We exist to make disciples of Jesus Christ.
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” - Matthew 28:18-20
“Learn this article, then, as clearly as possible. If someone asks, What do you mean by the words “I believe in the Holy Spirit”? you can answer, “I believe that the Holy Spirit makes me holy, as his name states.” How does he do this, or what are his ways and means? Answer: “Through the Christian church, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.” In the first place, he has a unique community in the world, which is the mother that begets and bears every Christian through the Word of God, which the Holy Spirit reveals and proclaims, through which he illuminates and inflames hearts.” - Large Catechism II:40-42
“We believe, teach, and confess that the primary mission of the church is to make disciples of every nation by bearing witness to Jesus Christ through the preaching of the Gospel and the administration of the sacraments.” - A Statement of Scriptural and Confessional Principles (Adopted 1973)
As a member congregation of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod our identity is grounded first and foremost in Christ. His very words compel the Church in every age to go forth and make disciples by means of baptizing and teaching. Our uniquely Lutheran identity understands that disciple-making role of the Church in terms of how the Holy Spirit uses Word and Sacrament. It is through the operation of the Holy Spirit that disciples are made. The local congregation, then, functions as outposts of His working so that indeed the Church “bears and begets every Christian.” This is something held close and passed down by our forbears in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. To that end we endeavor to “make disciples” in this time and place and so fulfill the work Christ has given His Church, the work of fulfilling the Missio Dei, that is, the mission of God, as confessed in our heritage and embodied in those who came before.
We envision Redeemer Evangelical Lutheran Church as a place where,
❖ We are Maturing as Disciples of Christ so that we “grow in the grace and knowledge of Our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18) given us in our Baptism, sustained by Our Lord’s body and blood in, with, and under the bread and wine, and developed in the hearing of God’s Word as it is preached and taught.
❖ We are Supporting Vibrant Youth so that they would develop through wholesome social fun and fellowship, education in faith knowledge and application, and use of their abilities in service to others.
❖ We are Reaching Out to the Community so that we might determine and meet the physical and spiritual needs of our local and global community.
❖ We are Educating Believers to Engage Culture so that we lovingly, but persuasively, express concern for our neighbor when and where secular culture violates Christian values.
❖ We are Developing Appropriate Facilities so that we accommodate all events and needs of our shared life.