Who We Are
Redeemer is a church focused first and foremost on the “Good News” of Jesus Christ. His life, death, and resurrection is at the center of all that we teach. He was a real historical person and truly God came to earth. He brought the Kingdom of God near in His ministry, by divine healing, miracles, and teaching. He called people to repent of their sins. People rejected Him and finally had Him crucified. After three days He rose from the grave. He defeated death for us. Later He ascended into heaven and poured out the Holy Spirit on His followers to empower them to continue His ministry to bring new life to a dying world and people. One day Jesus will return to this world and make all things new. Until He returns we proclaim this true account of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
The mission of Redeemer Lutheran Church is to be a community of Christ followers that care through Christ for each other, our community, and to “the ends of the earth”.
We believe the Bible is God’s Word to us to show us Jesus and that through Jesus we have eternal life (John 20:21-22). The Bible is God’s narrative of salvation, written over a period of 1500 years, by various human authors, who wrote down what God wants us to know.
Being Lutheran means we hold to the confessional documents in the Book of Concord from the 16th century. Martin Luther inspired the Reformation of the Church by his writing when he rediscovered “the Gospel”. The teaching of Luther and the Reformers can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace Alone, Faith Alone, and Scripture Alone. Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Sola Scriptura.
God loves the people of the world even when they do not deserve it. Instead of living how God desires, we sin and rebel against Him. Yet in His love He sent His son, Jesus to love the unlovable and to save the ungodly. All this was an act of divine grace, and it is by that grace we are saved. It’s not about our works, but God’s work in Jesus. It’s a free gift.
By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness for every person who has ever lived, is now living and who will live. Those who hear the “Good News” and believe it have the eternal life Jesus offers. Faith holds on to the promise of God in Jesus. “By grace you are saved through faith.”
The Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word. In it He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Christ. This Scripture is the sole rule and norm for Christian teaching and life.
Three in one. Redeemer teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all things; Jesus Christ, His only son, true God and true man; and the Holy Spirit, who creates and sustains faith through God’s Word and mysterious power of the Sacraments. Jesus was sent into the world to die for the sins and failures of all human beings and to rise to life again in the greatest victory ever on Easter morning, having defeated death and the devil for us. All three persons of the Trinity are coequal and eternal. None is greater than the other. Three persons in one God.
The Lords Supper is a special meal for confessing and believing Christians. As Lutheran Christians we believe that Christ’s body and blood are really present and in this meal. Jesus forgives our sins and strengthens our union with Him and each other. If you trust His words, repent of your sin, and set aside any refusal to forgive and love as He forgives and loves, we urge to receive this wonderful gift. We usually celebrate the Lord’s supper on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, as well as festival Sundays.
Baptism is a special gift from God, where He pours out His grace and Spirit upon us. It marks us as His children and creates and strengthens faith. In baptism God makes promises to us; to forgive our sin, wash away our blemishes, save us from eternal death, and give us a clean conscience as His children. If you want to know more about baptism please contact Pastor Widger.
We are dedicated to a ministry of prayer through a relationship with Jesus Christ. We come before our God and share all our needs with Him. He hears our prayers not because of our own worthiness or merit, but simply because He is first and foremost a God of mercy and grace. He’s not impressed by fancy words, techniques, or postures when praying, but simply hears us when we cry out to Him with simple childlike faith. If you are in need of prayer, please share your needs with Pastor Widger in person or by email. He will pray over every request each week. You may also send your prayer requests to our prayer chain, who are dedicated to offering up to the Lord intercessory prayers for those who have need.
“Receive God’s gracious gifts in worship with us.”