What does Redeemer’s Church believe:
· We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (John 1, I John 5:7, John 14:8-9) · We believe that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; and that He was buried and that He rose again on the third day according to the scriptures (I Corinthians 15:3-4).
· We believe that it is by grace through faith that man is saved. (Ephesians 2:8) · We believe that regeneration is a work of the Holy Spirit, and in order to be regenerated we must confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our hearts that He rose from the dead to pay for our sins (Romans 10:9).
· We believe the Bible to be the inspired and authoritative Word of God. (II Timothy 3:16) · We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life. (John 14:16, John 20:22, Galatians 5:25) · We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. (Revelation 20)
· We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 4:4-6).
Does Redeemer’s Church teach salvation from an Arminian or Calvinistic viewpoint?
· In our study through Scripture, we see that man is dead in sin (Romans 3, Ephesians 2).
· We see that God, in His sovereignty and foreknowledge, elects some to salvation (Ephesians 1, I Peter 1, Romans 8).
· We see that Jesus died for the sins of the world, (I John 2:2) but only those that believe on the Lord Jesus have the blood applied to their life for atonement (Romans 5:8-11, Romans 10:9) .
·We see that the saints will persevere and are preserved until the day our Lord returns for His Church (John 6:39-40, Phil 1:6, Rom 8:29-30).
· In specific reference to election, we believe that God calls in His sovereignty and man must respond (Ephesians 1:13). This is one of the divine tensions of Scripture and we happily admit that we are not God and until we see Jesus face to face, we will never be able to fully understand how these truths are worked out.
· Instead of being labeled as Arminian or Calvinist, we prefer to be labeled as Christians who believe every word of Scripture is true. We are passionate to approach all Scripture as inspired (God-breathed revelation), infallible (without error in the original writings), and authoritative (final in its authority over every domain of knowledge to which it speaks).
Does Redeemer’s Church teach sign gifts are for today?
· Concerning sign gifts, we do believe that Jesus, because He is God, and because he had the power of the Holy Spirit, was able to do things that no one else can or will do. The purpose of these signs and miracles were to reveal that He was, is and always will be God.
· We also believe that the Apostles including Paul, possessed certain spiritual gifts as a sign of their authority as Apostles in the birthing of the first century Church. However, when those apostles died there were no longer apostles acting in the exact same role that posses those exact same abilities today.
· Having said that, we are not cessationists (I Corinthians 13:8, 9, 12). We believe all the spiritual gifts mentioned in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and 14, Ephesians 4, 1 Peter 4:10-11 are all still available and being used throughout the world through the body of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 1:7 Paul wrote to the Church at Corinth that they would not be lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. The point is that the Church would continue to posses spiritual gifts until Jesus, not the Bible, (as some say), was revealed at His return. Therefore, we believe the gifts that the Spirit gives will be ongoing until that which is perfect has come. We believe Jesus is that which is perfect and when He returns, we will be like Him and gifts will no longer be needed (Phil 3:20-21; I John 3:2).
· Concerning these gifts, I Corinthians 14:26-33 tells us that when people use their gifts they are to be operated in an orderly manner which glorifies God.
· Concerning prophecy or languages (tongues). If someone spoke in a unknown language, or gave a prophetic word we would test each occurrence according to the Scriptures (I John 4:1). For example, if someone were to speak in a language (tongue) that was not understood by the whole body, and an interpretation did not follow, we would see this as not being scripturally in order and we (would) ask the person to refrain from his/her actions. That said, it would be unbiblical and presumptuous to say that God could not still use languages, prophecies, and miracles today.
Does Redeemer’s Church teach a second baptism of the Holy Spirit?
· We believe that the baptism of the Holy Spirit takes place at conversion when the Spirit Comes into the believer, placing and sealing him/her into the Body of Christ (Romans 8:9, Romans 6:3, I Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 4:5).
· We believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential, nor prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of deep spiritual experience. (I Corinthians 12:7; 11:13; Ephesians 4:7-8).
