Transformed by the Gospel.
Transforming the world.
As a church of Jesus Christ, JOY Manhattan exists to be transformed by the Gospel and to serve New York City so that through it the world can be transformed by the Gospel socially, spiritually and culturally.
In order to form communities of disciplers, we are going to be a...
Worshipping church. Intimacy.
Welcoming church. Community.
Work-out-the-Word in the workplace & world church. Calling.
WHY We exist: Our story
Our church's name is called "JOY" because, to our surprise, joy is what God feels towards anyone who turns towards Him.
We all chose to painfully reject God in our lives. We all chose to make our own happiness apart from God our highest priority. But when we admit this, ask God to forgive us and return to God to make him the center of our lives then he rejoices over us. He welcomes us home as his beloved child and He directs everyone in his household, "Let's have a feast and celebrate!"
Jesus tells this 'Prodigal Sons' story in the book of Luke chapter 15 to reveal the astonishing character of God. This story illustrates the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ. Elsewhere we discover that Father God's pardoning love was at the immense cost of His Son, Jesus. Jesus lived a perfect life of obedience to the Father. Yet he gave his life as a sacrifice for our sins, taking the punishment and death each of us owed so that we could be welcomed home. When we believe in Jesus, our sins are paid for by his death and his perfect life record is transferred to us.
This grace and mercy changes us from the inside out. We rejoice. We are humbled that we owe everything to God. We want to center everything in our lives to please God. The Gospel changes everything in our lives. We can't help but want to introduce our city to the life-changing power of God's mercy and truth.
So this is why we exist. This Gospel has become our story. This is our identity. This is 'the why' and the reason for how and what we do.
20 ...But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. 23 And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate...
Experience God's joy over you!