“So what kind of church are you?”
It is common for members of Redeemer Church to get asked this question. Well, the name of our church is intended to communicate the source, subject, and center of our faith community – “Redeemer.” So what is redemption and who is the Redeemer? For that answer, we go to the Bible.
Redemption is deliverance from the power of an alien dominion and enjoyment of the resulting freedom. People who are redeemed experience deliverance from bondage to freedom. And they don’t do it on their own. Redemption is accomplished by an outside party. And it involves a ransom and a substitute. A ransom is a payment that is made to deliver someone from bondage. A substitute is something or someone that is offered as the ransom payment.
So when it comes to spiritual redemption we can say that “redemption is deliverance from the bondage of sin to the freedom of life with God by the perfect substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ.” The amazing thing about this spiritual redemption is that Jesus is the Redeemer, the ransom payment, and the substitute all in one. He is the outside party who comes to redeem us. He is the ransom payment. And He is the substitute. Instead of us paying the penalty for our sin, He takes our place and experiences the penalty that we deserve.
Jesus is our Redeemer. He has delivered us from bondage to freedom – from rebellion to worship, from isolation to fellowship, from depravity to discipleship, from selfishness to mission.
So what kind of church is Redeemer? We are a church that centers our ministry on the Redeemer (Jesus Christ). We celebrate our relationship with the Redeemer (worship). We love each other in the way the Redeemer has loved us (fellowship). We train people to joyfully follow the Redeemer (discipleship). We go and proclaim the message of the Redeemer to those who need Him (mission).
Key Scripture Passages that reveal Jesus as our Redeemer include:
Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Galatians 3:13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”).
Galatians 4:4-5 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.
Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.
1 Peter 1:18-19 …You were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
Revelation 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation”