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Welcome to the podcast of Redeemer West Side. Our church is located on Manhattan's Upper West Side where we are living out the sacred call by Jesus to love our neighbors and heal our city.
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Upside-down Kingdom

Upside-down Kingdom

2024-06-1035:21

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE | James 4:11-5:6What are the dangers of power and wealth for those who follow Jesus? The world’s values and God’s kingdom values are reversed. He challenges us to prioritize God's kingdom over worldly possessions and consider the ethical use of our wealth. This is more than wise stewardship, but using wealth as a power for the sake of goodness toward others. This passage informs our society’s questions about wealth and prestige, which applies to our city which is based on th...
Submission to God

Submission to God

2024-06-0340:42

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE | James 4:4-10How does God relate to us, and how do we relate to him? James describes the relational aspect of submission to God, emphasizing the need to resist worldly desires and draw near to God. Following Jesus is not abstractly knowing him but putting one's life under his leadership with humility and repentance. God sees, loves, and lifts us as we draw closer to him.
Portrait of Maturity

Portrait of Maturity

2024-05-2835:45

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE | James 3:13-4:3What does a mature follower of Jesus look like? This section shows a picture of someone whose beauty and goodness are genuine. In a city of manufactured self-image, James gives us an alternative personhood based on the gospel. The result is someone who can make peace and avoid conflict because they have everything they need.
Taming the Tongue

Taming the Tongue

2024-05-1334:45

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE | James 3:1-18 How much do my words matter? Our culture examines every tweet, every statement, and even silence. Examining the power of our words according to this passage, we see how James emphasizes the responsibility that comes with our speech. Our communication flows out of our heart orientation and so we are to use our words to build up, encourage, and reflect the grace of God. This passage is practical for today’s intense and angry public culture.
Faith and Deeds

Faith and Deeds

2024-05-0633:29

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE | James 2:14-26 What is the connection between what we believe and what we do? This passages dives into the complex but inseparable link between faith and works. James challenges Christians to manifest their faith through active engagement, illustrating how genuine faith transforms our lives and impacts the world. A faith without impact is not genuine.
Equal Under Mercy

Equal Under Mercy

2024-04-2938:21

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE | James 1:27-2:13If everyone is shown mercy by God, then how can we withhold mercy? This passage confronts the church for showing favoritism within their community. James challenges us to confront and overcome biases, superiority, judgment, and pride, reflecting God's impartial love for all. Living this way is not merely morally right, but strikes at the heart of the gospel.
Listening to His Voice

Listening to His Voice

2024-04-2243:40

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE | James 1:19-26How does a person learn from and live like Jesus? James explores the concept of heavenly wisdom versus earthly wisdom. This passage emphasizes the importance of seeking and applying God's wisdom in decision-making, relationships, and daily life.
Joy in Trials

Joy in Trials

2024-04-1534:38

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE | James 1:2-4,9-18 How does trouble help us? Delving into the paradox of finding joy in the midst of trials, this passage encourages Christians to embrace challenges as opportunities for growth. James recognizes how time, grace, and endurance refines and strengthens our faith. Testing and trials come from within and without our soul.
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE | James 1:1-8How does a Christian experience life under a new faith? Examining James' foundational message and his background, this passage challenges Christians to follow Jesus through tangible deeds, illustrating the transformative power of authentic faith. That faith depends on an external wisdom and strength.
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE | Isaiah 53:4-6, 25:6-9All of the forgiveness and mercy we need and long to share come from one source. The death and resurrection of Jesus provide the healing that the world needs. His wounds are his people’s life. His suffering is their salvation. The true story of the resurrection is the downpayment on the promises of everlasting joy.
King of Love

King of Love

2024-03-2538:57

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE | John 12:12-19 John witnessed the triumphant entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, fulfilling the prophecy of the Messiah riding in humility on a donkey. The crowd welcomes Him with shouts of "Hosanna," recognizing Him as the long-awaited King. The significance of Jesus' entry, not as a conquering earthly king but as the Prince of Peace, brings salvation and inaugurates a kingdom of grace and redemption.
Peacemakers

