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City Blog: January 2014 — December 2014

October 06, 2014

Looking back to look ahead

Benjamin Spalink
In Joshua 4, Joshua commands the Israelites to build a stone monument beside the Jordan river to remind future generations of Israelites of the incredible saving acts of God in their history.  At this place, God brought the Israelite through the river on dry ground.  Monuments to remind us of God's powerful acts in the past are important for a couple reasons. First of all, they say things about who God was, and by extension, who God is now. Flourishing in ministry requires an ongoing confidence and trust in God, who has done great things and ...
September 17, 2014

Get Involved

Benjamin Spalink
The best companies spend much time training their employees, sharing their values, and helping them to understand their culture.  Apple, for example, teaches sales associates the nuances of Apple-style customer service.  Knowing the culture and expectations helps employees know how to fit in and help the organization achieve its aims. Taking a page from the employee orientation playbook, I wanted to share with you a little bit about the culture of City Grace Grace and how you can plug in to the community.  When it comes to our regular ...
September 08, 2014

Mission, Vision and Values

Benjamin Spalink
The mission of City Grace is to share the life that is truly life. Through worship, discipleship, fellowship and mission, we seek to embrace this life together and to lead others into it.  In worship, we celebrate Jesus’ victory over sin and death and worship the God who calls us into intimacy with himself.  Through discipleship, we encourage a lifestyle of faith and repentance. We empower each other to live out our callings in the city.  As we share our lives together in true fellowship we enjoy the encouragement, community and love of the ...
September 03, 2014

New to New York? Church Shop. Then Settle.

Benjamin Spalink
Whether you're an incoming freshman or moving to New York for work, the temptation is to spend the next year visiting different churches.  No doubt you'll check out Redeemer and Hillsong.  You might attend for a while, then realize you want something a little more manageable in terms of size.  So then you'll shop around, visiting other churches. You won't get plugged in anywhere because you'll never be at one place long enough to actually get to know people.  A year will go by, maybe two, and you'll realize you still don't have a church home....
August 27, 2014

Baptism Testimony - Cancha

Below is the testimony that Cancha gave at her baptism on August 27th, 2014: "God has always been reaching out to me, even though I didn’t always see it. As a child, I had a basic belief in God. I knew He existed and He created life, but that was about it. Even though my family wasn’t Christian, I had a childhood best friend who would bring me to church. I would go to church with her to be polite, but in my mind, God was far away in the heavens somewhere. Too far for me to experience. As I grew older, God continued to work in my life. In ...
August 15, 2014

City Grace making steps towards full organization

Benjamin Spalink
Six years since our first public launch service, City Grace is nearly ready to be declared a fully organize church within the Christian Reformed denomination.  This is a significant milestone in the life of City Grace, as it represents a real move towards stability, adequate internal leadership, financial sustainability, and spiritual authority. Upon approval of Classis Hudson, City Grace will no longer be a "church plant!"  See the linked document of the official request to Classis Hudson, and join with us in praising God for bringing us to ...
January 17, 2014

Missional Communities

Benjamin Spalink
An idea has been stirring at City Grace.  What would you think about a group of 15-30 people, who instead of just coming to church, lived out being the church in community, using their unique talents and skills to seek God's kingdom in tangible ways in the city?  If that sounds more like church to you, then you may be interested in learning more about what we're doing at City Grace. We're a small church, but throughout scripture God has used bands of small groups to accomplish great purposes.  Gideon had 10,000 soldiers lined up, but God ...

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