At Redeemer Baptist Fellowship, our goal is to live together on Christ, our joy and hope, to the end that others might treasure Him. To accomplish this, our church life focuses around the principles of Gospel, community, and mission. These principles shape everything we do at Redeemer.
The Gospel is the good news of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, who isn't historical fiction or a martyred moral teacher, but the redeemer of the world. In summary, the Gospel is the good news that the perfect, just, and all-knowing God is reconciling all things to himself through the righteous life, atoning death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
God is the gracious, just, and holy creator of all things, including mankind, whom He created in His own image. Humanity was created to glorify God and find joy and satisfaction in knowing Him. Instead of finding their satisfaction in God, the first humans (and all of their descendants after them) rejected God and turned to created things to find authority, joy, truth, and meaning. This rebellion is called sin, and it leads mankind into a state of corruption, guilt, and relational separation from God in which we are deserving of an infinitely worthy God's just condemnation. But God is a loving God who, before He had even made the world, extended His mercy towards sinners in a plan of redemption. This plan set forth His own Son as a substitute for mankind. Coming in fulfillment of over a millennia of prophetic expectation and longing, Jesus Christ accomplished salvation for all those who trust in his perfect life, substitutionary death, and victorious resurrection. Through resting in the work of Christ, we can be forgiven, covered in the record of His righteous life, liberated from the guilt of sin, and freed to find our ultimate joy and satisfaction in knowing Him.
The hope flowing from the Gospel touches every sphere of life. Towards our pasts, it is the hope that we can be declared righteous, brought into God's own family, and freed from sin's slavery to find true and lasting joy. Towards our present, it is the hope that we are welcomed into a family that God calls His treasured possession--a family He will persevere and sanctify by His grace to be a transformative people who bless our neighbors and our city. Towards the future, the Gospel is the hope that we will be preserved in the grace of God, and that the resurrected Christ sovereignly reigns over the world and will someday return to make all things new. The hope of the Gospel fills our relationships, work, suffering, and day-to-day living with glorious meaning and purpose as we live as messengers of this good news and ambassadors of God to our community. For more details on how we understand the Gospel, you can read our statement of faith.
This news is the centerpiece of our life together as a church. We encourage one another with it throughout the week, celebrate and apply it together in Sunday gatherings, and proclaim it to neighbors with dependence on the Spirit to convict and call new worshippers to Christ. We desire to be a church family that shares the redeeming love of God displayed in the Gospel in the midst of the legalism, moralism, and secularism prevalent in our city.
The church is not a building, a set of programs, or a Sunday show--it's a family formed by the Gospel. When we experience the church as a family that we love and not an event that we attend, the Gospel begins to influence our daily lives, not just our Sunday mornings. The local church is the community where God has designed sanctification and mission to take place. Because of this, our community life is intended to glorify God, to mature us, and to display God's redeeming love to our neighbors. We accomplish this through our planned gatherings as well as our informal living together as a redeemed family.
The people of God's possession in Christ are a people born again to the mission of Christ to to spread the Gospel in our community and across the globe. Mission, therefore, is not just an isolated program or event, but the aim of all parts of our community life. Every member is responsible to be engaged in the spread of the Gospel. There are 7,771 people within a mile of our campus, and we seek to engage those people with the Gospel.