The gospel is the good news that God is redeeming people for himself and restoring his good creation through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The gospel is the power of God to change lives and renew cultures. It will motivate everything we do as a church. It will change the way we love, give, serve, speak, parent, and view others. 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 creates a new community of people who covenant to live life together as the church. Like the early church, we will gather for corporate worship and in smaller groups outside the church throughout the week. We will 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 one another, pray for one another, support one another, rejoice with one another, and bear one another’s burdens. As we live in community we will point to the veracity and power of the gospel.
The gospel also calls us to be a part of God’s mission. Just as God seeks to glorify himself through redeeming worshipers and restoring his good creation, we will seek to glorify him by declaring and displaying the gospel 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 nations. We will also labor sacrificially for the good of our city and the world by engaging in deeds of mercy. Ultimately, we desire to play our part in God’s mission of redemption by planting churches from FallRiver to the ends of the earth.