Names are important. In them we find meaning, identity, and distinction. Some names are unique; others are common. Some names are inherently strong; others are superficially weak. Some names can propel you forward and push you outward; others can hold you back and stunt your growth. All names serve as the introduction, the first impression, the process of setting the stage.
A name immediately reveals something to the curious and serves as a monument to the familiar. To the curious, a name provides a glimpse of who or what you are and in some way, distinguishes you from who or what you are not. For the familiar, a name provides a history; it retells a story, it serves as a reminder of why we are here.
We chose the name Redeemer because we believe Christ (our Redeemer) is the most important person of the church, and His gospel should be central.
Isaiah 44:6 tells us, “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.”
Also, when we talk about our Redeemer we are acknowledging a theological truth—we are redeemed by Christ our Redeemer. By grace, through faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ, we are redeemed to who God created us to be. Trusting in Jesus’ death on the cross means finding our identity in Jesus’ life—we are “born again.”
The Bible teaches that: “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). It is with this truth in mind that we see an important work for believers together, to be on mission.
We desire to know Christ our Redeemer and to make Him known.
Christians are not made new and then left to wonder or wander. No, together we are given a great mission by our Redeemer. Jesus was clear in the gospels about what that was supposed to look like.
We believe that mission statements can be lengthy, extra-Biblical, and very confusing to both congregants and visitors. With this in mind, the statement above is a simple summary of what we believe is stated in the Great Commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) and Great Commission(Matthew 28:16-20).
As a church, we see several values that help keep us focused and centered on living gospel-centered lives. This does not mean that we do not value anything else. It simply means that these values are the core of what we value and focus on together.
Gospel-Centered Preaching Everything we teach and preach at Redeemer is centered around the Word of God. This is why the exposition of scripture is the primary way in which the Word is taught on a weekly basis. It is truth exposed, expanded on, and explained. (Titus 1:9, 2:1, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Romans 10:9-15)
Gospel-Centered Discipleship Gospel discipleship begins by God’s Lordship in our lives. Before giving His disciples the great commission He told them in Matthew 28:18, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me."
God conforms us to the image of His Son, calling us to a life in total submission to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. This means that a disciple of Jesus Christ is one who is completely surrendered, committed, and sold out in life to Him.
Gospel-Centered Community Gospel community brings people to God. God creates men and women in His image to live in community together, imitating the eternal relationship shared by the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:42-47, Hebrews 10:23-25, Romans 12:1-5)
Gospel-Centered Evangelism Gospel evangelism brings God and His good news to the world. We believe we are instructed to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all people” (Mark 16:15).
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The gospel is the defining and determining factor of all we do—thus the name ‘Redeemer’ because everything we do as the redeemed comes from living for and in our Redeemer.