A church is not a business. It does not exist to be just another non-profit organization or even a social club. A church is not a structure of brick and mortar. The Apostle Paul defines the nature of the church in Ephesians 2:19-22, “So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household, but on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole building, being put together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you are also being built together for God’s dwelling in the Spirit.” Nowhere does Paul define the church as a physical structure or social club. He instead clearly states a church is a community of saints put together by God as His dwelling place in the Spirit. God’s Word provides a blueprint to the proper structure of a church.
“. . . In him you are also being built together for God’s dwelling in the Spirit.”
Mark Dever and Paul Alexander in their book The Deliberate Church pose the question, “How then do you go about building such a healthy church?” The answer to their question starts with the gospel. How we view the gospel will determine how we build the church. The gospel calls us to a Christ-centered church method. Therefore, at Redeemer, we value Christ above all things. He determines what is important not us. Christ values character, community, and commission. Our values as a church are Christ, Character, Community, and Commission. A church’s values communicate their identity. Everything a church does will project what it values.
1. Christ - Everything that Redeemer does should reflect Christ. He receives the glory from our actions.
2. Character - A collection of people, who are transformed and filled by the Holy Spirit, results in Christ-centered character.
3. Community - Christ said the world will know Him by our love for one another. Our unity as one people in Christ exposes the culture around us to the beauty of the gospel.
4. Commission - Christ commissioned His disciples to go and make disciples of all nations. A church, who is Christ-centered, is driven to fulfill Christ’s commission by reflecting Christ with evangelism, character, and community.
God has called Redeemer to a particular place and mission. Paul writes in Romans 15:20, “My aim is to preach the gospel where Christ has not been named, so that I will not build on someone else’s foundation.”
“My aim is to preach the gospel where Christ has not been named, . . . “
Our mission is to reach the next generation with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Equipping them to be leaders in Christ' church. This is our top priority at Redeemer Fellowship. We exist to fulfill Paul’s words to the church of Ephesus in Ephesians 4:12, “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for rbuilding up sthe body of Christ, . . . .”
God has not only called us to humbly teach the gospel to people and celebrate their reconciliation with their eternal Father. He has also called us to engage the issues that take place within the culture, city, and world around us with the gospel of Christ. Jesus came not only to redeem people, but to give everlasting hope in the conflicts of our age. We look forward to the day when Jesus establishes his kingdom and makes all things new.
To leave a legacy of faith, we have stationed ourselves near the university campus. We believe our mission is accomplished by primarily ministering to students, who are formulating their worldview. Reach the next generation with the gospel, you will reach the world with the gospel.
We Exist To Leave a Legacy of Faith by Loving People and Engaging Our Culture to the Glory of God.
A Vision is the Ideal Future of An Organization. We aim to accomplish a unique vision.