Redeemer Church Birmingham is the coming together of two passions; a passion for God and a passion for Birmingham. We want to grow in both our love for God and our city, and believe the two are intricately connected.
We believe there is much to celebrate in God and much to celebrate in Birmingham! As we increasingly enjoy God through Christ we want to increasingly play our part in the life of Birmingham, living and working for the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical good our great city & local area.
Whoever you are, wherever you would say you are in life or belief please come along and check us out, everyone is welcome. Below is more info on who we are and what we are about.
Mission (what we are aiming for)
To increasingly love deeply and share widely the goodness of God in Christ.
Method (how we try to go about it)
Live – Meet – Invite
Live life to the full with Jesus bringing his goodness into whatever setting he has sent us.
Meet with those who do not know Jesus and those who do sharing his goodness.
Invite people into our lives, the life of the church and to ’the life’ of God so they can come to know his goodness.
Vision (what this looks like big picture)
To increasingly be a:
Good News sharing
Church (Christ centred community gathered and dispersed)
Values (what this looks like detailed picture)
1) Everything is from & for Jesus – Self-dependence is self-glorifying, God dependence is God glorifying.
2) Knowing God = understanding & experience – These spiral off each other.
3) Word & Spirit – Don’t truly have either without both. God’s voice calls us into His presence.
4) Love God & People (especially the poor) – Intricately linked and cannot be separated.
5) Never seek to make God pleased with us, but always seek to please Him – We please God by knowing, enjoying & resting in the fact He is fully pleased with us in Christ.
6) Jesus re-joins God’s glory with our good – In Christ God’s honour and our joy are two sides of the same coin. The giver gets the glory & the recipient gets the good.
7) Receive not achieve – Everything in life is graciously given by God not earned by us.
8) Righteousness is relational - To walk with Jesus is to be like Jesus, to be like Jesus is to walk with Jesus.
9) Think-Feel-Do (reason-desire-behaviour / perception-emotion-action) – The pathway of true repentance.
10) Live for eternity in the moment – Not for the moment or in the future.
11) All of life is worship and mission – every moment has eternal significance.
12) Salvation growth – All actions are to serve the purpose of growth in & through salvation.
13) Love truth and culture – Engage without compromising.
14) Thanksgiving – Attitude of gratitude, we are always doing better than we deserve.
15) Humility – Correct perception of ourselves. God is God and we are not. God is Creator and we are created. We are nothing without Him and yet have everything with Him. Don’t try and steal the glory/credit but enjoy the gift. We have no reason to look down on or think ourselves superior to any other human being.
16) Honesty – Be real, no pretence, no masks, no keeping up appearances, no superficiality.
17) Friendship & Family – to genuinely know and love each other. Relationship is key.
18) Fun – Laugh together and enjoy the ride.
19) Be quick to forgive & apologise – Sometimes we will annoy and offend each other. Let’s think the best of each other and work it through as soon as possible. Commit to forgiving those who have wronged us and commit to turning from our own wrong doing.
20) Go slow to go deep – Depth (and therefore width) requires time, it cannot be rushed.
21) Guts – Never act out of fear, push through it. Don’t not do something because it is scary but act on who God is and what God wants.
22) Grit – Life is tough but so is God and so is love.
23) Generosity, it is always more blessed to give than to receive – to be able to give/serve is itself a joyous gift from God and He is the one who will meet our needs.
24) Sole dependence on God – Only God can sort our issues, no-one/nothing else.
25) Interdependence – God provides human help and support.
26) Win minds & hearts – In all things never seek to force, but to lead people by winning their understanding and desire to the cause. Genuine relationship; not intellectual assent nor emotional manipulation.
27) Innovate – Try things, don’t fear failure.
28) Question – Freedom to ask why, no, no-go areas. Convince not manipulate.
29) Balance – Genuine deep commitment without overloading. To recognise what is beneficial and what is not.
30) Communication – Keep people informed.
31) Prayer – This makes it all work.
32) God is in total control – He knows what He is doing and no-one or nothing can stop Him.
Beliefs (what we consider to be ultimate reality)
We hold to the historical Christian beliefs taught in the Bible, outlined in the Nicene Creed (325 AD) and much more recently summarised in the Evangelical Alliance Basis of Faith.
I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God,
begotten of the Father before all worlds;
God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God;
begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.
Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven,
and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man;
and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate;
He suffered and was buried;
and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures;
and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father;
and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead;
whose kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life;
who proceeds from the Father and the Son;
who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified;
who spoke by the prophets.
And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins;
and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.
Evangelical Alliance Basis of Faith
We believe in…
1. The one true God who lives eternally in three persons—the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
2. The love, grace and sovereignty of God in creating, sustaining, ruling, redeeming and judging the world.
3. The divine inspiration and supreme authority of the Old and New Testament Scriptures, which are the written Word of God—fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
4. The dignity of all people, made male and female in God’s image to love, be holy and care for creation, yet corrupted by sin, which incurs divine wrath and judgement.
5. The incarnation of God’s eternal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ—born of the virgin Mary; truly divine and truly human, yet without sin.
6. The atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross: dying in our place, paying the price of sin and defeating evil, so reconciling us with God.
7. The bodily resurrection of Christ, the first fruits of our resurrection; his ascension to the Father, and his reign and mediation as the only Saviour of the world.
8. The justification of sinners solely by the grace of God through faith in Christ.
9. The ministry of God the Holy Spirit, who leads us to repentance, unites us with Christ through new birth, empowers our discipleship and enables our witness.
10. The Church, the body of Christ both local and universal, the priesthood of all believers—given life by the Spirit and endowed with the Spirit’s gifts to worship God and proclaim the gospel, promoting justice and love.
11. The personal and visible return of Jesus Christ to fulfil the purposes of God, who will raise all people to judgement, bring eternal life to the redeemed and eternal condemnation to the lost, and establish a new heaven and new earth.
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