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East Side Update
29 April 2012

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Steve Shaffer
Community Group Director

Steve spent his early years in Kentucky, Florida and New Jersey before moving to New York in 1995 to plant a foot in both the theater and ministry worlds. At Redeemer he's led several Community Groups, managed Redeemer's Sermon Ministry and currently helps lead the East Side Men initiative. He holds an MDiv from Princeton Theological Seminary and has served as a Community Group Director since 2006. He enjoys soaking up the NYC arts scene, spending time in the sunshine and anything on or near the water.

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Dear ,

In this past Sunday's sermon we discussed Jesus' view of the Bible from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:17-22). Curiously, it was both traditional and progressive. He was adamant that he had not come to abolish the Scriptures. Down to the smallest components of the written text, he affirmed the full authority of the Scripture for all time--a very conservative view. In what must have been a radical departure for many, however, he then declared that he had come to fulfill the Scriptures. He was saying, "I not only take the Bible seriously, I am what the entire Bible is about. I am the main subject that holds it all together and the one in whom it climaxes." The Bible isn't a collection of stories designed to inspire us to be better people. It is a unified story with a central theme: God's gracious love for a rebellious world and his redemption of it through his Son, who was anticipated in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament. Jesus isn't simply "the rest of the story". He is the point of the entire story and the key to understanding all of it. This week, as you read the Bible, let it read you too. Let it reveal specific areas in your life that highlight your need for Jesus as your Savior. And remember, God didn't give us the his Word to satisfy our curiousity or simply to download information to us, but to transform us through it and thereby provoke in us adoration for the one in whom it is fulfilled.

Blessings in Christ,

Rev. Leo Schuster


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Tue, May 8 | East Side Leaders Gathering
7:00PM | W83 Ministry Center at 150 W 83rd St

Join fellow Redeemer East Side Leaders as we reflect on our inaugural year as a congregation and look forward to the 2012-2013 ministry year. Dinner will be provided. Click HERE to RSVP.

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2:00PM-4:00PM on 2nd and 3rd Sundays Each Month | 211 E 79 St
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9:30AM (July 9-13) | W83 Ministry Center at 150 W 83rd St
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