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GOSPEL

With Redemption, expect to hear about Jesus and the gospel. A lot. Gospel clarity is our highest value. Seriously.

The gospel is the good news about Jesus' life, death, resurrection, ascension, sending of the Spirit, intercession, and promised return in glorious victory. The gospel can be simply stated: "God loves you now, right now. He doesn’t love some future version of you that tries harder, is more obedient, that pays him back for your sins, or that proves that you deserve love. While you were a sinner he died for you because he loved you, and he still loves you now" (Justin & Lindsey Holcomb).

So why is Redemption so passionate about this good news? Because this good news changes our lives! Seriously! Darrin Patrick describes the benefits Jesus gives to those who trust him: "The blessings that Christ has procured for us through his death and resurrection are immeasurable." Darrin did the hard work of listing the immeasureable blessings that Jesus' death on the cross gives believers as gift:

reconciliation with God (2 Corinthians 5:19) forgiveness of sins (Colossians 2:13) propitiation (Romans 3:25)
the ability to live for God (2 Corinthians 5:15) eternal life (John 3:16) justification (Romans 4:25)
inheritance in heaven (Ephesians 1:11) righteousness (Philippians 3:9-10) healing (1 Peter 2:24)
bodily resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:22) intercession for the weak (Hebrews 7:25) peace (Isaiah 53:5)
freedom (Galatians 5:1) unity among believers (Ephesians 2:11-22) an example (1 Peter 2:21)
redemption (Romans 3:24) advocacy (1 John 2:1) all things (Romans 8:32)
hope (Romans 5:1-11) wisdom (1 Corinthians 1:30) regeneration (1 Peter 1:3)
access to God’s presence (Hebrews 10:19) deliverance from fear of death (Hebrews 2:14-15)  
If you'd like to explore the good news about Jesus more, we encourage everyone to check out Two Ways to Live: the choice we all face by Matthias Media.

Here are two excellent books we use with Redemption to explore the gospel together.

   

COMMUNITY

With Redemption, expect community to be uncomfortable. A lot. Vulnerability opens us up to God's rescuing love in Jesus. Uncomfortable is our sweet spot. "Feeling unable is exactly where I need to be" (Robyn Huck).

The gospel creates an alternate society, a new human family, a household of faith in Jesus. With Redemption, expect repeated invitations to engage in life-on-life relationships with people beyond Sundays. God works in community to "show us our own face" and to cause us to see Jesus better than we can on our own. Redemptive relationships are our program!

Steve Timmis (we like him... a lot!) speaks about the power of gospel community to fulfill the mission of Jesus:


"The Mission" by Steve Timmis, 2012 Dallas Boot Camp from Acts 29 Network.

Here are two impactful books we use with Redemption to unpack community together.

   

MISSION

With Redemption, expect to move from spectator to participant quickly. Yeah, we said quickly. As a church plant, we are praying for you to help! As you meet Jesus in gospel community, he sends us together toward our broken world as representatives of his much better kingdom.

The gospel works in us and through us, graciously changing us in order to bring gracious change to others. We pursue Jesus' mission through campfires with our neighbors, Bible studies with our friends, intense outreach to people struggling with homelessness and poverty, monthly dinners at awesome restaurants in the community, and other everyday, messy, life-on-life relating.

Here are two significant books we use with Redemption to discover how to engage Jesus' mission together.

   

CONNECT

We understand that visiting a new church is an important move that people do not make without a lot of thought. How can you make your first move? Sundays at 10am are a great chance to start connecting with Redemption.

We gather to worship Jesus at 4515 Sandy Spring Rd. Burtonsville, MD 20866.

But our weekly worship gathering is just the beginning. You can also check out the Redemption Facebook page to follow events, download sermons, enjoy pictures, message us, and connect with other people who call Redemption their spiritual home. Also, take a look at this month's calendar to engage with us in worship gatherings, Bible studies, meals together, service projects, and other activities.

To get more information on what's going on, feel free to give us a call at 301/549-4860.