The word “Gospel” means “good news.” The good news of Jesus Christ proclaims that through faith in his sinless life, atoning death and glorious resurrection, Jesus offers to the world forgiveness of sins and a reconciled relationship with God. The Gospel, however, is not just about individual salvation; it is about the transformation of lives, communities and the world.
So, at Redeemer Anglican Church, teaching and living out the truth of God as contained in the Christian Scriptures (see Our Beliefs) is our primary function and we believe that when a heart is changed by the Gospel, the natural response is threefold: community, worship, and mission.
Jesus put a high priority on how his followers treated one another. In fact, he said, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another (John 13:35).” Why is this? Because the Gospel is all about relationships—both with God and with other people.
The Bible tells us that “God puts the lonely in families (Psalm 68:6).” The Gospel not only brings about reconciliation with God but also with one another. The church is the community of people that have experienced the transforming work of the Gospel and now love one another and serve the world. This is lived out through deep relationships that share a dedication to growth and discipleship, accountability in thought and action, sacrificial service, and generous living. The church is the family of God in the world. At Redeemer, we strive to love one another well and through hospitality and a welcoming spirit invite others into an experience of deep community as well.
When we are confronted with the glory and wonder of God, the response of our heart is to worship. His power, his majesty, his breadth and beauty and the depth of his love for us, cause a shaking in our souls. It is the privilege and joy of the Christian to show our love and awe of God. As his creation and his family who are fully indebted to his grace and mercy, we give him the glory he deserves. At Redeemer we worship God through Word and Sacrament, sharing in the ancient traditions of the church and experiencing the ongoing creative work of the Holy Spirit. We also give him our worship by offering our lives to his service (see Sundays: Word and Sacrament).
The transformational work of God’s Gospel is meant for the world, to bring healing and wholeness to all facets of life and society. At Redeemer, we long to share the good news of Jesus Christ in word and deed globally and locally. This means telling others about his saving deeds, living lives of intentional service to others, and working for social change as we strive for things on earth to be as they are in heaven.
The Gospel is about multiplication, so we hope we are disciples who make disciples and that we are a church that will plant more churches.
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is central to every aspect of our life and work together at Redeemer Anglican Church—it is both our message and our methodology.