What We Believe
"And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Redeemer Presbyterian Church exists to proclaim Christ and Him crucified, to live as disciples of Christ, and to make disciples of Christ.
Redeemer Presbyterian Church confesses the Holy Scripture as summarized by the Westminster Standards. We confess that the 66 books of the Old and New Testament are the only rule for faith and practice in the Christian Church. However, the truths of Scripture have been faithfully and helpfully summarized in the Westminster Confession of faith, and the companion documents of the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms. Oftentimes, when getting to know a church the common question we might have is: “What do you believe about_____?” The Westminster Confession of Faith is a great resource for understanding what we at Redeemer confess and believe.
"Christianity begins with a momentous declaration. It does not begin by telling the sinner what he must do; it begins by telling the sinner what God has done."
John Carrick, The Imperative of Preaching
The following is a summary of what we confess:
Scripture Alone: The 66 Books of the Old and New Testament are the inspired, inerrant and infallible Word of God. The Bible is the only rule of faith and practice in the Christian Church. Our preaching, our teaching and our practice all comes from the revelation of God found in the Bible. At Redeemer, the Bible stands at the center of who we are and what we do.
Grace Alone: “For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith (Rom. 3:23-25).” Grace is God’s free gift of everlasting life and communion with Him. We do nothing to earn this gift, nor could we. This gift of grace is granted freely to those who put their faith only in Jesus Christ.
Faith Alone: Faith is knowledge, assent, and trust that our righteousness before God and our hope of glory are not found in what we have done, but in what Jesus Christ has done for us in His life, death, and resurrection. While we receive the saving grace of God through no other means than faith alone, we confess that even faith is a gift given by God and not a work we do.
Christ Alone: Saving faith must have an object, and the only object of saving faith is Jesus Christ. “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me (John 14:6).” This is the exclusive claim which Jesus Christ has made: it is impossible to have a relationship with God the Father apart from His Son, Jesus Christ.
The Glory of God Alone: Salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone. From first to last, our salvation is a work of God and it is marvelous in our eyes! While we receive eternal benefits from God’s lavish generosity, we confess that we are not saved for our own glory but for the glory of God alone. But what a marvelous wonder that God has chosen to glorify Himself by glorifying those who place their faith in Jesus Christ!