Beliefs matter. Here are the basic, Gospel-driven convictions we hold at Redeemer.
Scripture We believe the Bible is God's Word, completely trustworthy and without error in the original manuscripts. It is the ultimate authority for all that we believe and practice. The Bible's truth is timeless and speaks to us today.
Trinity The Bible teaches that one real and personal God exists eternally in three persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Humanity People have inherent dignity and were created in the image of God to glorify him and enjoy him forever. The human race, however, is separated from God because of sin (and shame). Left to ourselves, we would never seek a relationship with God or fulfill the magnificent purpose for which we were created, but instead perish forever.
Jesus God the Son became a human being in the person of Jesus Christ. He lived a sinless life, obeying God's law fully, suffered and died on the cross for the sin and shame of His people, and was then physically raised from the dead on the third day. He did all of this to accomplish the salvation of His people. Jesus is returning to judge the living and the dead.
Salvation Salvation is received by faith in Jesus Christ alone, not by good works. Anyone who trusts and believes in Jesus' death and resurrection is forgiven and accepted by God, and is restored to a personal relationship with Him as a son or daughter.
Church We believe that all those, anywhere and in all times, who have trusted in Christ (the head of the church) as their savior make up the one true church. The purpose of the local church is to worship God, strengthen believers, and share the Good News of Christ.
Creeds and Confessions These and other truths are affirmed in various statements of faith, such as the Apostles Creed and Nicene Creed, from the early church. We also stand within the rich tradition of the Reformation of the sixteenth century, which is anchored in the gospel of grace. The Westminster Confession of Faith is a beautiful expression of the central teachings of the Bible, and has served as a guide to those in the Presbyterian tradition for understanding Scriptural doctrines since the seventeenth century.
Historic We are committed to the timeless message of the Bible, which was taught by the early church, and emphasized in the Protestant Reformation.
Progressive We believe that God's unchanging message is so life changing, satisfying, and fulfilling that it must be communicated to each generation in contemporary (culturally current) language, forms, and styles.
Unique This combination of a rich historical tradition communicated in culturally relevant forms is unique, and lends itself to an international scope. We have ministries working to plant churches throughout North America and throughout the world, with 330 new churches started in the past five years and 50 new works in multi-cultural/non-Anglo populations.
Redeemer Church is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America. You can read more about what we believe and follow as a church within that denomination here.