Mission

Redeemer Presbyterian Church

is a community of faith,

provoked by the Redeemer's love,

to serve Sugar Land and beyond.


+ a community of faith +

"The gospel is the power of salvation for all who believe." (Romans 1:16) The defining mark of this new church will be faith in the message of God to redeem and restore a broken world. The assurance of the gospel is the hope and promise that God sent His Son to give life back to our world and to our souls. To be part of the Kingdom of God is to taste a community defined by faith and to experience the reality-defining hope that changes hearts, minds, and communities. The Redeemer Jesus Christ brings that hope in the gospel and creates a new humanity where all who are weary, sick, and broken can find rest and peace. Redeemer Sugar Land will seek to be defined as a church about the work of seeing the lives, families, work places, and communities of Sugar Land made more beautiful by God's grace in the gospel of Jesus Christ.


+ provoked by the Redeemer's love +

It has been said that, "You cannot love what you have not experienced." The power of what the gospel offers is the ability to experience Love personally through the incarnation of Jesus Christ. As we encounter the message of God entering our world to make Himself known, of His giving all of who He is to our world's redemption, we will be provoked to something great. We will be provoked to carry on His mission of loving others and redeeming a shattered world. His Love creates and provokes a new heart that not only transforms, but that also enables those transformed to be agents of further change. Redeemer Sugar Land will be a mission of effort of those who have become agents of redemption, provoked by the Love of God, in the power of the gospel for Sugar Land. Anyone who experiences the Redeemer's love will be provoked to love others with that same divine love.


+ to serve Sugar Land and beyond +

The greatest promise of God is that He is about redemption: "I will make all things new!" To be a follower of Christ is to embrace His vision for this world as our Redeemer. Our understanding of this mission of God will show itself most clearly in how we love our neighbors. Redeemer Sugar Land will seek to lead people in serving our neighbors by longing for, actively engaging, and reaching out to those who live in the Sugar Land/Fort Bend County area with the gospel. This defining mark of loving others as Christ has loved us will lead the church toward serving the greater Houston Metro area as well as taking part in ministries nationally and internationally. Serving others will not be one simple aspect of Redeemer Sugar Land, but rather loving others as Christ has loved us will be the defining mark of this new church.


BELIEFS

God


We believe that God exists and rules over this world he created. He exists in the form of one God in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The word "Trinity" is used to describe God's being. God is good, which means that his actions are not capricious or vindictive toward his creation, but are always designed to bring about only what is best for his people. In his rule, he is concerned with both compassion and justice.


Jesus


We believe that Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, is both fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit; his mother was a virgin chosen by God to give birth to this baby who would become the Savior. Jesus lived a sinless life and yet died a criminal's death on the cross. He was buried, but three days after his death, he physically rose from the dead, completing a plan God instituted before the first man was created. His life and his death are now substituted for those who place their faith in what he has done. Jesus ascended to Heaven and now rules from there, making all things new, anticipating the day when he will make a triumphal return to this earth.


The Bible


We believe that the Bible is a faithful and true guide to what we are to believe and how we are to live our lives. We believe that this book is unlike any other. Everything we need to know about God and how to have a relationship with him and his people is contained within its pages. Through them, God changes us, healing our brokenness and restoring our beauty. 


Becoming a Christian


We believe that every person who has ever lived on this earth, except Jesus, is deeply flawed. Our brokenness separates us from God's perfection, so we are incapable of reaching him on our own. Jesus is our way of reaching God. When God begins to work in our lives, he makes us aware of our need for a Savior, and he lovingly draws us and adopts us into his family. Our sinfulness does not count against us and our goodness does not count for us. Jesus' life of perfect obedience is credited to all who repent and believe.


Tradition


We unashamedly embrace the historical creeds of the church (e.g., The Nicene Creed and The Apostles' Creed) and stand alongside Christians down through the ages. Our denomination has its roots in the reformation of the 16th century. During this time, several written statements of our beliefs were formulated: The Westminster Confession of Faith, the Heidelberg Catechism, The Canons of Dort, The Belgic Confession, and the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. We do not believe that these documents are equal in authority with the Bible, nor do we believe that they are without errors, but we do believe that they are a clear and accurate summary of what the Bible teaches.


The Church


The Christian faith is not something that can be lived out alone. God has called his people down through the ages to live in community - the church. We face our struggles together and we taste the life of heaven together. And together we recognize the glory of the church's redeemer, Christ the Lord!


The World


We believe that when Jesus rose from the dead, he established his kingdom on earth. This kingdom is presently a partial reality of the kingdom that will be established when he comes again. As his followers, we are called to honor his rule by working to bring healing and beauty into this world. We are to seek justice for the oppressed, extend mercy to the hurting, take the message of the gospel wherever we go, and share what we have with others.


Other Churches


We joyfully affirm our unity with all committed followers of Jesus Christ, in any denomination. RSL prays for, supports and joins with others to bring God's healing to the whole community and the surrounding area.