For the worship of Jesus in all things.
The ultimate goal of Redemption Church is to bring praise to God by living as his redeemed people, trophies of his grace, a picture of his greatness. Jesus has rescued us to new life by his cross and resurrection and it is our greatest joy to praise him for who he is and what he's done. The bible clearly explains that our worship is to be directed to Jesus alone. Everyone is always worshipping something, or, in other words, everyone has something ultimate in their life that they love, trust, hope in, and work for. We want to worship our King Jesus in everything we do; at work, home, or play, that he would be made great in our hearts and in this city. To do this demands we stop worshipping (read: trusting, serving, loving) the created things around us and worship Jesus alone, our Creator. This means we do not give ultimate love, respect, and honor to our families, finances, or freedoms, but to Jesus. He alone is our treasure. We do not exist for ourselves but to enjoy and point to Jesus in everything we do, no matter how mundane or ordinary.
By the redemption of Jesus in all things.
Can I make myself worship Jesus? The hard answer is, no, you can’t. And if everyone is always worshipping something, there’s no escape from the cycle. You can replace what you desire most, what you trust in, but you can never eliminate it. See, the Bible doesn’t lie to us about our true condition. It tells us that we have a problem, not just that we do bad things, but we want bad things, or want good things for the wrong reasons. We don’t give full love, honor, and respect to our Creator God in every part of our lives at all times, because we are giving that worship to everything else. And the harsh reality is, we have no way of rectifying this problem.
The good news is that God rescued us when we could not rescue ourselves. Jesus died in our place on a cross, and rose from the dead so that we could share in this new life. The only way to stop worshipping, trusting, and serving the things around us is to see Jesus as infinitely better: more trustworthy, more satisfying, and more glorious. This is redemption. It is the liberation from worshipping things that bring death, to worship the only One who brings life.
As we begin to worship Jesus and not the created things around us, we are radically changed, and we experience true, redeemed life. We view money, power, and relationships completely differently. Jesus has redeemed us, rules as our King, and our desire becomes for more of his redemption. There is no sphere of life that is unchanged by Jesus and as we worship him more completely, it is more fully expressed for the good and joy of those around us. Our only hope for true worship is to continually return to redemption.
Redemption Groups are small groups of people that live out the redemption of Jesus together in the rhythms of daily life. These communities are the life-blood of our church, the place where real life transformation happens. We believe God has given us a new identity in Jesus and Redemption Groups are made up of people living that new identity out together.