Subject: West Side Update – January 13
January 13, 2014
“My early reaction was that it couldn’t work,” says Colin Toney, of being a Christian in finance. “Finance was an ungodly career path, so I should quit my job and do something else,” was his initial thinking. “But I liked finance and didn’t want to quit.”
Colin has lived in New York and attended Redeemer for four years. He moved to NYC for a finance job, planning to stay for two years, max. But after joining a Community Group, Colin built strong friendships, decided to stay in NYC, and had to decide whether his job could be a long-term one.
One Sunday, Colin heard Tim Keller say that Christians in predominantly non-Christian industries have an opportunity to serve those who might never come to church or listen to a sermon. “This simple message completely changed my perspective,” says Colin. “I knew I should be kind and supportive of people at the office, but serving others had never been the primary purpose of my work — especially given the unspoken but real pressure to compete and be the best.”
Colin got involved in several Center for Faith & Work events and classes and began changing how he went about his work. “I started showing interest in people’s lives, and I discovered they were interesting,” says Colin. “I started asking what they liked and didn’t like about work, and worked with them to try to make those things better. And I felt drawn to training junior people, so I took over the firm’s training programs.”“Now when I think about the gospel and God’s plan for the renewal of all things, I have no trouble believing that finance will be redeemed,” says Colin. “Because, instead of dwelling on the industry’s challenges and its well-earned stereotypes, I’m thinking about colleagues and clients — people with names and stories, just normal people who are imperfect like the rest of us.”
As a church of Jesus Christ, Redeemer exists to help build a great city for all people through a gospel movement that brings personal conversion, community formation, social justice and cultural renewal to New York City and, through it, to the world.
This is a time of year when many of us are sorting through priorities and setting new habits that we hope will lead to fruitful results in our lives in 2014. Those priorities range from nutritional and exercise routines to vocational reassessment. As a pastor I’m often asked about ways to approach a more disciplined schedule of Bible reading and prayer. Of course one way to answer that question is that given the average person reads 200 to 250 words per minute and that there are about 775,000 words in the Bible, you could read the whole Bible in a year by setting aside 10 minutes a day. Of course most of us need a more proactive and thoughtful plan, so I’ve listed a few below that might be helpful:
These and more can be found here.
The key of course is the same as any discipline that Nike has made famous — pick a plan and “Just do it!”
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither — whatever they do prospers. (Psalm 1:1–3)
Rev. David Bisgrove
January is Missions Month
Sunday, January 19 and 26, W83
Interested in Redeemer City to City short-term missions? Come along to the 5th floor coffee hour the next two Sundays after the services and meet alumni of past trips. They will answer questions and share information about upcoming trips for 2014.
WS Families: Come pack homeless care kits!
Update your account info for 2014
Here are a few highlighted opportunities from Hope for New York to serve over the next couple weeks. As always, you can check their Volunteer page for a full list of opportunities.
100 West Siders for Don't Walk By
Deliver meals to homebound elderly in UWS
Treat pregnant or parenting teens to spa night
Calling all 5th and 6th graders!
Sundays, 11:30AM service, W83, Room 407
We’ve got an awesome program just for you: Club 56 is designed for students to encounter the life-changing message of Jesus and to grow in their faith alongside their peers and committed volunteer leaders. Questions? Email Bethany at email@example.com.
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