Redeeming Grace church in Grant County Washington has a passion to be a God-centered, Bible-saturated, Spirit-filled, Family-integrated, Evangelistically-active church. Our main ambition is to be a church that is captivated by, motivated by, and ever-increasingly transformed by the glory of God revealed in the Lord Jesus Christ. We exalt Christ and His work of salvation as the central theme of our preaching, our fellowship, and of our witness to the world.
We believe, cherish, and preach the “Apostle’s doctrine” (Acts 2:42) which we see summarized beautifully in the 5 Solas of the Reformation (see below). These were the foundational truths that rocked the Western world during the 16th century, when God was awakening people and delivering souls from the chains of a dead Roman Catholicism. Consequently, we rejoice in the power of the Gospel and reject any and all beliefs or practices that in effect eclipse the glory of the Gospel; we have a holy fear of our Almighty God; we submit ourselves to the Lordship of Christ; and we cling to the absolute sovereignty of God over all things as our hope and security in life.
To learn more about what we believe the Bible teaches, our church doctrinal statement is the Baptist Faith and Message 2000. To be a member of Redeeming Grace church a person must be in general agreement with the the BF&M (www.sbc.net/bfm/bfm2000.asp). Additionally, our pastors are required to hold to the Abstract of Principles (www.founders.org/abstract.
As stated earlier, our Faith as a church is summarized in the 5 Solas of the Reformation. The word “Sola” is Latin for Alone or Only. The 5 Solas are: Sola Gratia (Grace Alone), Sola Fide (Faith Alone), Solus Christus (Christ Alone), Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone), and Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone). These biblical truths are the very heart and life-blood of true Christianity.
Due to the fact that we are all by nature spiritually dead and under the wrath of God (Eph. 2:1-3), we believe that salvation is and must be, from beginning to end, planned, accomplished, and applied by the grace of God. Human free will has been taken captive to sin (Jn. 8:34) and does nothing, of itself, but fight God and His will (Rom. 8:7-8). We are helpless and hopeless left to ourselves. But God, who is rich in mercy, raises the spiritual dead to life, opens our blind eyes, draws us to Himself, transforms our nature, fills us with His Spirit, forgives our sins, makes us His sons and daughters, empowers our on-going obedience, protects us from evil, and preserves us all the way to final glory (1 Thess. 5:23-24)!
By the grace of God we’re saved through trusting in Jesus and His work, and not by anything that we have done, could do, or will do (Rom. 3:24-26). Faith is the instrument through which we are united to Christ. Faith itself doesn’t save us, but rather it is the looking away from our self and entrusting of our self entirely to the mercy and power of Christ. Even faith is a gift of God (Eph. 2:8). The on-going component of salvation, which is progressive sanctification, is achieved by grace through faith just as the initial point of conversion is.
In the eternal plan of God, it was decreed that the eternal Son of God be born a man to live among us, die as our covenant representative, and to rise from the dead victorious over satan, sin, death, and hell, as our Savior (Acts 2:23-24; 4:27-28). And that is exactly what He did (1 Cor. 15:1-5)! Salvation isn’t ultimately a joint effort between God and man. Salvation is the gracious, powerful, and effectual accomplishment and work of Christ (Matt. 1:21). God’s elect are saved by Jesus Christ and by Him alone. No one can improve upon His perfect redemption. No one can build upon the righteousness that He offers as a gift. No one can empty His work of it’s power! Jesus not only delivers His people from the penalty of sin, but also from the power of sin (Rom. 6:3-7).
The church’s supreme authority for all matters of faith and practice is the Bible. The sole infallible rule for doctrine and practice is the Bible. Only the Bible is “God breathed” (2 Tim. 3:16). Christ Himself stood upon the Scripture as the supreme, final, inerrant, perfect word of God (Matt. 4:1-11). Pastors and church’s that abandon the absolute authority of the Scriptures for church growth fads, psychological pop science, trendy ideas, new innovations, secular or religious philosophy, etc., are dishonoring God, devaluing the power of God, and leading souls astray.
Glory to God Alone:
The chief purpose for all things, including our salvation, is the glory of God (Rom. 11:36). God is the Creator, Sustainer, Governor, and Redeemer of the universe. He works all things according to the counsel of His will (Eph. 1:11). His eternal plan is unstoppable (Dan. 4:34-35). God is perfect in every way and is therefore worthy of al glory, honor, and praise. In His astonishing love, God has chosen an innumerable multitude of people, freely lavishing His grace upon us, all “to the praise of His glory” (Eph. 1:14). God has designed everything to magnify His glorious grace in such a way that His people would forever delight in Him. Hence, all true Christians recognize that we can boast in God and in Him alone (1 Cor. 1:31). To grow in our understanding of this Gospel truth liberates our hearts from the love of sin and enables us to live in glad submission to the reign of Jesus Christ.
Christian Ministry is an Impossibility apart from the Power of God: All men of every culture are born radically depraved (Romans 3:10-18), at enmity with God (Romans 8:7), and restraining the truth (Romans 1:18). The conversion of a man and the advancement of missions are an absolute impossibility apart from the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit in the regeneration of the individual and the life of the church (1 Thessalonians 1:4; 1 Corinthians 1:18-20; Ephesians 2:1-10). Many church growth strategies and mission methodologies often overlook this essential truth.
