Welcome Message from Pastor Bruce

When I started to serve at The Remnant Presbyterian Church (TRPC) in the late 1990s, I noticed the college students in this congregation hungered and desired to see God move in deeper ways beyond what they had already experienced. While their hunger was deep, key elements for their spiritual growth were missing. For instance, they lacked the proper understanding of God, the passion for worship, strong discipleship, and a community that can keep them accountable. I also realized they were like sheep without a shepherd.

As my time at TRPC came to an end, I had the option to pastor a church in the South or in Boston. This was during a time when I was really wrestling with my future and felt unqualified to minister to people. It was a dark time, and the last thing I wanted to do was lead a brand new congregation. God met me despite my inadequacies and reinforced the convictions He placed in me. After spending a week praying and fasting, God confirmed and reaffirmed my call to ministry. When I returned from that personal retreat, TRPC gave me the blessing to plant Remnant Westside Church (RWC). I ended up staying in New York City and planting a new church with a few staff members

Since 2003, God has been faithful and blessing the people at RWC. Our church started out focusing primarily on college ministry. It has now blossomed into a church where young professionals, married couples, and even families are finding ways to grow as a community. God has further clarified our calling as a church that hosts His presence and loves New York City. His assurance is that as we grow in our desire to have His presence dwell and manifest in us, He will raise us up to be a new generation of believers who are liberated and empowered by the Gospel to radically impact our communities. In this way, our congregation desires to be the authentic Biblical community that God calls us to be.

 

SUNDAY SERVICE

Baruch College, Mason Hall
17 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10010

Sunday Service at 10:30 AM
Meditation begins at 10:15 AM

PRAYER MEETINGS

Church Office
28 West 28th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001

Call (212) 213-3626

Wednesday Nights
8:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Friday Mornings
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

 

Pastor Bruce Yi

SENIOR PASTOR

 
 
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While attending Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield, Pennsylvania, Pastor Bruce served as an associate pastor at the Remnant Presbyterian Church and as a campus staff leader at New York University. Starting with much prayer and less than a handful of students in the late summer of 1995, the Remnant Christian Fellowship soon grew to between 60 and 80 students. A sister fellowship at the Parsons School of Design soon followed. As God continued to guide and speak to him, Pastor Bruce was convicted and encouraged to plant a church in New York City in fall 2002. Almost a year later, in October 2003, Remnant Westside Church was born.

As his tenure with Remnant Westside continues, Pastor Bruce’s commitment to the church grows even stronger. He wants to see people embrace God through worship that is both freeing and glorifying to Him; to live out their Christian lives to the fullest within the context of the church; and to build a strong community with a compassion for others. As he explains, he wants to “help people fully embrace the highest and deepest part of worship.” In his spare time, Pastor Bruce enjoys learning about photography, playing golf, eating and spending time with his family. Pastor Bruce currently lives in Bayside, New York with his wife, Sunghee, and his two children, Joshua and Ruth.

 

Ryu Hijioka

ELDER

Raised in Queens and now living in Manhattan, Ryu has served in Remnant Westside Church since its inception in 2003. He graduated from the Cooper Union with a degree in mechanical engineering and is a project manager at Related Companies, a real estate firm. Ryu enjoys watching tennis and spending time with his wife, Melissa, and daughter, Zoe.


Michelle Chu

COUNSELOR

Michelle serves as part-time counseling staff and has attended Remnant Westside Church since she was a freshman in college. She was born and raised in New York and still lives in the city.

Michelle received her M.A. in Mental Health Counseling from Alliance Graduate School of Counseling and is currently studying clinical psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. In addition to counseling, her roles at RWC include overseeing the missions ministry, SEND, and working with the Women's Ministry and Young Adult Ministry.

Michelle loves reading novels and hopes to write her own some day.


Jessica Fang

Admin

Jessica, a Southern California native, graduated from New York University. In college, she accepted Christ and began to understand what it means to be in community and experience God's grace in a deeply intimate way. Since moving to the city, she has been serving as a college ministry family group leader. 

After Jessica accepted Christ, she decided to dedicate her life to church ministry. When she was offered an administration position at RWC, she was reminded of the conviction that God is faithful to the desires of her heart. Jessica loves to witness people encounter the love of the Father and step into their heavenly identities as sons and daughters, a powerful Kingdom truth that has personally grounded her in her faith. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the streets of NYC, eating ice cream and laughing. She longs to follow Jesus to the ends of the earth and see people encounter the amazing love of the Father.

