The bible is a story of good news called the gospel. It declares that God is redeeming/rescuing people for himself and restoring all things through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Mankind needs forgiveness and goodness that the bible calls righteousness to stand accepted before a Holy God. They are both found through a person named Jesus. The gospel is the story of the power of God changing lives and renewing cultures. It motivates everything we do as a church. It changes the way we love, give, serve, speak, parent, and view all of life. Because we know God and his gospel through the Bible, we will saturate everything we do with God’s Word. Ultimately, to say we value the gospel is to say we treasure Christ more than anything life can give or death can take away.
The gospel story when embraced/believed creates a new community of people who agree to live life together as a new family called the church. Like the early church, we gather for corporate worship on Sunday and in smaller groups outside the church throughout the week. We strive to be a diverse and friendly community of faith welcoming people of all backgrounds and ethnicities. Because Jesus said that our love for one another demonstrates that we belong to him, we will serve, pray for, support, rejoice, and bear one another’s burdens. As we live in community we will point to the truth and power of the gospel. It is changing the people in our community.
The gospel also calls us to be a part of God’s mission to change lives. Just as God seeks to glorify himself through people, he is moving to change all things. We as a church will seek to glorify him by declaring and displaying the gospel outside the church in our neighborhoods, workplaces, and social networks. This means that every member of Redemption Fellowship will live like a missionary by striving to make disciples of all peoples. We will also labor sacrificially for the good of our city and the world by engaging in deeds of kindness and mercy. Ultimately, we desire to play our part in God’s mission of redemption by planting churches from Fall River to the ends of the earth.