Christianity begins with a momentous declaration. It does not begin by telling the sinner what he must do; it begins by telling the sinner what God has done."
- John Carrick, The Imperative of Preaching
As a Church and as a denomination, we affirm the accepted teachings of historic Christianity as defined by the Apostles’ Creed and the great ecumenical councils of the first millennium of Christian history (i.e., the councils of Nicea, Chalcedon, Constantinople, and others). In this regard, we are united to all true believers throughout space and time, in heaven and on earth. Our denominational affiliation and convictions on secondary matters do not undermine or overshadow our fundamental unity with the universal church.
We believe that the Gospel - the good news of what God has done to save sinners in and through Jesus Christ - is the heart of Christianity. This good news focuses on the person and work of Jesus Christ, who has provided forgiveness of sins, salvation, and eternal life. We can never work our way up to God, but he has come down to us! At Redeemer we strive to preach this Gospel, teach this Gospel, and live this Gospel, to the best of our ability.
Westminster doctrines are summarized in the following points:
- The Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice.
- There is one God, eternal and self-existing in three persons (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) who are to be equally loved, honored, and adored.
- All mankind participated in Adam's fall from his original sinless state and is thus lost in sin and totally helpless.
- The Sovereign God, for no other reason than His own unfathomable love and mercy, has chosen lost sinners from every nation to be redeemed by the quickening power of the Holy Spirit and through the atoning death and resurrection of His son, Jesus Christ.
- Those sinners whom theSpirit renews, come to believe in Christ as Savior by the Word of God, are born again, become sons of God, and will persevere to the end.
- Justification is by faith and through it the undeserving sinner is clothed with the righteousness of Christ.
- The goal of God's salvation in the life of the Christian is holiness, good works, and service for the glory of God.
- At death the Christian's soul passes immediately into the presence of God and the unbeliever's soul is eternally separated from God unto condemnation.
- Baptism is a sign of God's covenant and is properly administered to children of believers in their infancy as well as to those who come as adults to trust in Christ.
- Jesus Christ will return to earth, visibly and bodily, at a time when He is not expected, to consummate history and the eternal plan of God.
- The Gospel of God's salvation in Jesus Christ must be proclaimed to all the world as a witness before Jesus Christ returns.