Our Values

Teaching 2 Timothy 3:16-17

We believe the Bible is the foundation and authority for the church. 

Prayer Exodus 17:8-16 Ephesians 6:10-20

We are totally dependent on God. We are committed to activating His power in our lives.

Evangelism Mark 16:15

We value God's desire for all people to have a personal and life changing relationship with Jesus Christ. 

Worship Acts 2:46-47

We passionately desire to glorify God above all things. 

Accountability Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

We value Biblical community that encourages a deeper relationship with God. 

Commitment Mark 12:28-34 John 14:23-24 Luke 14:33

We have a genuine desire at RWC to welcome people who are at various places in their spiritual life. 

 


Our Pillars

Just as four pillars are needed to hold up a structure, we believe the four pillars on which our church is built are worship, missions, campus, and family groups. Without these, our church would not be able to stand, therefore we work earnestly to strengthen these pillars and solidify our foundation.

Missions/Community Outreach Acts 1:8

We believe that every Christian is called to invest in the process of sharing the gospel to those in their sphere of influence, their community and to the nations.


FAMILY Groups Acts 2:42-47

We seek to create an intimate environment where all people are transformed through God's message.

WORSHIP COLOSSIANS 3:16

We passionately desire glorifying God in and above all things. Therefore, we believe in wholeheartedly giving our best in every aspect of our lives, both public and private, in order to exemplify the worthiness of God.

Campus Ezra 7:10

We seek to shape the minds of today's students with a godly perspective for the rest of their lives to influence their communities.

 


Membership

As Christians, we are part of the Body that is the Universal Church. Yet, the expression of this truth must be lived out within a local body.

Becoming a member means making a covenant. The purpose of membership is to call each person to live a Christ-like life of worship, to build the Kingdom of God in his or her respective city and to build up the body of believers as it is their community.

We believe in membership. This covenant is an agreement that members and the church see eye-to-eye when it comes to accountability, leadership, and ministry. This covenant also stands in agreement between the member and church in submission, service, and integrity.

Membership to a local body is important for the growth of the individual and the growth of the church. As such, we highly encourage you to think and pray about making Remnant Westside Church your local body. Please contact us if you have any questions about or are interested in becoming a member.


OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH

Holy Bible

All Scripture is self-attesting and being Truth, requires our unreserved submission in all areas of life. The infallible Word of God, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, is a complete and unified witness to God's redemptive acts culminating in the incarnation of the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible, uniquely and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit, is the supreme and final authority on all matters on which it speaks. On this sure foundation we affirm these additional essentials of our faith. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21; Proverbs 30:5; Romans 16:25-26).

Trinity

We believe in one God, the sovereign Creator and Sustainer of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To Him be all honor, glory and praise forever. (I John 5:7; Genesis 1:26; Matthew 3:16-17, 28:19; Luke 1:35; Isaiah 9:6; Hebrews 3:7-11).

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is God the Son, the second person of the Trinity. On earth, Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the only man ever to have lived a sinless life. He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, performed miracles, died on the cross for mankind and thus, atoned for our sins through the shedding of His blood. He rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and will return again in power and glory. (John 1:1,14, 20:28; I Timothy 3:16; Isaiah 9:6; Philippians 2:5- 6; l Timothy 2:5).

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit has come to glorify Christ and to apply the saving work of Christ to our hearts. He convicts us of sin and draws us to the Savior. In dwelling in our hearts, He gives new life to us, empowers and imparts gifts to us for service. He instructs and guides us into all Truth, and seals us for the day of redemption.

Regeneration

For anyone to know God, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential (John 6:44, 65).

Salvation

Being estranged from God and condemned by our sinfulness, our salvation is wholly dependent upon the work of God's free grace. God credits His righteousness to those who put their faith in Christ alone for their salvation, thereby justifying them in His sight. Only those who are born of the Holy Spirit and receive Jesus Christ become children of God and heirs of eternal life. (Ephesians 2:8-9; Galatians 2:16, 3:8; Titus 3:5; Romans 10:9-10; Acts 16:31; Hebrews 9:22).

