About Redeeming Grace Church
GOSPEL-CENTERED

Our overarching priority is to be Gospel-centered.

In simple, everyday terms, the best way to summarize what this means is to say: It's the polar opposite of being self-centered. To be Gospel-centered is to go against the grain of the consumerism and self-absorption of pop-culture. What follows will explain what this means on a practical level.

Our constant aim is to be a Gospel-centered church. That means that death and resurrection of Jesus, the Son of God, is the centerpiece of our identity and purpose, our fellowship and worship, and our message and  mission.

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek." (Romans 1:16)

  • note: "to the Jew first and also to the Greek" means the Gospel came first to those of Jewish descent and then spread outward from there.

"And he (Jesus) went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people." (Matthew 4:23)


The following six principles draw out the details of what it means to be Gospel-centered.

(1.) GLORY OF GOD-FOCUSED

God's glory is the showcase of his character and works. We aim to be focsused on his glory rather than our own.


"So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31)

(2.) CHRIST-EXALTING

The primary way God showcases his character and works is through Jesus, and most clearly in the death of Jesus. The crucifixion of Jesus is the ultimate showcase of both God's love and God's righteousness, or, his holy justice. Therefore, we aim to lift up Christ in word and deed for all to see.


"In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." (1 John 4:10)

"Christ Jesus, [25] whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. [26] It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus." (Romans 3:25-26)


  • note: "Propitiaion" is a sacrifice that absorbs and turns away God's judgment so that others will never have to face it. Think about a word you already know, "initiation." An initiation begins something, a propitiation deflects something. Or, "demonstration," which shows or displays something. Initiation enters into something; demonstration shows off something; propitiation turns away something. Jesus' death on the cross makes propitiation for the sins of anyone who believes in him for forgiveness and fellowship with God.

(3.) BIBLE-SATURATED

Since the Bible is the source-book for teaching about Jesus and his work for us, naturally, the Bible is the foundation stone of our beliefs. Our teaching and preaching will come directly from the Bible and not human speculation. We aim to give you teaching rich with real and relevant Spiritual meaning and truth, not shallow or superficial pep-talks or entertainment-type public speaking.

"Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." (Psalm 119:105)

"For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." (Hebrews 4:12)

(4.) SPIRIT-FILLED

We cannot do any of the above on our own strength and wisdom. We need God. We want to live for God and have an impact for God in our communities and world, but this cannot even begin to happen apart from the transorming, life-givine power of God's Holy Spirit.


"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, [23] gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23)

"With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, [3] eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. [4] There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call." (Ephesians 4:2-4)

(5.) MISSION-DRIVEN

The only way we can truly be about all of the above is by having a heart for people to know God. We are called to be followers of Jesus who make followers of Jesus. God has tasked us with sharing the Gospel locally, regionally, and globally. Our mission is to do just that.


"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." (Matthew 28:19)

"Then Jesus told his disciples, 'If anyone would be my disciple, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. [25] For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. [26] For hat will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?'" (Matthew 16:24-26)

"You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

"Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matthew 6:33)