The VISION of Redeemer Church is to be a mosaic community that helps people move beyond brokenness to become the people God has created and called us to be.
Understanding our Vision:
Underlying this statement is the belief that the most important vision for Redeemer Church - or for any of us - is the vision of God Himself. So, in pursuing a renewed and revised vision for who we are to be together, we have sought to recognize God's purposes and plans for us as the body of Christ.
For those who would like a more thorough understanding, read on.
Our church is named for Jesus Christ, who paid the ultimate price to redeem us from our enslavement to sin. We want to help all of God’s children come to know their Savior and experience His redeeming love.
Key scriptures include:
● They remembered that God was their rock, the Most High God their redeemer. - Psalm 78:35 ESV
● Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go. - Isaiah 48:17 ESV
● He [Jesus] redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. - Galatians 3:14 NIV
To be Presbyterian means that the way the church operates and is governed is patterned after what we see in the New Testament church. The church body elects elders who collectively seek the mind of Christ as they lead the church (Titus 1:5-9). As Presbyterians we are committed to the authority of the Holy Scriptures as contained in the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments (2 Timothy 3:16). Also, while not authoritative we are confessional and creedal believing that the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Apostle's Creed, and the Nicene Creed offer faithful summaries to essential teachings of the Bible. Presbyter is used in the original language of scripture to describe the office of elder. When Paul went to Jerusalem to discuss with the church leaders a contradiction in understanding in Acts 15, it was a lengthy meeting of presbyters; the first recorded presbytery meeting. Presbyterians believe in church connectedness for the benefit of correction and maintaining the truth of scripture. When churches are independent, much error can manifest. We are a part of a 24-church presbytery and an active subgroup of churches called Renew Polk with a focus on church planting.
Throughout the Scriptures we see that God has worked through covenant communities. The Bible gives us several understandings or pictures of what a church is. We are called the “Body of Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 4:12), the “Family of God” (2 Peter 2:17, Ephesians 3:15) and “Children of God” (John 1:12; Philippians 2:15).
A mosaic is a work of art made up of broken pieces of many shapes, sizes, ages, colors and media, creatively arranged into a beautiful and complete work of art. At Redeemer, we recognize that all of us come as broken people to God, the Master Artist, trusting Him to place us in the Body of Christ with others to be part of His Masterpiece. This fits with what Paul says in his letter to the Ephesians: For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. - Ephesians 2:10 NLT. (See also 2 Corinthians 5, Psalm 133:1, 1 Corinthians 12:14-27 and Ephesians 4:11-16).
God wants to heal our hurts and reshape us into fully mature disciples. In our original human father Adam, we have all fallen into sin and death (Romans 5:14; 1 Corinthians 15:22). As a result we are all broken and are incapable of helping ourselves. However, God in His great kindness has not only seen fit to justify us by the finished work of Jesus, but He also sanctifies us into the image of Jesus Himself (Romans 8:29) by the power of His Holy Spirit (Rom 8:13; 1 Cor. 6:11; Eph 4:22-24; Heb 13:20-21). Through the process of sanctification, God is moving us beyond our brokenness to help heal our relationship with Himself, others, and ourselves. As members of God’s family, we also “comfort others with the comfort we have received” (2 Corinthians 1:3-7), growing in grace and maturity together (Ephesians 4:12-16).