Who we believe in
We believe in One sovereign and supreme God who is Triune, existing eternally as Father, Son, and Spirit.
God, who is Himself uncreated, immeasurable, and eternal, is the Creator of the heavens and the earth, all that is seen and unseen.
No one has seen the fullness of the Father except the Son.
The eternal Son entered Creation in the flesh, fully human and fully Divine; He was conceived by the Spirit, born of the Virgin, and named Jesus; He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature. Jesus upholds the universe by the word of his power. Through his perfect life and atoning death on the cross, Jesus made purification for sins. In His resurrection, Jesus victoriously conquered death and hell. Jesus ascended to sit at the right hand of the Father, awaiting the ordained time to bring about the fullness of His Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
When Jesus ascended, the Holy Spirit proceeded from the Father and the Son, to descend and remain with the Church, the people of God. Every blessing the Church receives in Jesus Christ is from the Father and is brought to the Church by the Spirit. The Holy Spirit quickens faith and new life in the heart of the redeemed. Throughout the life of the Christian the Holy Spirit faithfully brings to bear the the conviction of sin, the call to repentance, and the comfort of forgiveness through Christ. The Holy Spirit unifies the Church through inseparably enjoining the redeemed to Jesus Christ and perpetually wroughting fellowship within the communion of the saints.
What we believe concerning
The Triune God, who Himself is uncreated, created all things seen and unseen from nothing and it was perfect, good, and complete. All of Creation is by God, through God, and ultimately for God.
The unfolding revelation of the greatness and graciousness of the Triune God, His covenant promises of His Kingdom, and the praise of His deeds from generation to generation can be read in the story of the Scriptures, the inspired and authoritative writings that make up the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. The Scriptures are trustworthy and sufficient for equipping the Christian in faith and service to God.
From the time of the Fall, God began declaring promises to reconcile a people back to Himself. To redeem a people, the punishment for sin would have to be accomplished; the people would have to be made perfectly righteous, the powers of evil would have to be conquered, the people would have to be transformed in the renewal of their minds and bodies. Through His righteous life of obedience to the Father, His taking on the punishment for sin by death on a cross, and His victorious resurrection from the grave, Jesus Christ has accomplished redemption for the people of God once and for all.
The mission of every Christian is to obey everything Jesus commands. This is applied inwardly in righteous and holy living and outwardly as heralds of the Gospel of God. Everything the Son commands comes from the Father, and every step of obedience in the life of the Christian is made possible by the Spirit. Therefore, the Christian life lived by the Spirit, is one of joyful obedience and faithful witness to Jesus. It is out of this obedience and witness that humans fulfill the Great Commission in declaring the Good News of Jesus and people turn to faith and repentance to believe on Christ, are baptized, and are instructed in what Jesus commands of His followers.
The Kingdom of God is the righteous and eternal reign of the Son over the reconciled and redeemed people of God, carried out on the Earth without end. There will no longer be sorrow, sickness, nor suffering. The righteous will live in harmony and justice because the commands of the Lord will be written on their hearts. And no longer will anyone teach their neighbor, or say to one another, “Know the LORD,” because they will all know Him, from the least of them to the greatest, for ever and ever.
Humans are creatures made by God to bear His image, glorify Him, enjoy a relationship with Him, and to exercise care and dominion over His good Creation.
By distrusting and disobeying their Creator God, humanity’s first parents ushered sin and death into the world. Sin broke the relationship between God and humanity, and their disobedience incurred curses which rendered Creation itself broken. Humans are therefore sinners not only collectively, but personally through one’s willful disobedience of God. Humanity was helpless to save themselves from their slavery to sin and death. No good works or earthly success could set right what sin had earned.
The Gospel is the good news that through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, God has reconciled sinful humans to Himself and adopted them as His children. And further, Jesus has established an eternal throne, from which He will reign over everything and bring the Kingdom of God to earth.
The Church is the Body of Christ, made up of God’s children, who were transferred from the domain of darkness into the Kingdom of the Son. Christ is the Head of His Church, and He has established undershepherds to care for, counsel, and correct the members of the local expressions of the Universal Church. The local church is the context wherein Christians grow up in Christ Jesus as they are taught what He has commanded them and discern their daily obedience to Him; receive instruction in the faith handed down, the breaking of bread in fellowship, prayer, corporate praise, and the sacraments; and are equipped for the ministry of reconciliation and service to the poor among the saints.
What is our vision for Redeemer Community Church?
Our vision is simple
We strive to be a people who spread a passion for the supremacy of God in all things through Jesus Christ. The gospel of Jesus Christ transforms us to be a people who love God and love our neighbor.
In order to achieve this, we believe certain things are necessary:
Word of God Preached
We believe that when the word of God is preached, Jesus is lifted up high, and when He is lifted up, He draws all men and women to Himself. We believe that every page of scripture proclaims Jesus and His gospel. This gospel of grace transforms lives and culture. And the more we understand the gospel, the more we come to find that the gospel is not just the ABCs of our faith, it is the A to Z. We never outgrow it and move on to other things. The Bible must never be reduced to mere moralistic teaching, but Jesus must be seen as central (even when preaching from the Old Testament). In order to spread a passion for the supremacy of God and bring redemption to the world, the church must embody this gospel message.
Seeking the Welfare of the City
Our aim is not just a great church, but great communities within a great city. Throughout scripture we see that God has a tremendous heart for the city – not because he loves tall buildings, but because this is where people are concentrated. The Bible begins in a garden but ends in a glorious city. In heaven, we will live in a city for all of eternity. Worshiping God together in the midst of community is the goal. So like Jeremiah teaches, we want to identify ourselves with the city and to seek its welfare. We believe that the gospel can transform the culture and people of a city and all the communities within it into a people who reflect the glory and goodness of God.
Keeping it Simple
As much as possible, we strive to keep the rhythm of our church simple – corporate worship on Sunday evenings and mid-week gatherings in our homes for Bible study and prayer. By keeping things simple, we hope to free up our members to be involved in their communities, get to know their neighbors, and find ways to live out and share the gospel with those around them. We are conscious of the dangers of a church becoming so inwardly focused that they become a holy huddle and isolate themselves from the world around them.
Martin Luther did not like to use the word “church” to describe a church, because just like today this word had come to mean a building or an institution. He preferred to use the words “community” or “assembly.” This puts the emphasis back on the church being a people instead of a building. As much as possible, we want to do the same. We currently meet in the historic Avondale neighborhood of Birmingham.
Our desire is for our church to be visible out in the community where unbelievers are and to meet in peoples’ homes for prayer and Bible studies. By meeting in people’s homes throughout the week, we hope to remind ourselves that we are part of a movement instead of a building that is part of an institution. We believe that one of the greatest assets our church has is our homes and the openness of them. In addition, we attempt to maintain a lean facility budget, and strive to use our money for missions, helping those in need, and making a better community, all for the glory of God.
Priesthood of All Believers
Every person who is a part of a church has been given gift(s) by the Holy Spirit to use for the edification of the body. We all minister to one another in one capacity or another. Peter said that we are all priests – meaning that we can now confess to one another, intercede for each other, encourage one another, and if necessary, rebuke one another. We assemble together to both minister and to be ministered to.
In addition to the basic topics outlined here and in our Membership Covenant, the elders at Redeemer Community Church also affirm a more in-depth theological statement outlined in our Elder Affirmation (pdf).