Subject: West Side Update — June 26
26 June 2016
Thank you, leaders and volunteers!
On the West Side, we have # volunteers and leaders that faithfully serve our congregation and city:
Across four Sunday services and throughout the week, our volunteers and leaders make God's love through the gospel known to our congregation and the city. Last Monday, June 20, we celebrated them and thanked God for them at our final West Side Ministry Summit.
The West Side Café will resume again in the fall.
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. 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.
I have been reading through the Book of Numbers and was recently struck by a phrase Moses used when faced with yet another uprising during the long journey from Egypt to Canaan. When a privileged group of Levites and leaders voiced their displeasure with their lot in life, Moses replied “Isn’t it enough?” (Numbers 16:9). In other words, he’s saying, “God rescued you from slavery, put you in charge of the ark, gave you authority over large aspects of the community. And it still it isn’t enough?” The phrase shined a light into my own restless and ungrateful heart, which must leave God routinely wondering, “Isn’t it enough?”
“Isn’t it enough that I sent my Son to die for you? Isn’t it enough that I poured my Spirit into your heart? Isn’t it enough that I placed you in a new family and gave you ‘hope and and a future?'" (Jeremiah 29:11).
Meditating on Moses’ challenge has reminded me that despite living in an age of unbridled consumption and comfort, we are no more content than our ancient counterparts. In fact Socrates wrote something that is as applicable today as it was when he wrote it, that “he who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.” There is only one antidote to this restlessness: meditating on the cross of Jesus. For it is Christ’s sacrificial death that decenters us, shifting the focus off of our needs and onto the needs of those around us. That is the peace we need and one that transcends understanding (Philippians 4:7).
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. - Philippians 4:11
Rev. David Bisgrove
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