“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” (Abraham Kuyper, Dutch theologian, 1837-1920)
“For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen” (Mathew 6:13; the end of the “Lord’s Prayer”).
“For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9)
At Redeemer, we invite you to join us in pursuing God’s Kingdom in four specific ways:
TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE FUTURE – The heart of the gospel or good news is that Jesus is King! The New Testament tell us this gospel opens up a new creation and leads to joyful confidence that God is answering the “Lord’s Prayer”, causing His will to be done on earth as it in heaven. We love the future and believe God calls and enables us to take responsibility for it until the final day Jesus returns to make all things right.
INVESTING IN FUTURE GENERATIONS – God calls us to express our love of the future by blessing and training the next generation as “arrows in the hands of a warrior” who will live joyfully and courageously for King Jesus. We do this by pursuing household leadership and training, worship and teaching that include the children, discipleship for daily fruit in household relationships, and creative and grassroots ministry that builds family life and that expresses the gifts of our members. Scripture indicates it is crucial that God’s Kingship, His “Mine,” take root in household life and then spread out from there.
STUDYING THE WHOLE BIBLE – We are committed to working through the Bible on a regular basis in order to grow in the knowledge of Christ, in understanding His Lordship over all of life, and in how to spread that Lordship. The whole Bible and the whole Christ is for ALL of God’s people (not just religious “professionals” and scholars); indeed it is crucial for God’s people in knowing and living God’s “Mine.”
TRANSFORMING WORSHIP – God loves for His church to come together for worship. We adopt patterns that we see in Scripture and throughout most of church history that are participatory, joyful, full of song, and full of God’s word. One historical pattern we follow is to celebrate the Lord’s Supper, or “Eucharist,” weekly. Through the celebration of the meal Jesus gave us, God’s Spirit feeds and strengthens us and our children in Christ’s death and resurrection glory and continues to form us as His body; a body full of people who, in Christ and by grace, happily give over every inch of our existence to God’s kingdom purposes.