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. 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 upon acceptance creates a new community of people who covenant to live life together as a new family called the church. Like the early church, we gather for corporate worship 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 veracity and power of the gospel. It is changing our community.
The gospel also calls us to be a part of God’s mission to reclaim lives.. Just as God seeks to glorify himself through redeeming worshipers and restoring all things, we 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 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.