Happy Easter from City Life Church in Ridgewood, NY

The good news of Jesus’ resurrection is so good that we celebrate EVERY Sunday. But, if you don’t have a church to call home and you live in or near Ridgewood, NY, we would love to see you at City Life Church! Our service begins at 10:30am and we have a special children’s church for children ages 3-10 during the sermon.

EASTER | 10_30AM

On Easter Sunday, Pastor Nathan will preach on Jesus’ Last Words on the cross. If you’d like to help spread the word, save the images from this post to your computer and share them on social media.

See you Sunday!

TAKE NOTE

  • We hope to see you at City Life Church on Sunday, but we also want to share another special opportunity on Good Friday. Grace Baptist Church will be hosting a Good Friday service at 7:30pm at their location in Woodhaven, NY. You can get more information at gbcny.org.
  • CityKIDS Weekly Bible Club will not meet this Friday!
EASTER

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You’re Invited To Our First Ever Morning Service At City Life Church!

new morning service

For two years now, our church has been serving our neighbors in Ridgewood! We have given away hundreds of coats, hats, and scarves each winter. We have given tens of thousands of packs of gum, fruit snacks, and granola bars at our subway giveaways. We have provided children’s Bible clubs and after school activities. Most recently, we organized a backpack packing party where we packed 100 backpacks with school supplies to give to students at P.S. 88 in Ridgewood.

It has been our joy to serve our neighbors. We love you!

But the number one question we are asked when we meet people in our neighborhood or at our children’s programs is when will you have a morning service?

Well, the answer is: FINALLY!

Here are the details:

WHEN: Sunday, October 18th from 10:30am to 12:00pm.
WHERE: City Life Church, 61-16 68th Avenue, Ridgewood, NY 11385.
Use side entrance (follow the driveway between the house & church to the double doors)
WHO: YOU! That’s right, regardless of your background or beliefs we want to invite you to visit, watch, listen, learn, seek, and find. Oh, and bring your children! There will be a children’s program for children three to ten years old during the sermon.

*Come early and stay late for coffee and refreshments!

Want to help?

Spread the Word – Please share this event on social media, join our Facebook event page, and personally invite friends to come with you.

Join our Team – Do you know how to sing, play an instrument, run a slideshow, set up chairs, teach children, or brew coffee? There’s still time to join our church planting team! Call Nathan at 646.543.3146 or email nathan@citylifechurchnyc.com.

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Love & Hate (1 John 3:11-18)

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Sermon Summary

I. The Command

The command in verse 11 is straightforward: love one another. However, it is not that simple in practice. Before we talk about what it means, it’s important to understand the significance of this command.

Paul says in Romans 13:8, “Do not owe anyone anything, except to love one another, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.”

Why do we “owe” love to our brothers and sisters? Because Jesus commanded it in John 13:34-35: I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

We will be known as disciples of Jesus IF we have love for one another. If we don’t have love, then we will not be known as disciples, and in our passage it may even be true that we are NOT disciples.

So, loving one another is at the heart of our faith. We love because He first loved us.

II. The Contrast

In order to understand what it means to love one another, John explains what it is not. He uses the example of Cain to indicate how the world will treat us. They will desire to silence us, reject us, and even kill us for the same reason Cain killed his brother Abel: their works are evil and our works are righteous. It’s like oil and water. They don’t mix.

The world hates us, but we shouldn’t be surprised by that because the world first hated Jesus.

Today, 180 Christians die each month simply because they are Christians. Here in the US our society is growing more and more impatient with our views and seek to find ways to keep us from living out our faith publicly. Most people would prefer for us to keep our faith to ourselves, yet that runs contrary to what we believe.

So, the point of bringing this up is not that we are to show our love for one another by not murdering one another (like Cain), but instead, the point is that, even if the world threatens us to stop living our faith, we will continue loving even in the midst of hate. Romans 12:21 says, “Do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.” In light of our passage in 1 John we could also say, “Do not be conquered by hate, but conquer hate with love.” What a contrast between the hatred of the world, and the love of the church.

III. The Christ

But we still haven’t seen practically, what it means to love one another. We know it involves action and a real world demonstration but how deep does it go?

In 1 John 3:16, John tells us, This is how we have come to know love: He laid down His life for us. We should also lay down our lives for our brothers.

The demonstration of our love should be as selfless and sacrificial as Jesus’ love for us! Jesus said the same thing in John 15:12-13, ‘This is My command: Love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.”

Jesus serves as the model for how we are to love one another. We would die for our brother or sister.

IV. The Crux

We should be willing to die for one another but we should also be willing to live for one another. In fact, it might be harder to live, not for ourselves, but in sacrificial service in the church.

The crux is the point of the matter or the bottom line. It means the main thing, just like the cross (“crux” in Latin) is the point of our faith, the the bottom line of this passage is that children of God will lose their lives demonstrating their love for one another AND will live their lives demonstrating their love for one another. The cross IS the crux of the matter. It is the way Jesus demonstrated His love for us, and if we truly are in Him, then we will be willing give our lives in service to our brothers and sisters.

Our Core: Captivating Kindness (Ephesians 4:32)

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Sermon Summary

Being unkind is not something that has to be taught. Because of our selfishness and sin being unkind comes naturally to us (even as little children). As we grow up, those little unkind acts turn into larger issues: bullying, domestic violence, sex slavery, and war. The unkind actions of individuals or groups are destroying our world.

But when we see the church on mission in the New Testament, we see a kind of loving-kindness that defies belief. People truly care for one another and help each other. This kindness, especially against the backdrop of a self-destructive world, is remarkable. It is captivating because it stands out. People are in awe of the kind of love that Jesus followers show toward one another.

This kind of kindness can only come from God who showed the ultimate kindness by sending His Son Jesus to die in our place.

In Ephesians 4:32 we discovered the what, who, how, and why of kindness and also learned the following principles:

  1. Captivating kindness will be deliberate not random
  2. Captivating kindness will be towards those who hate us and not just those who love us
  3. Captivating kindness will be multi-cultural and not just mono-cultural
  4. Captivating kindness will be shown not just spoken
  5. Captivating kindness will be in Jesus’ name not our own

When we are deliberately kind and loving to others (who may or may not love us back), we can change the world. Let’s capture the attention of the people around us so that our Father may be glorified as people see the good deeds of the people of God.

  • What role did kindness (of Christians or churches) play in making you open to the message of the gospel?
  • What are some deliberate acts of kindness you can do this week to show God’s love to others.