Get to know Redeemer Bible Church in Gilbert Arizona
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Redeemer Bible church exists...
To help people know love and serve Jesus Christ
Making disciples is huge task, which means it’s easy to get sidetracked. With that in mind, we’ve tried to summarize Matthew 28:19-20 with this short, memorable mission statement:
REDEEMER BIBLE CHURCH IS HERE TO HELP PEOPLE KNOW, LOVE & SERVE JESUS CHRIST
Those words connect our mission to the Great Commission:
Know = “baptizing” Love = “teaching them to observe” Serve = “go”
In everything we do, we want God to use our lives to help people come to know Jesus in salvation (John 17:3; Phil 3:8-9), grow in their love for Him as they follow His teachings (John 14:15, 21, 23) and serve Him as we go and care for others in our families, job, schools, church, city, county, state and even around the world (Acts 1:8; Rom 12:9-13; 1 Pet 4:10).
This is why Redeemer exists. This is what we’re all about. This is what we’re striving with God’s strength to be and do. So, if making disciples and loving the East Valley sounds like the kind of church you want to be a part of, join us this Sunday at 9am or 10:45am.
Our Core Values
Our hope and constant prayer is that this list of values will shape the people that call Redeemer Bible Church their home.
A High View of God
This is not a church that tones God down, turning Him into our life coach, pal, therapist or genie. We make a huge mistake whenever we bring Him down to our level and begin to think He is just like us (Num 23:19, Ps 50:21). Instead, we want to make Him look good in all we do (1 Cor 10:31; Eph 3:20-21). We want everyone to see Him for who He truly is (John 17:3), in all His majesty, holiness and greatness, as our Creator, Owner, Standard, Master, Father and King.
The Bible Determines Everything
The 66 books of the Bible are our sole authority in all matters concerning a person’s salvation and growth thereafter (2 Pet 1:2-4). This is not a church that looks inside ourselves or to other outside sources for direction from God (2 Pet 1:16-19). This means the Bible alone dictates what we think, do and teach because God is the ultimate source of the Bible (2 Tim 3:16-4:2; 2 Pet 1:20-21).
This is not a church that sees the Gospel, the good news of Jesus’ perfect life (Heb 4:15, 7:26), substitutionary death (Mark 10:45, 2 Cor 5:21) and victorious resurrection in loving response to our sin, as something to move beyond, ever (1 Cor 15:3; Phil 1:21). We agree with Tim Keller, who wrote, “The gospel is not the first ‘step’ in a ‘stairway’ of truths, rather, it is more like the ‘hub’ in a ‘wheel’ of truth” (from his article, “The Centrality of the Gospel”) and with John Owen (1616-1683), who wrote, “Holiness is nothing but the implanting, writing and realizing of the Gospel in our souls” (Works 3:370).
Dependence on God in Prayer
This is not a church that thinks we can accomplish everything God wants us to accomplish, both personally and together, in our own strength. Prayerlessness is pride. We devote ourselves to prayer (Col 4:2) to affirm that God alone makes disciples who know, love and serve Jesus (Matt 28:19-20), and gives us love for our Valley, so that all credit belongs to Him when any of that is accomplished through us.
This is not a preference-driven church that exists for its own comfort. To be a Christian is to love (John 13:34-35, Col 3:14). Like Jesus, God has sent each of us (John 17:18, 20:21) to the places where we live, work, study, play and worship to be sacrificial workers for the good of those we interact with.
This is not a church for spectators or consumers. All of us here are players on the field, not fans in the stands, so you will always be challenged, unashamedly, to do your part (Eph 4:16) with your time (Heb 10:25), your talents (i.e., gifts, skills, passions, etc.; Rom 12:6, 1 Cor 12:14-26) and your treasure (i.e., finances, possessions, etc.; 2 Cor 8:1-9, Gal 6:6), to help others know, love and serve Jesus.
This is not a church that is trying to reproduce itself. Disciples are followers of Jesus (Mark 1:14-20), who know Him in a saving relationship, who love Him by observing everything He commanded, and serve Him by going into their world with His example and His mission as their own (Matt 28:19-20). We want to make healthy followers of Jesus who are growing in our love for God, family, work, church and the lost and are also helping others do the same.
This is not a church that values church-hopping, lone rangers (Heb 10:24-25). Based on biblical metaphors for the church like a body, a family and a building, there is an expectation that each of us is “doing life” with others at Redeemer, all ages, all races, all socioeconomic groups – everyone knowing and caring for one another (1 Cor 12:25-26; Eph 2:19-22).
This is not a church that values people who rule down on others or treat people like cogs in the ministry machine. If Jesus Himself did not come to be served, but to serve so should anyone who aspires to leadership here (Mark 10:42-45). Humble, sacrificial, qualified (1 Tim 3:1-13 and Titus 1:5-9), others-focused, disciple-making, contributors are the kinds of people we want leading our church, working on our staff, serving in our ministries and being examples to our kids.