Peacemakers

2024-03-1829:21

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE | Matthew 5:2-11In the Beatitudes, Jesus delivers a profound teaching on the characteristics of those blessed by God. He pronounces blessings upon the poor in spirit, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, and those persecuted for righteousness' sake. These verses redefine blessedness, highlighting Jesus’ humility, compassion, righteousness, and perseverance in the Kingdom of God.
Restoring

Restoring

2024-03-1137:53

The gospel of Jesus creates a restorative community. The Apostle Paul instructs the Galatian church to restore and support one another with a spirit of gentleness when facing moral failures. He emphasizes the principle of sowing and reaping, encouraging them to invest in the Spirit by persistently engaging in acts of kindness and righteousness. The passage underscores the importance of perseverance in doing what is right and extending grace to all, especially within the church community.
Extending Forgiveness

Extending Forgiveness

2024-03-0441:55

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE | Matthew 18:15-17,21-22; 7:3-5, 5:23-24 Jesus instructs his followers to forgive not just seven times, but seventy-seven times, emphasizing the limitless and boundless nature of forgiveness within the Christian community. Jesus' teaching underscores the transformative power of forgiveness, encouraging his disciples to extend grace generously and continually, mirroring the unending forgiveness they have received from God.
Uncovered

Uncovered

2024-02-2635:10

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE | Isaiah 55:7:Psalm 32:1-7Isaiah calls for repentance and turning to the Lord, emphasizing God's abundant mercy and willingness to pardon those who forsake their wicked ways. Psalm 32 reflects the joy and freedom of those whose sins are forgiven. Together, these passages convey a message of divine mercy, forgiveness, and the transformative power of turning to God in repentance. Transparency before God brings freedom.
Faithful and Just

Faithful and Just

2024-02-2032:37

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE | 1 John 1:7-10; 2:1John emphasizes the transformative power of walking in the light of God's truth. He underscores the cleansing nature of Christ's blood, highlighting the importance of acknowledging our sins and seeking forgiveness for a restored relationship with God. The passage also encourages Christians to live authentically, acknowledging their need for continual repentance and dependence on the advocacy of Jesus Christ as the righteous mediator before God. For Christ...
Our Love

Our Love

2024-02-1245:50

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE | Romans 8:31-39The high watermark of Romans 8 (and New Testament theology) is found in these verses, reminding the followers of Jesus that what protects and assures them is God’s love. Here the trinitarian love of Father, Son and Spirit explodes in waves of assurance, joy and power. The trials of life cannot overcome the victory of the Christian, for death has been defeated and, coming full circle, these bones can live. The resurrection of Jesus is ours, b...
Our Help

Our Help

2024-02-0540:55

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE | Romans 8:18-30Suffering and glory are linked in the Christian life, as they are linked in Christ’s life. Martyn Lloyd-Jones argues that glorification (v30) is God’s ultimate goal for his children. That is, that they would experience “full and complete deliverance from sin and evil…in body, soul and spirit.” So God is working “all things” to bring that about, including suffering and weakness. The Spirit assures and empowers us as Christians wait, praying with and for us as ...
Our Identity

Our Identity

2024-01-2937:11

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE | Romans 8:12-17One of the main challenges of faithfully following Jesus is experiencing subjectively what is true of Christians objectively. Perhaps no greater experience is the Holy Spirit helping us experience that we are sons and daughters of God, adopted into his family with unlimited access to his care, wisdom, compassion and protection. The passage speaks to the fear faced when our identity is fragile. JI Packer writes that a Christian’s apprehension of this identity ...
Our Freedom

Our Freedom

2024-01-2237:41

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE | Romans 8:1-13Romans 8 is a rich reservoir of the implications and assurances of following Jesus, and the Holy Spirit central to the chapter's richness. We will spend four weeks working through the chapter finding assurance and hope to live out our vision in 2024. This first sermon will explore how the Spirit sets us from sin and death, assuring Christians that “there is no condemnation”, a fact that is experienced as followers of Jesus set their minds on what t...
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