayer as a means to praise and adore God, to know him, to come into his presence and be changed by him. We need to better learn how to pray, repent and petition God as a people." from "Kingdom-Centered Prayer." For the full article, click here.
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