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Welcome to the Church of the City Podcast. Church of the City New York is a church community passionate about making disciples who "practice the way of Jesus together for the renewal of the city." We believe in the authority and power of the scriptures to shape our communal life and practice, as we seek to teach God's word with clarity and conviction. Most of the teaching in our community is done by Pastor Jon Tyson and our teaching team. We have both morning and evening services and meet in ...
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This week, Pastor Jon Tyson and Pastor Suzy Silk wrapped up our sermon series on Controversial Faith with a Q&A to answer some of the common questions and objections skeptics and seekers have regarding Jesus, the Scriptures, and living as a Christian in our modern world. Pastor Jon framed this time with 1 Peter 3:15-16, and claimed it is more impor…
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This Sunday, Pastor Jon continued our Controversial Faith series with a teaching on Biblical sexuality. We live in sexually confusing and chaotic times, and as we begin to examine the effects the secular sexual ethic has on individuals and our culture at large, instead of flourishing, we find decay, pain, and brokenness. However, we are called to h…
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This Sunday Pastor Suzy Silk continued our Controversial Faith series by asking the question: How can a good God allow evil and suffering in the world? The tension between the sovereignty of God and the realities of suffering often hold people back from experiencing and accepting the person of Jesus, or eventually drive people away from Him. In an …
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This Sunday, Pastor Jon Tyson continued our series on Controversial Faith with a message on how we, as Christians, should engage with politics. As people of God, we can participate in politics with eschatological hope and humble conviction instead of despair. Ultimately, we pray, vote, protest, and practice principled pluralism because we know the …
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This Sunday, Pastor Suzy Silk continued our series on Controversial Faith with a teaching on why we can trust the Bible. Translated into 698 languages, the Bible is the best-selling and most influential book in world history, and is worth reading based on these merits alone. Pastor Suzy then provided context on why the Bible is different from all o…
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This Sunday, Pastor Jon kicked off our new series on Controversial Faith by addressing Jesus’ scandalous exclusivity. The claim, “Jesus is Lord”, has been highly contested throughout history, and it is no different today. However, as His followers, we must acknowledge our own sinfulness, lead with with gentleness and respect when sharing our belief…
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This Easter Sunday, Pastor Jon taught about how we come to believe in the resurrection from the story of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus from Luke 24. Believing in the resurrection of Jesus is a key belief for salvation, and the Apostle Paul goes so far as to say that if Christ has not been raised from the dead, then our faith is useless an…
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This Sunday, Pastor Suzy Silk closed out our sermon series on the Seven Deadly Sins with a teaching on envy. A prohibition against coveting, or envy, is included in the Ten Commandments, because it is a slippery slope that begins in our thoughts and quickly leads to death. Holy Week reminds us that Jesus Himself demonstrated costly trust and costly…
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This Sunday, Pastor Ralph Castillo continued our Lenten series on the Seven Deadly Sins with a teaching on pride. Our current culture has a way of turning vices into virtues and praising disordered loves, making it difficult to identify pride, and can result in practicing righteousness as a way of being seen and honored by others. However, when we …
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This Sunday, Pastor Jon Tyson continued our Lenten series over the Seven Deadly Sins by exploring the often unnoticed dangers of sloth. Originally, the Desert Father’s understanding of sloth was less akin to laziness and more in line with acedia: spiritual resistance to spiritual progress. As followers of Jesus, we must push back against the spirit…
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This Sunday, Pastor Tim Brown unpacked the destructive power of wrath as part of our Lenten series on the Seven Deadly Sins. Anger often signals us to something that is wrong or unjust, but when we express our anger through violence or scorn, we lose God’s heart for ourselves and for others, and allow wrath to rage in our lives. However, Jesus call…
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This week, Pastor Jon Tyson continued our sermons series on the Seven Deadly Sins with a teaching on the destructive power of lust, and how Jesus calls us to become people of love and integrity in Him. Although we can lust over things like money and power, in Matthew 5, Jesus addresses lust in the context of strong sexual desire. Pastor Jon urged u…
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This week, Pastor Suzy Silk continued our sermon series on the Seven Deadly Sins with a teaching on gluttony versus living a Spirit-filled life. We often end up over-consuming when we seek comfort and pleasure outside of intimacy with God. However, the Lord longs to satisfy our deepest desires with Himself, and calls us to a life full of His Spirit…
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This Sunday, Pastor Jon Tyson closed out our Leverage series with a teaching on leveraging our money for the Kingdom and how we should have a vision for giving. Developing a vision and theology of giving is essential to our spiritual maturity and discipleship. We need a Godward view of giving, remembering that all we have has been given to us by Go…
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This Sunday, Pastor Jon Tyson continued our Leverage series with a teaching on leveraging our love and the importance of an “undivided heart” from Psalm 86. There will always be a temptation to withhold part of our heart from God, but we were created to remain in His love. When we humble ourselves to learn how to fear His name and rely on His faith…
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This Sunday, Pastor Jon Tyson continued our January sermon series, Leverage, with a teaching on how we can leverage our time for the glory of God. While the modern world is riddled with deceptive mindsets and mechanisms created to steal and waste our time, God calls us to be conscious stewards of our time, and aim to live in our current seasons wit…
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This Sunday, Pastor Suzy Silk continued our January teaching series, Leverage, with a teaching on leveraging our spiritual gifts for the Kingdom of God. We are each given one life, but often don’t know how to live in ways that are honoring to God. We might end up wasting, or wrongly using our lives, but as followers of Jesus, we can actually live a…
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This Sunday, Pastor Jon kicked off our January sermon series, Leverage, which is centered on the idea of living a life free of regret and fully leveraged for the Kingdom of God. Regret is a distinctly human feeling, and Pastor Jon laid out how regret happens, the real life consequences that cause regret, how we can avoid regret, and how regret can …
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Welcome to Church of the City New York’s Advent Devotionals. Jesus was good news in the First Century, and He is still good news today. In the Christmas stories recounted in Scripture, people always responded to Jesus with amazement and praise. This response came from deep longings and heartbreak being met with God breaking in to fulfill His promis…
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Welcome to Church of the City New York’s Advent Devotionals. Jesus was good news in the First Century, and He is still good news today. In the Christmas stories recounted in Scripture, people always responded to Jesus with amazement and praise. This response came from deep longings and heartbreak being met with God breaking in to fulfill His promis…
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Welcome to Church of the City New York’s Advent Devotionals. Jesus was good news in the First Century, and He is still good news today. In the Christmas stories recounted in Scripture, people always responded to Jesus with amazement and praise. This response came from deep longings and heartbreak being met with God breaking in to fulfill His promis…
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This week, Pastor Suzy Silk continued our Advent series, Resound, with a teaching on Mary’s Song recorded in Luke. The accounts of the Christmas story given in Luke’s Gospel are intentionally noted as eye witness accounts, establishing the story of Jesus’ birth as historical fact, not fable or fiction. His approach invites us to receive the Good Ne…
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Welcome to Church of the City New York’s Advent Devotionals. Jesus was good news in the First Century, and He is still good news today. In the Christmas stories recounted in Scripture, people always responded to Jesus with amazement and praise. This response came from deep longings and heartbreak being met with God breaking in to fulfill His promis…
  continue reading
 
Welcome to Church of the City New York’s Advent Devotionals. Jesus was good news in the First Century, and He is still good news today. In the Christmas stories recounted in Scripture, people always responded to Jesus with amazement and praise. This response came from deep longings and heartbreak being met with God breaking in to fulfill His promis…
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