What is it like to live in community with the believers at Redeemer?  We'd love to have you join with us together for worship and fellowship so that we may give you a fuller answer to this question.  But, in order to give you a taste for what life is like at Redeemer, here are a few things to you can expect to find with us:

We, the members of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, in order to carry out God's mission and move forward together into the next century, profess our life together in Christ and our desire to set forth a united strategy for the work of His church.  We express our desire to continue to be a Presbyterian and Reformed church, committed to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and to the Bible as the Word of God.

Rooted in and shaped by a living tradition, we are part of the new creation in Christ which God is bringing into existence.  Therefore, we are committed to:

  • The worship of the Triune God.
  • The Holy Scriptures as the basis for our faith and activity.
  • Unity with other believers in Christ.
  • Excellence in education and equipping leaders for tomorrow.
  • Loving and caring for one another and for other people.
  • Spreading the Gospel to all parts of the world.
  • Evaluating and changing church structures and priorities in order to meet the challenges of the future while preserving the best of the past.

To this end and in humble reliance upon the enabling power of the Holy Spirit, we covenant together to pray steadfastly that God will open doors of opportunity so that we may declare the riches of Christ.  “Let us not grow weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap, if we do not lose heart” (Gal. 6:9).

From the minutes of the 1990 General Synod;
reaffirmed by the General Synod June 13, 2001.

1. We are impressed with the importance of biblical worship.
arp psalter
A visitor to our services might be inclined to call them "traditional" in style, but we have no desire to be traditional for its own sake. We do have an appreciation for Biblical and apostolic worship; and we are eager more and more to pattern our worship after biblical precepts and examples, to reflect both the reverence and exuberance of biblical worship, and to include in our worship as much of the Scripture itself - read, sung, prayed, and preached - as possible.  We believe the Psalms are unrivaled as a complete guide of spiritual life - precisely what God meant them to be. In them we find the whole range of human emotions and experiences.  The joy of praise, the pain of persecution, the comfort of sonship, the sorrow of death, the hope of heaven, and the cry for justice all find full expression, often with vivid realism.  We delight in making God's inspired psalms, along with hymns, a part of our weekly worship together.

2. We are delighted by the gift of the Lord's Day.
We believe that Sunday, the day of Christ's resurrection, is the day now set apart by God as holy. His purpose in this day is for our good, not merely that of rest and relaxation, but of spiritual refreshment through fellowship with God and his people. Though we have some mid-week opportunities for Bible study and fellowship, we have come to see that the single greatest opportunity for the Christian both to glorify God and to grow in grace is found in the assembling of the saints for worship together each Sunday. For this reason, we have two services of worship each Sunday, by which we frame the day and keep it holy.  We also encourage the families in our congregation to grow in grace by using the day for personal and family worship as well as seeking out ways of loving their neighbors through works of mercy.

3. We are dependent upon the means of grace.
Our spiritual life as Christians is entirely dependent upon the grace of God, and we are mindful that the way God imparts his grace to us by his Spirit is through his Word, baptism, the Lord's Supper, and prayer. Because the Word of God is of first importance in our spiritual growth, we have sought to make faithful expository preaching the centerpiece of our ministry. And because the regular celebration of the Lord's Supper is likewise essential to our ongoing communion with Christ, we eat and drink the Supper together each week, either in the morning or the evening worship service.  

4. We are earnest in the pursuit of corporate prayer.
One of the hallmarks of the early Church was their devotion to gathering for prayer (Acts 1:14; 12:5-12; 16:13), and we are eager enjoy the same Biblical commitment in our life together. We have devoted the hour following Sunday morning worship to a weekly prayer meeting. While the children are receiving instruction in Sunday School classes, the teenagers and adults are uniting in prayer in thankfulness for the worship just past, in praise and petition in light of the needs of the congregation, and in supplication for the advancement of Christ's kingdom in the earth.  We offer opportunities for questions about the sermon and pray that the sermon would find fertile soil in our hearts and application in our lives.  Each week we also focus the first part of our prayer meeting on a particular missionary and we often will have visiting missionaries give reports from the field.  The prayer meeting has become the "nerve center" of the communion of the saints at Redeemer Church.

5. We are conscious of our children's place with us in the covenant.
It is our Biblical conviction that God's covenant blessings are given both to us as believers, and to our children. They become members of the church with us as infants, by their baptism. We strongly desire that the heads of household in each family take the leadership in shepherding their families in their spiritual life together.  We encourage families to worship together both in their homes during family worship and in the church for our corporate time together each week.  Children are admitted to the Lord's Table when they desire to come and are able to make a profession of faith before the elders of the church. The Sunday School program is designed especially for them, to reinforce the Christian instruction of the home.

6. We are committed to a faithful diaconal ministry of mercy
We desire to foster the mutual care of the saints one for another and for the world through an active ministry of mercy overseen by the deacons of the church.   The deacons at Redeemer are active in serving the needs of the congregation and desire to encourage each family in seeking out ministry opportunities within the church and giving to others graciously and generously as the Lord has freely given to us.

7. We are devoted to the shepherding of the saints.
We believe that the elders of the church are elected and ordained "to keep watch over themselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made them overseers."   The elders of the church are accountable to Christ to speak the word of God to the members of the church and watch out for their souls even as Paul did from house to house.  We make it our goal for the elders of the church to meet with each family in the church at least once a year.  We seek to develop the spiritual life of the members, to challenge them to service and witness, to promote the communion of the saints, to encourage the believers in worship and the means of grace, and to build confidence in the authoritative, prayerful, and instructive care of the elders, who are called by our Lord to shepherd his sheep.

8. We are thrilled to be a part of the advancing of Christ's kingdom.
God has equipped the church to do all in our power to bring Christ's lordship to bear upon our city, our society, and even our world. We recognize that our worship services are not merely for our benefit, but are also God's means of convicting and converting those whom we bring with us. We recognize that our weekly labors represent the application of our skills and influences as Christians to bring about the will of God on earth as it is in heaven, in all areas of life. We recognize that one goal of Christian nurture is to raise our sons and daughters to "turn many to righteousness" and to be "the light of the world." We are grateful to be given the privilege of laboring with and for our risen King, and for his glory.