· We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts, that He individually gifts believers as He chooses, and that their gifts are for the edification of the Body of Christ. (I Corinthians 12:6-7, 11).
· We believe that God hears and answers the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted. (John 15:7; I John 5:14, 15).
· We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that is given to them. (Romans 12:1-8; I Corinthians 13; I Peter 4:10-11).
· We believe that believers are to be filled with the Holy Spirit moment by moment (Ephesians 5:18) and to walk in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16) and not carry out the desires of the flesh.
· We believe that Jesus taught us to ask for the Holy Spirit to help us; (Luke 11:13) therefore, we, as believers, do ask to be filled with and walk in God’s Spirit.
We understand the filling of the Spirit, in the following terms:
· It is more than a one-time experience. It is to be sought continually and differs in degree both individually and corporately, and always has evidence of consistent biblical fruit.
· It is recognizable, not just an inference—an experience, not just a silent influence.
· It empowers us for Christ-exalting ministry, sometimes resulting in gifts. · It is not always accompanied by tongues (I Corinthians 12:30; cf. Jesus in Luke 4:1; Stephen in Acts 7:55; Peter in Acts 4:8; Paul in Acts 13:9).
· It is understood as a surrendering to the Spirit and it cannot be purchased or manufactured (cf. Simon in Acts 8:14- 24; the Sons of Sceva in Acts 19:11-17).
We seek a filling of the Spirit in the following ways:
· By confessing sins, repenting, and trusting in Christ to forgive.
· By emptying ourselves, taking on the form of servants, and committing every area of our lives to the Lord’s service.
· By surrendering, losing inhibitions, and yielding fully to Him. · By eagerly desiring spiritual gifts and asking God to equip and empower in a new or more powerful way.
· By gathering together and laying on hands.
· We do not believe that one needs a second blessing or a second baptism for the manifestation of tongues.
· Finally we believe that every ministry we do is to be done in the power of the Holy Spirit and to the glory of God.
What does Redeemer’s Church believe about end times?
· We believe in the [victorious], personal, glorious, and bodily return of our Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 23:31-33) with His holy angels, when He will exercise His role as final judge and His kingdom will be consummated.
· We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the just and the unjust: the unjust to judgment and eternal conscious punishment in hell (I Corinthians 15:23; Revelation 20:11-15), as our Lord Himself taught, and the just to eternal blessedness in the presence of Jesus, in the new heaven and new earth, the home of the righteous. On that day, the church will be presented faultless before God, based on the obedience, suffering, and triumph in Christ. All sin will be purged and its wretched effects forever banished. God will be all in all, and everything will be to the praise of His glorious grace.
· Redeemer’s Church will not be divisive nor dogmatic surrounding areas of eschatology concerning the millennium and Rapture. We believe this would be unprofitable speculation because the times and exact details of our Lord’s return are unclear and known only by the Father. (Matthew 24:36)
Can women be elders or pastors at Redeemer’s Church?
· Galatians 3:28 points out the equality of men and women in salvation and in being image bearers of God, however, just as Philippians 2:5-11 illustrates Jesus submitted in function to the Father, although in essence they are equal, men and women have differing roles/functions established by God even though men and women are equal in value/essence.
· We are persuaded that the Bible teaches that only men should be pastors and elders. That is, men should bear primary responsibility for Christ-like leadership and teaching in the church (I Timothy 2:11-15; I Corinthians 14:34-36; 11:2-16).
· Redeemer’s Church will have male elders and pastors. · The Bible also teaches male headship in the home (Ephesians 5:21-33; Colossians 3:18-19; I Peter 3:1-7; Titus 2:5; I Timothy 3:4,12; Genesis 1-3).
· We believe the Bible teaches that God means the relationship between husband and wife to portray the relationship between Christ and His church. The husband is to model the loving, sacrificial leadership of Christ, and the wife is to model the glad submission offered freely by the church. This view of male headship and female submission in the church and in the home is complementarianism, equal in essence and value but different in function and role, as determined by God in His Word.
How is Redeemer’s Church governed and how are decisions made?
