Subject: West Side Update - February 1
February 1, 2016
Story of Renewal:
Stories of Renewal is a series of video vignettes that highlight how God is using Redeemer’s vision to write stories of gospel renewal in the lives of people in New York City.
In this story, Jordan Rice shares his story about how God brought him to plant a church in partnership with Redeemer City to City.
After the unexpected death of his late wife, Jordan wrestled with and did not understand why God would allow her to die. Through this living nightmare, Jordan realized that he had constructed his own version of God—a god who wouldn't let anything bad happen as long as you were good—and came to ultimately find the beauty of the gospel: "Life will not always give you what you want. But in every situation, in every circumstance, God is there; God is present."
Jordan found that real hope was found in knowing that God will never forsake and leave us because of Christ, and he continues to share the gospel at his church, Renaissance Church.
To watch Jordan's story, click here.
Tues, 7 to 8:15 p.m., Rm. 406
The West Side Café is an open space for seekers, skeptics and those considering Christianity to engage with and process the Christian faith. Each week will involve a short presentation and discussion addressing topics of interest and claims of the Christian faith. If you are considering the claims of Christianity, or would like to bring someone you know who is, feel free to stop by on a Tuesday evening or register to attend here.
For more info, visit redeemer.com/wscafe.
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.
In 1991, I had the privilege of participating in one of Redeemer’s short-term missions trips to Merida, Mexico, where a group of us (among other things) painted a school in a remote and rural village. I remember how, within a few days of our arrival, I stopped wearing my watch. The pace of the village, generosity of the people and, most profoundly, the time spent in service of others resulted in a liberating self-forgetfulness that stood in stark contrast to my life back in Manhattan. In short, I experienced the fruit of Jesus’ teaching that deep joy and contentment flow from giving instead of receiving.
As you may have heard yesterday in one of our West Side worship services, those opportunities are still available. So if you have any interest in participating or supporting short-term mission trips please click here. Not only are they opportunities to escape the relentlessly consumeristic and often self-centered nature of our lives in the city, but they are also opportunities to glorify God through modeling Jesus’ sacrifice in places around the globe. And you can leave your watch at home!
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ – Acts 20:35
Rev. David Bisgrove
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