WS Update: Local and Global

July 31, 2023

In New York City, it can be easy for us to become so engrossed in our daily personal lives that we lose sight of the larger picture. It is crucial for us, as a church, to remember our role and impact within this city. We are called to love our neighbors and heal our city with the gospel of Christ. 

Our actions, both as individuals and as a congregation, can profoundly affect the lives of those around us. During July, as we’ve looked at the church’s history over the past 2000 years, one lesson is that small actions of faithful living have sometimes led to centuries of vast change. No one could have predicted Francis Xavier’s missionary zeal, Yi Gwang-jeong’s boldness in disseminating Christian books in Korea, or William Wilberforce’s unrelenting work to end slavery. Those historic examples and their results remind us that while God has called us to live here, the Spirit will guide our mission.

We must also recognize that Redeemer West Side is a small part of the global Christian community. Christianity knows no geographical boundaries; it transcends continents, languages, and cultures. It is now a faith that unites believers across the world. In the grand tapestry of God’s plan, our little corner of the world is not the only important corner. Understanding this global perspective allows us to learn from and support our brothers and sisters in Christ from diverse backgrounds. 

As we strive to be the hands and feet of Jesus in New York, we must also keep our hearts open to the challenges Christians face in other parts of the world. One of the best ways to learn is by connecting to the thousands of small outpost churches in the city representing hundreds of languages and cultures. Through our prayers and support, we can extend our reach far beyond the city and contribute to the growth and well-being of the global church. Redeemer City to City is one of the best ways for us to engage with the international urban Christian community.

The great commission, “Go and make disciples of all nations,” includes connecting and sharing Christ’s love with our brothers and sisters globally. We’re all disciples, following his teachings, and now we’re called to be disciple-makers together.

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