· The Elders of Redeemer’s Church have the primary role of prayer, teaching, and oversight of the entire ministry of Redeemer’s Church.
· It must be stated that Jesus is, and always will be, the senior pastor, having all authority over His bride, the church.
· Redeemer’s Church is elder-ruled. Decisions are made with a majority vote.
· We believe an elder to be a man qualified according to I Timothy 3:3-7 and Titus 1:5-9 who has been effectively serving as a shepherd and leader of individuals in some capacity at Redeemer’s Church for a minimum of 1 year and who desires to be an elder. (I Timothy 3:1),
· Candidates for new elders are either approached by the elders or he might initiate consideration by the elders. The elders then proceed with prayerful consideration and biblical evaluation before coming to a unanimous decision.
· There is also a State board which consist of Jeff Patterson, Brett Anderson. This is for state legal purposes of incorporation.
· Redeemer’s Church also has a group of deacons to help with the day to day operations of the church. The biblical definition of a Deacon (Diakonos) is found in the meaning of the word itself. A Deacon is a minister, a servant, an attendant, that executes the command of others. At Redeemer’s Church, we have many deacons. They are amazing men and women that serve as worship leaders, minister to our children, and assist with the day to day operations of the Church. Therefore, we ask anyone who desires to serve to adhere to the qualities mentioned in I Timothy 3 and to be in agreement with the Redeemer’s Church Servant Leader Agreement.
Why does Redeemer’s Church emphasize community groups?
· Community has its ultimate origin in the Godhead, which is in community, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We are made in the image of God and are intended to live in community with God and with one another. From the earliest days of the church (Acts 2:42), the Body of Christ devoted themselves to the apostles teaching, fellowship, prayer, and the breaking of bread. When a church is 25-30 people in size, there does not need to be division into groups, but when the church size increases, it has to divide into smaller groups for practical shepherding (Exodus 18:17).
· It is in the context of community that we are to stimulate one another to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24-25). Our desire is that every person at Redeemer’s Church is cared for and we follow through with this via small group ministry. Colossians 2:2-3 describes this well, “that their hearts may be encouraged having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
· We gather as community groups in homes for the purpose of exercising faith, hope, and love through teaching, fellowship, prayer, the breaking of bread, and discipleship. It is a place for accountability, friendship, spiritual gifts, mission, joy, and tears. It is also a great place to go for help, discipleship, and direction.
· It is our desire to see that every believer of Redeemer’s Church is loved, cared for, and challenged within a thriving community. And it is our desire that our neighbors within our town are blessed and touched by the love of Jesus through these community groups. Community groups are simply an extension of the vision and ministry of Redeemer’s Church to help us live out our mission to glorify God, edify the body, and testify to the community.
Is Redeemer’s Church an emergent church?
· The basic characteristic of an emergent church (sometimes confused with the “emerging” church) is that it does not believe in Sola Scriptura [everything according to Scripture]. Redeemer’s Church believes in the authoritative, infallible, inerrant, inspired, all-sufficient Scriptures (II Timothy 3:14-17, II Peter 1:20-21)
· The emerging church (as opposed to the emergent) holds everything in Scripture in a closed hand – no compromise, non-negotiable. Cultural distinctives unaddressed by Scripture are held in an open hand and there is freedom according to Romans 14. We, at Redeemer’s Church, are determined to be missionaries in our emerging, postmodern, American culture, and will allow freedom where the Scripture gives freedom, but will also maintain biblical orthodoxy with a closed hand.
· Redeemer’s Church is not an emergent church.
What is Redeemer’s Church position on alcohol?
· We believe all drunkenness is a sin (Deuteronomy 21:20; Matthew 24:17; Luke17:45; 21:34; Romans 13:13; I Corinthians 5:11; Ephesians 5:15; I Peter 4:3). We believe that many horrendous sins are affiliated with drunkenness. Therefore, getting drunk is a sin that can lead to other sins, such as incest (Genesis 19:32-35), violence (Proverbs 4:17), adultery (Revelation 17:2), mockery and brawling (Proverbs 20:1), poverty (Proverbs 21:17), foolish behavior (Isaiah 5:22; Jeremiah 51:39), murder (II Samuel 11:13), shameful nakedness (Habakkuk 2:15; Lamentations 4:21), slothfulness (Joel 1:5), escapism (Hosea 4:11), and depression (Luke 21:34). In summary, sin leads to death, and the sin of drunkenness produces only death and misery.