Repentance

The commitment to turn away from sin in every area of our lives and to follow Christ, which allows us to receive His redemption and to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit. Thus, through repentance we receive forgiveness of sins and appropriate salvation (Acts 2:21, 3:19; I John 1:9).

The Church

The true Church is composed of all persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ and the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit are united together in the body of Christ. The Church finds her visible, yet imperfect, expression in local congregations where the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered in their integrity; where scriptural discipline is practiced, and where loving fellowship is maintained. For her perfecting, she awaits the return of her Lord. (Ephesians 1:22, 2:19-22; Hebrews 12:23; John 17:11, 20-23).

Sanctification

The ongoing process of yielding to God in order to complete the development of Christ's character in us. It is through the present ministry of the Holy Spirit that the Christian is enabled to live a godly life (I Thessalonians 4:3, 5:23; II Corinthians 3:18, 6:14-18, II Thessalonians 2:1-3, Romans 8:29, 12:1-2, Hebrews 2:11).

Jesus' Blood

The Blood that Jesus Christ shed on the Cross of Calvary was sinless and is 100% sufficient to cleanse mankind of all sin. Jesus allowed Himself to be punished for our sinfulness and the specific sins we have committed, enabling all those who believe to be free from the penalty of sin, which is death (I John 1:7; Revelation 1:5, 5:9; Colossians 1:20; Romans 3:10-12, 23, 5:9; John 1:29).

The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is manifested through a variety of spiritual gifts to build and sanctify the church, demonstrate the validity of the resurrection, and confirm the power of the Gospel. The Bible lists of these gifts are not necessarily exhaustive, and the gifts may occur in various combinations. All believers are commanded to earnestly desire the manifestation of the gifts in their lives. These gifts always operate in harmony with the Scriptures and should never be used in violation of biblical parameters. (Hebrews 2:4; Romans 1:11, 12:4-8; Ephesians 4:16; II Timothy 1:5-16, 4:14; I Corinthians 12:1-31, 14:1-40; I Peter 4:10).

Two Sacraments

Water Baptism: Following faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, the new convert is commanded by the Word of God to be baptized in water in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38).

The Lord's Supper: The Communion which is essential to Christian faith in the presence of God when the elements of bread and grape juice or the wine (the Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ) are taken in remembrance of Jesus' sacrifice on the Cross (Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 16:16; Acts 8:12, 36-38; 10:47-48; I Corinthians 10:16, 11:23- 25).

Resurrection

Jesus Christ was physically resurrected from the dead in a glorified body three days after His death on the cross. In addition, both the saved and the lost will be resurrected; they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of eternal damnation (Luke 24:16, 36, 39; John 2:19-21, 20:26-28, 21:4; Acts 24:15; I Corinthians 15:42, 44; Philippians 1:21-23, 3:21).

Second Coming

Jesus Christ will come again to the earth - personally, visibly, and bodily - to judge the living and the dead, and to consummate history and the eternal plan of God. This will occur at a date undisclosed by the Scriptures (Matthew 24:30, 26:63-64; Acts 1:9-11; I Thessalonians 4:15-17; II Thessalonians 1:7-8; Revelation 1:7; Rev.22:20).

Human Sexuality

Genesis 1:27 - God created man in His own image…He created him; male and female He created them. God created human race male and female equal in value and worth before God. God ordained marriage between a man and a woman from the beginning of human history. For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. Wedding: A holy covenent between a couple and God. Remnant Westside Church defines couple as a man and a woman. Genesis 2:24

Heaven

Heaven is the eternal dwelling place for all believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Matthew 5:3, 12, 20, 6:20, 19:21, 25:34; John 17:24; II Corinthians 5:1; Hebrews 11:16; I Peter 1:4).

Hell

After living one life on earth, the unbelievers will be judged by God and sent to Hell where they will be eternally tormented with the Devil and the Fallen Angels (Matthew 25:41; Mark 9:43-48; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 14:9-11, 20:12-15, 21:8).

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We envision AMI™ to be more than a denomination or an association. It is a community of churches seeking to model the spirituality, vision, and partnership exemplified in the book of Acts. AMI™ is committed to developing disciples of Christ within our churches, as well as spreading the gospel message to unreached people through church planting and missions work.


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