In essentials, unity; in nonessentials, liberty; in all things, charity.
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Belief Statements are important. We get that. And you’ll find some of ours below. However, belief statements can sometimes unnecessarily divide us, and that’s not what we want. Instead, we want anyone and everyone—doubters, seekers, and followers—to be launched more fully into the person God has created them to be. We think the very best way to know what we’re about is to come and hang out with us on a Sunday morning. We hope you’ll join us!
With that said, here are a few things we believe to be very important:
Scripture is where it all starts for us. It’s our whole basis; so much so that if what it says isn’t true, then, as Jesus followers, we have no legs to stand on. And, while the Bible wasn’t written in English, we believe that the copies we hold in our hands have been translated to us from reliable manuscripts that contain God’s inspired Word; a Word more than relevant for us today (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Pet. 1:20-21).
From beginning to end, the Bible tells a beautiful story of good news! This includes creation, fall, redemption, and restoration.
We believe that there is only one Creator God who is infinite in being and perfection. God exists as Trinity in the Persons of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, who are of one substance and equal in power and glory. We believe that out of an expression of love, God created all people in His image (Gen. 1:1; Matt. 28:18-19; Jn. 1:3; Heb. 1:1-4; Gen. 1:27).
We believe that because of Adam and Eve’s sin in the garden, every aspect of creation has fallen from its original and glorious design, and all persons are totally depraved. This is why everyone is born spiritually separated from God and can incur an eternal punishment by dying in that condition. This means that salvation as well as fulfillment in life both totally depend on the grace of God (Gen. 3:1-7, 19; Rom. 3:9-19, 23).
We think of redemption as a great returning—a restoration of order. We fractured our relationship with God by choosing autonomy and self-trust, but God the Father sent his son, Jesus, into the world to reclaim it for his glory. Jesus was fully God and fully man and lived his whole life without sin. Eventually he was killed because of his teachings but, as planned before time, became alive again to reveal God’s authority over death and sin and to compel humanity back toward himself.
We believe we’re saved by the exchange of Jesus’ perfect life for our imperfect life, and that this happens simply by believing in and asking for God’s grace. All who do this are immediately justified before God, promised an eternal and fulfilling relationship with him, and permanently sealed by the Holy Spirit as part of the body of Christ (Jn. 3:16; Eph. 2:8-9; 1 Cor. 15:3-4; Rom. 3:21-26; 8:20-21; Eph. 1:1-13; John 15).
God will finish what he started. In his own timing and way, he will someday bring this world to an end in order to establish a new heaven and earth where all believers will spend eternity giving glory and honor to him.
This restoration is already happening when those who trust Jesus—for their worth, their identity, their salvation—become more like him as the Holy Spirit works to bring people together. Intentional friendship happens. People worship God together, learn and obey his Word, celebrate the sacraments of communion and baptism, and love one another like Jesus. This is how we work to make disciples of all nations and participate in God’s restoration of humankind (Tit. 2:13; Matt. 25:31-46; Rev. 20-22).
Baptism is an important outward sign of faith conversion, and while we love celebrating this symbol of our inward reality together, we believe that baptism doesn’t actually save you. Jesus saves you as a gift through new faith (Ephesians 2:8-9). For more about our perspective on baptism, click here.
STATEMENTS OF FAITH
We’re not alone in these beliefs. Rather, we draw from those who’ve gone before us in the faith. For this reason we love the ancient creeds, including the Apostle’s Creed and Nicene Creed, as well as the more recent Gospel Coalition’s Confessional Statement.
In his epistles, Paul established decrees on many facets of the faith to preserve the church’s unity as Christ commanded. Paul encourages us in 1 Corinthians 1:10-11: “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For… there is quarreling among you.”
In light of this instruction, we agree to preserve our unity on the issues listed below that tend to cause division in churches today. While we may engage in respectful dialogue on the following issues we will not seek to divide or act in a divisive way regarding our personal preferences on these issues.
MARRIAGE, SEX, AND DIVORCE
Scripture says that marriage is a God-ordained institution that involves a life-long vow between a man and a woman (e.g. Gen. 2:24; Mic. 2:14) and sex is prohibited outside of this bond (e.g. 1 Cor. 6:15-7:5; Rom. 1:26-27). While scripture permits divorce in rare cases (e.g. Matthew 5:31-32; 19:3-9; 1 Cor. 7:15), we will first encourage reconciliation to a couple that’s in trouble by exhorting them to rely upon God’s readiness to forgive sin and restore lives (e.g. Mt. 19:3-9; 1 Cor. 7:10-16).
MEN & WOMEN’S INVOLVEMENT
Both men and women will be welcomed by the leadership to serve in staff positions, lead small groups, lead worship, serve communion, baptize, teach and serve as deacons and in all of our ministries. While scripture says that only men will serve as elders/pastors (1 Timothy 3:2 and Titus 1:6), this practice should by no means dissuade women in our church to lead in any other venue and share their wisdom, gifts, and commitment to fulfilling the church’s mission.
Scripture includes many instances where alcohol is moderately consumed and doesn’t prohibit drinking alcohol (e.g. Deut. 14:26; Jn. 2:6-10; 1 Tim. 5:23). Therefore, we are free to drink in moderation. However, scripture also commands us to be disciplined in order to avoid the sins of: drunkenness, alcoholism, violating governmental laws (such as under-age drinking), and becoming a stumbling block to the weak by refusing to love them well by abstaining (e.g. Ecc. 10:17; Eph. 5:18; Rom. 14:21; 1 Cor. 10:23-33; 1 Pet. 2:13-17).
We will do our best not to focus on our own preferences in the style of music, use of art or other forms of worship, but focus on giving God glory and learning His truth (e.g. 1 Cor. 11:17-34).
Scripture requires us to love as Christ has loved us by rescuing fellow Christians from sin in order to promote repentance and peace (Js. 5:19-20; 2 Cor. 5:18-20). So, from the outset of a conflict or offense, we will begin by removing any sin in our lives (Matt. 7:5) and praying for God’s wisdom (Js. 1:5). After that will we maturely approach the offender with a spirit of gentleness (Gal. 6:1) and follow the process that Jesus suggested in Matt. 18:15-17. Scripture tells us to first address the offender alone about his sin for the purpose of restoration. If that fails, we are to go to the offender again with one or two others in order to establish the charge with witnesses and bring him to repentance. If that doesn’t succeed, Jesus instructs us to “tell it to the church” (meaning Christians only, which is different from our public worship gatherings which include non-Christians). Since the elders oversee the church, they will lead the process at this point and may bring the matter before Redeemer’s Partners as a final effort to restore the offender. Should the offender still persist, Jesus tells us to ”treat them as a Gentile and tax collector” or non-Christian, and therefore he will be excluded from communion (1 Cor. 11:27-32) and Partnership with Redeemer. If the offender could continue to harm others, cause division or jeopardize our Gospel mission to the world, the elders may also remove him from attending Redeemer (Titus 3:10; 1 Cor. 5). Finally, if the offender is an elder himself, he will be rebuked in front of all Redeemer attendees (1 Tim. 5:17-20). Again, our aim is to restore the offender to a right fellowship with God and His church. So, at any point, if the offender repents, we will reaffirm our love, forgive, comfort, and seek to prevent him or her from being overwhelmed by excessive sorrow (2 Cor. 2:7-8).