An extremely important part of life at Redeemer is membership. We feel that membership at RBC or any local church is necessary for a Christian’s growth. Through membership, you will experience deeper relationships with other believers as you witness and participate in living out the gospel on a daily basis: caring for others, forgiving others, serving others, practicing the “one anothers,” fellowshipping with and loving others. As we say at Redeemer, “the gospel changes everything” and as part of the body at Redeemer you will witness that truth in action.
“We are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”
Our Membership Process:
Once each quarter we offer an introductory class for prospective members offering an overview of our vision, values, doctrine, polity, and ministries. During this class we will also offer the biblical rationale for church membership. Redeemer 101 is an informal time of teaching and conversation designed to be both engaging and informative.
After prospective members have taken Redeemer 101, they are encouraged to submit their application to the church office.
Once the application is received, the office will schedule an interview for prospective members with a couple of RBC elders. Following a favorable interview, they will be received into membership and presented to the congregation as new members of the RBC faith family.
After being received into membership, we will provide a specific platform for new members to explore the various ministries at RBC in an effort to help them get plugged into serving Christ’s body.
For more information on how you can take the next steps toward membership at RBC, please contact the church office at 952.935.2425 or email@example.com.
You can also learn more about why we think membership is important by picking up our Church Membership booklet at the Welcome Center on Sunday or view the electronic version here.
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In 1968, when the first few families gathered to worship, they never anticipated all that the Lord would do in the years to come.
On any Sunday, you can still find people worshipping who were there forty years ago when a few families gathered to conduct Sunday School and listen to sermons on tape. In the forty-plus years since then, we've grown.
The western metro is where we call home, but we're striving to proclaim, embody and enjoy the Gospel of Jesus Christ so that the culture of the Twin Cities can be transformed to the glory of God. We've worshipped at four different locations, been lead by five senior pastors, and now count more than 500 people as a part of our growing community.
Here's a brief look at some of the more common phrases
you'll hear around Redeemer Bible Church that you may not be familiar with.
In Colossians 4:3-4, the Apostle Paul asks for prayer, saying, "Pray for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ…that I may make it clear." So at Redeemer, we pray the same for ourselves and others. When God answers, we say that he gave us a gospel opportunity.
This phrase was coined by Jack Miller in Outgrowing the Ingrown Church. It refers to people leading others by being the first to repent, believe the gospel, and to proclaim the good news of the love of Jesus. Our desire is to be a church that reaches, readies, and releases people into the world as gospel pacesetters.
Gospel Positive, City Positive
"Gospel-positive" is how we refer to churches that embrace a broadly Reformed, gospel-centered theological outlook. To be "city-positive" is to be a church that is equally as committed to its missionary purpose - to seek the good of the city the Lord has called us to serve.
Jesus’ Resume / Record
We use this language to refer to Jesus' righteousness – his life of sinless perfection and holy obedience. Most often we refer to Jesus' resume or record with respect to the doctrine of imputation, which teaches that the ground of our acceptance with God is found in God's having counted Jesus' resume as ours through faith in him.
In addition to celebrating Communion (the Eucharist, the Lord's Supper) as a brief part of a regular worship service, we celebrate it monthly as the climax to a meal we share together as a church family. Although the term may be unfamiliar to you, we've lifted it right from the New Testament – Jude 12.
Preach the Gospel To Yourself
Made popular by Jerry Bridges in The Discipline of Grace: God's Role and Our Role in the Pursuit of Holiness, this is the key to growth as a Christian: a daily return to the finished work of Christ as the only ground of acceptance with God, and from there, to look outward in faith and obedience to live a life that pleases him.
"Private worship" is the phrase we use to refer to what many Christians have called "daily devotions" or a "quiet time." We prefer to call it private worship because it more accurately reflects what should happen when we read Scripture, pray, and sing while we meet alone with the Lord.
Everyone knows they need to be saved. Saved from sin and suffering and powers of supernatural evil. But rather than looking to Jesus alone as our only hope of rescue, we look to ourselves – our strength, wisdom, appearance, accomplishments, etc. – instead. This we call our "self-salvation project."
This is how we describe the missionary focus of our church. Our primary target is the place where we live – loving the suburbs while simultaneously criticizing the idols of suburban life. Our location also calls us to love the people of Minneapolis, rather than building a siege wall of protection between us and them.