At Redeeming Grace, we place a premium on what God's Word says about the church. We want to emphasize what the Bible says church life should look like. To that end, we pray that our church will be known in Goodyear, the West Valley, and beyond by these eight priorities:
In order for our church to glorify God and grow into spiritual maturity, the gospel must remain at the center of our life together. The message of Jesus Christ’s sinless life, substitutionary death, and bodily resurrection is not only good news for non-Christians, it is essential for the life of God’s people. There is nothing in the life of a church that should rival the proclamation and application of the gospel.
The preaching of God’s Word is the lifeblood of his church. At Redeeming Grace, we intentionally design our structure and practices to enable the preaching of God’s Word to be the focal point of our church. We believe that the main diet of our preaching ministry should be expositional preaching–preaching that faithfully exposes the biblical text on its own terms. Ideally, the main point of the scripture text becomes the main point of the sermon, applied to the lives of the congregation. We want Redeeming Grace Church to be a people that prioritizes the preached Word and eagerly responds to it in faith-filled obedience.
Worship is about what we value most–what we ascribe worth to in our lives (The word literally was formed from “worth-ship”). When we gather together, it should be obvious from our engagement in what is going on that the Lord is the treasure of our hearts. While our gatherings will have a distinctly vertical dimension in its orientation toward God, it is not meant to be our personal quiet time! There is also a significant horizontal aspect, as we teach one another through our singing. Our singing, prayers, Scripture reading, and listening to the sermon are not merely for worship, but for edification. They are designed to lift up Jesus Christ and build up his people.
Discipleship is simply the process of helping one another grow in Christian maturity in the image of Christ. At Redeeming Grace, we want our discipleship to be both deep and deliberate. We want our people to flourish in their knowledge of the Scripture and theology so that the roots of their faith grow deep and strong. We have created a discipleship infrastructure for this type of growth to happen. Here are the discipleship priorities for every church member:
- Corporate worship
- Corporate prayer
- Home groups
- Other things (Discipleship class, men’s and women’s groups, 1-to-1 discipleship)
One of primary marks of a Christian is his or her self-giving, sacrificial love for God’s people in the community of faith. We want to be known as a church full of people who selflessly serve one another, humbly mute their extra-biblical preferences, generously open their homes and resources to one another, and eagerly minister within the body of Christ. As we serve one another, our church will build itself up in love, and those without Jesus will recognize that we are followers of Jesus.
There are few more important things that a church can do together than pray. In the New Testament, we not only see the priority of personal prayer, but also the priority of corporate prayer. As the body gathers regularly to pray, we will have increasing ways to praise God for answers to prayer, to see him at work in our midst, to express our care for each other, and to cry out to the Lord for his help as we seek to be faithful ministers of the gospel in the West Valley and around the world. To that end, we fill our gatherings with prayer, and we set aside the first Sunday evening of each month, every other month, for a corporate prayer meeting.
King Jesus has given each of us the assignment and the privilege to be his ambassador to a world in need of him. We want our members to increasingly know and be able to articulate the gospel, to develop gospel oriented relationships, and to seize opportunities to proclaim the good news to those around them. Our church schedule is pretty mere, and one of the reasons for its simplicity is to free up our members to weave their lives into the lives of those who need Jesus.
We believe that the mission of the church is found in Jesus’ “Great Commission” to his disciples before he ascended. The church of Jesus Christ is to make disciples among the nations, knowing that our God is gathering a people for himself from every tribe, tongue, and nation. Our missions philosophy is to support strategic gospel workers well - through finances, support, and visits for ministry and care. Our hope is that many will go out from our body to proclaim the gospel and help establish churches among the nations!