The Scriptures are Sufficient: The Scriptures are the source and standard for our doctrine, ethics, and ministry. In this, we mean that the Scriptures are not only inspired and infallible, but they are also sufficient. They are all that is needed so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work (II Timothy 3:16-17). In our desire to fulfill the Great Commission, we will employ those means, strategies, and methodologies which are afforded us in the Scriptures. The more we stray from the biblical standard and rely upon our own ingenuity or cleverness, the less we will see of the power of God and the advancement of His kingdom! It is a contradiction to employ unbiblical means in order to propagate biblical truth. It is equally dangerous to employ means that are not warranted by the Scriptures in order to fulfill the very tasks the Scriptures assign to us.
Prayer is an Absolute Necessity: The impossible work of evangelism, spiritual growth, and missions can be accomplished only through the power and wisdom of God. Therefore, prayer must be at the forefront of all our ministry endeavors. The first stanzas of the Lord’s Prayer prove the necessity of prayer for the advancement of the Great Commission: “Our Father who is in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9-10). Furthermore, we are to pray for laborers (Matthew 9:37-38), open doors (Colossians 4:3), and clarity and boldness in proclamation of the Gospel (Colossians 4:4; Acts 4:29-30). According to Jesus, it is through prayer that we bear much fruit and so prove to be His disciples (John 15:7-8, 16). All the missionary strategies and zealous activities in the world cannot compensate for prayerlessness!
A True Gospel must be Proclaimed: The Gospel itself is the power of God for salvation (Romans 1:16), and the preaching of the Gospel is the great “means” and “methodology” of Christian ministry. The Gospel is, first and foremost, God in Christ reconciling the world to Himself (II Corinthians 5:19). It answers the eternal question of how a holy and just God can rightly justify wicked people (Romans 3:26). It points to Christ alone, who bore our sins upon the cross, was forsaken of God, and crushed under the full force of His just wrath against sin. The Good News of the Gospel is that Christ’s death satisfied the justice of God and won salvation for all who, by His grace, repent and believe. This is evidenced by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead: “He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification” (Romans 4:25).
The Gospel Transcends Every Culture: The greatest need of every person in every culture is the clear proclamation of the Gospel (Romans 1:16). People are saved through the Gospel and grow in sanctification through the full counsel of God’s Word (John 17:17; Acts 20:20-28). Although differences in culture should be considered (1 Corinthians 9:19-23), Christians need to be biblically sensitive and only culturally sensitive insofar as it promotes holiness, love, and salvation. A missionary was once asked how he preached the Gospel to a certain remote tribe. He declared, “I do not preach the Gospel to a remote tribe. I preach the Gospel to men!”
Superficial Evangelism is one of the Great Obstacles to Ministry: Non-theological preaching, entertaining skits, and Gospel films are no substitute for the biblical exposition of the Gospel. Inviting men to raise their hands and pray a prayer is no substitute for the biblical call to repentance, faith, and personal discipleship (Mark 1:15; Luke 9:23. Biblical assurance of salvation does not flow from a past decision or a mere prayer, but from the Holy Spirit’s on-going work of spiritual enlightening in the knowledge of God (Ephesians 1:17-18) and the examination of one’s enduring lifestyle in the light of Scripture (1 John).
Making Obedient Disciples and Planting Churches is the Main Work of the Church: There are many gifts and callings in the body of Christ, but all of them are to work together with the primary goal of making faithful disciples of Jesus Christ and of planting biblical churches (Matthew 28:18-20). It is one thing to do mass evangelism and to boast of the numbers of decisions; it is quite another to establish a biblical church. We believe that a biblical church must ignore the programs and events trends of “seeker-sensitive” church models and instead emphasize biblical fidelity, expositional preaching, and family discipleship as the keys to God-honoring church growth.
The Autonomy and Centrality of the Local Church: While we do work in partnership with other churches, their leaders, and missionaries, it is our non-negotiable theological conviction that each local congregation is governmentally independent, autonomous, and directly accountable to and under the headship of Jesus Christ (Acts 14:23; Ephesians 1:22). Consequently, we are careful to respect, uphold, and affirm the autonomy even of our sister churches within the S.B.C..
Incarnational Missions is Essential: Although there may be some effective non-personal means of communicating the Gospel, there is no substitute for Christians living among the lost, proclaiming the Gospel to them, and living out their faith before them. God sent his own Son, and He became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:1,14; 3:16).
True Christian Ministry is Costly: Amy Carmichael explained that missions is no more and no less than an opportunity to die. We live in a fallen world that is at enmity with God and opposes His truth (1 John 5:19); therefore, missions/ministry and suffering go hand in hand. Any advancement of the kingdom of Christ into the dominion of the devil will be met with intense warfare. There are many countries and people groups where martyrdom is unavoidable.
*Adapted from Heartcry Missionary Society’s statement by the same title.