God is at work for his own glory. His glory is our highest
aim and our greatest good. God has been and will continue to be at work,
building his church and his kingdom for his own glory and our task is to participate
in what he is doing.
God’s Truth: "A place shaped by Scripture!"
The Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God and is
our highest authority. We seek to be a Word-centered church, saturating our
life in Scripture. God’s Word shapes our theological identity. We make use of
creeds and confessions which unite us with the church around the world and
throughout the ages and which connect us to our Presbyterian and Reformed roots
and covenantal understanding of Scripture.
The gospel of grace is what brings us into a relationship
with God and what grows us to maturity in Christ. We will have ministries to
deepen our knowledge of God and our delight in his grace.
Worship is what we were created for. It is glorifying God
for who he is and the redemption he has accomplished through Jesus. That is
what is taking place in heaven right now and it is what the Church will do for
all of eternity. For this reason, worship is at the center of all that we do.
It is what everything else in the life of the church revolves around.
Worship gives us a place to express the whole range of human
emotions, but it is also primarily a formative experience where God actually
shapes our hearts and desires to conform us into the image of his Son.
Worship is where God gives us what we need
most. . . himself. Worship pumps the gospel through the church body
week after week, so that we are empowered to love and serve our neighbors and
Gospel-Centered Community: "A place it's okay to not be okay"
When God rescues people, he adopts them into his family, a
new community called the Church. The Church is called to be the most loving and
welcoming community on earth. In the midst of an individualistic culture, the
Church is called to build real relationships and to love and serve those around
us. Redeemer is not a community of people who have it all together. We are
people who know we need to be forgiven and healed. Whether you are convinced or
skeptical, committed or still searching, burned out or bored. . .
Redeemer welcomes you to explore our community and taste the grace and love of
Jesus, the Redeemer.
We believe that people of all ages are part of one
community. Jesus welcomed little children and our children are just as much a
part of the church as anyone else. So we will have ministries to serve our
children and welcome their presence with us.
Gospel-Driven Mission: "A place to belong before you believe"
We do not exist only for ourselves, but for those whom God
has called us to love and serve and to tell about the wondrous grace of God. We
exist to be a blessing to our neighbors, the City of Temple, and the world.
We aim to be a missional church, warmly extending our
welcome to seekers, skeptics, those who have been burned out by the church and
the world, those who are bored, and the spiritually hungry. We are a church for
the convinced and the unconvinced.
We expect and desire to have new people with us from all
walks of life, including those who do not yet believe. So we will seek to
communicate intelligibly and in a way that assumes their presence with us.
Importance of People, Place, and Culture
Redeemer exists to be a blessing to the City of Temple. We
desire to understand, engage the culture of our city and to love our community
well. We will seek to serve the people of our city in practical ways and to
engage the city with a message of hope through various avenues. We long to see
the redemption of Jesus extend to the hearts of sinners needing new life and
flow out to transform families, business, culture and every sphere of life.
We see the areas of need and brokenness as opportunities for
us to support, sacrifice, and serve, rather than overlook, alienate, and
Pursuit of Excellence
We graciously strive for excellence in all we do by
strategically and generously unleashing our time, talent, and resources.