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As indicated on our home page, we at Redeemer Reformed seek to be described as thoroughly scriptural, boldly Reformed, and safely in Christ. These shape not only our message, but the entirety of life.
We believe that the Holy Bible is God’s Word and the ultimate authority for our lives. Even more, it is the unfolding drama of God’s redemption of the world to Himself through Jesus Christ. Instead of mining the Bible for “truths,” we read all of it, Genesis through Revelation, as a unity of the covenantal purposes of God. Just as the Book of Acts says of Jesus: “Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself,” so we seek to do the same.
To be thoroughly scriptural means that we don’t treat Jesus like the prize at the bottom of the box of kids’ cereal; rather, He is the whole box, all the contents, and the prize.
We subscribe to the biblical doctrines that were emphasized by the Reformers such as John Calvin and Martin Luther. We also actually teach and preach them. We believe classical Reformed theology is the best expression of the sovereignty of God in all things including our salvation, of the Holy Trinity and how this archetype of covenantal relationship orders all our relationships, of the efficacy and power of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and so on.
To be boldly Reformed means that Reformed doctrine is not just something you’ll read about on our website or that the pastor holds privately but doesn’t talk about much. Instead, it is put right up front for all to consider, learn, and savor.
Safely in Christ
We cherish that there is nothing greater in life and in death than to be safely in Christ. This might sound initially like we mean assurance of salvation. While we certainly believe that none can snatch us from His hand, we also mean by this phrase that we are counted righteous in Him (not simply by Him). Christ’s entire life of obedience is imputed to us, including his death on the cross, and in exchange, our sins are imputed to Him. Christ’s resurrection is God’s heralding verdict of “Not Guilty!” This verdict is also the verdict of our innocence in Christ.
We are safely in Christ and expect by faith to be treated as He is treated. This frees us to hope positively in the future both for ourselves personally and for the Church until the knowledge of the glory of the Lord covers the earth as the waters cover the sea.