· We do believe that all Christians must, at varying times and in varying ways, give up some of their Christian liberties in order to love people of weaker conscience. Christians must make every effort to not lead them into sin by exercising freedoms in their presence (Romans 14:21; I Corinthians 10:31-32).
· Having affirmed the above regarding alcohol, the Bible does not condemn alcohol use and so neither do we. Jesus made and gave wine to be served at the wedding feast (John 2:6-11). The Pharisees wrongly condemned Jesus because he drank wine (Luke 7:31-35). Jesus drank wine with His disciples and will drink wine again with them in the kingdom (I Corinthians 11:25; Matthew 26:29). God brings forth food and wine for man (Psalm 104:14-15). God serves wine at the wedding feast of the Lamb (Revelations 19:9; Isaiah 25:6). Colossians 2:16-17 says to let no man pass judgment in questions of food and drink, things which are a mere shadow of what is to come.
Does Redeemer’s Church teach that a believer can lose salvation?
· We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, once sealed, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever (John 6:37-40; 10:27-30; Romans 8:1, 39; I Corinthians 1:4-8; I Peter 1:5). We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh (Romans 13:13, 14; Galatians 5:13; Titus 2:11-15).
Does Redeemer’s Church have church membership?
· At this time, Redeemer’s Church does not have traditional church membership; however, we will ask all those that call Redeemer’s Church their home church and serve the body at Redeemer’s Church in some form to agree to the essential doctrines located in our “what we believe section” and overall mission of Redeemer’s Church presented in Redeemer’s Church Servant Leader Agreement. This provides protection and unity for the body knowing that everyone that is serving and leading on mission is in agreement with the essentials of scripture.
What does Redeemer’s Church believe about marriage?
· The bible teaches us that marriage is a covenant between one man and one woman, who are joined together as one by GOD with distinct, yet equally important roles, as defined by God’s Word, fulfilling a unified purpose (Genesis 2:24-25; Matthew 19:3-6; Ephesians 5:31).
· We call marriage a covenant because the bible does. Malachi 2:14 Proverbs 2:16-17 · Because marriage is a covenant:
1. Marriage is intended to be permanent
2. Marriage is sacred
3. Marriage is intimate
4. Marriage is unifying
5. Marriage is exclusive
· Therefore, we believe that believers should practice complete chastity unless married, and if married, complete fidelity within heterosexual and monogamous marriage. Complete chastity and fidelity means, among other things, that regardless of our marital status, we will pursue purity and abstain from sexually immoral practices such as adultery, premarital sex, and pornography (Rom. 13:11-14; I Cor. 6:15-20; Eph. 5:3; I Thes. 4:1-8; Heb. 13:4).
· We also ask believers in the body to seek to preserve the gift of marriage and agree to walk through the steps of marriage reconciliation at Redeemer’s Church before pursuing divorce from their spouse (Matt. 19:1-12; Mark 10:1-12: Luke 16:18; I Cor. 7:10-11).
· For the role of the church in the process of divorce, see Paul’s concern for the resolution of legal matters within the body of the church in I Corinthians 6, and the description Jesus gives for offenses in Matthew 18.
· Concerning divorce/remarriage, Redeemer’s Church will only remarry divorced couples that align with the biblical exceptions for remarriage. Matthew 19, 1 Corinthians 7 .
· Our heart for all couples is that Jesus and reconciliation will always be at the center of all decisions regarding this very difficult subject.
What Bible Translation does Redeemer’s Church use?
· Redeemer’s Church teaches from the English standard version (ESV). We believe that there are many good translations of the bible, and we have chosen the ESV as a good understandable literal translation.