Our Theological Identity
The theological identity of a church is what the church believes. It is the church’s “non-negotiables” or what the ministry of the church is built upon. Redeemer’s theological identity is summarized in the words Reformed and Presbyterian. Therefore the leadership of Redeemer must enthusiastically embrace the following four theological commitments, for a church cannot build its “house” on different foundations.
The Authority of Scripture
We hold to the absolute authority and sufficiency of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inerrant Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice, which centers on the Word of God become flesh - Jesus Christ.
The Reformed Faith
We are committed to the historic Reformed faith as expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), as containing the system of doctrine taught in the Holy Scriptures. Other helpful Reformed theological summaries that might be more commonly known (and in some cases more commonly misunderstood) are The Five Points of Calvinism and The Five Solas of the Reformation.
The gospel of Jesus Christ is the redemptive power of God for unleashing heaven upon fallen humanity. The gospel is good news about what Jesus has done not good advice about what we do. In the gospel message Jesus graciously reveals himself (shows up) bringing a finished comprehensive redemption or salvation with Him – justification, sanctification, and glorification. When Jesus shows-up in the gospel message the Holy Spirit produces faith, life, worship, life-change, community, and ministry instantaneously (or on the spot) in its hearers. The gospel alone unleashes the redeeming life and power of God that creates, grows, and one day finally brings the church home to the purpose and fulfillment of her existence – to perfectly enjoy God and God’s people in God’s place forever.
The church exists to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. God is the life-giving fountain of living water that man was created to drink from and the church was redeemed to enjoy. The incomparable or holy Triune God is the center and end of all things, including the church. Therefore, God’s glory and His peoples’ good are the same pursuit colliding or meeting in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Reformed & Presbyterian