Redemption Hill is telling the story of good news and renewal through worship, community, and work in DC. Our Core Values express the application of the gospel of Jesus Christ to our lives individually and corporately. That means that they show what makes Redemption Hill Church distinct as our beliefs play out in life, shaping us and shaping our church. For more on what we believe, see our doctrinal statement.
1. Good News
Redemption Hill Church exists to proclaim the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We are all about Jesus. God’s plan for the redemption of all people was accomplished through Jesus. This is the good news for all of us. Even though we are all sinners who deserve nothing, God has opened the way for us to be cleansed from our sin, to be reconciled in relationship to our Creator, to be restored as people to live life the way we were meant to live it. Jesus died as our greatest sacrifice and was raised again, providing us purpose and hope.
God’s rescue plan for all people is found in His Word. The Church must have its foundation firmly rooted in the inerrant, infallible, authoritative Word of God. It is indispensible for the spiritual development of individuals, penetrating hearts. God’s Word, and the gospel found therein, must be proclaimed and lived out faithfully and boldly. The gospel must be the foundation for everything taught and done in a church. At Redemption Hill Church everything we do is because of and for the sake of the gospel.
Jesus is everything.
Redemption Hill Church exists to glorify God.
We all continuously worship. Every one of us. The only element that changes person to person and moment to moment is the object of our worship. Worshipping God through Jesus Christ leads us to restoration and life, while worshipping the idols of our souls leads us to destruction. The ultimate purpose of every person, and all of creation, is to glorify God. The ultimate purpose of the Church is to declare God’s praises. God has rescued His people from darkness to light, they must praise Him and to lead others to glorify Him as well. Therefore, worship is absolutely central to the church.
At Redemption Hill Church we focus on two primary aspects of worship. The first is corporate gatherings to worship God through receiving His Word, singing, praying, giving, and celebrating the sacraments of baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The second aspect of worship at Redemption Hill Church is the lives of the people who make up the church as they go out into their homes, communities, and spheres of influence throughout the week. Ultimately, the church should lead people to glorify God in every aspect of their lives.
Redemption Hill Church exists to make disciples of all people.
Some of Jesus’ final words to His followers are now known as the Great Commission:
“Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Mt. 28:19-20)
This charge has not changed over time. It is the privilege and calling of the church to teach people what it is to follow Jesus. This will happen best in the context of relationships and authentic community, as mature followers of Jesus come alongside those who are younger in their faith. It is the responsibility and calling of Redemption Hill Church’s leaders to foster a culture of discipleship by teaching and equipping God’s people to be His Church. As part of training people to be disciples of Jesus, the church must be active in discipline and observing the ordinances of baptism and the Lord’s supper, as well as encouraging and leading people in practicing spiritual disciplines.
Redemption Hill Church exists as the community of God’s People on earth, a city living in the midst of and for the sake of our city – DC.
Acts 2:42-47 presents the impact of God’s people coming together in community. The impact will be felt internally as members of the body are cared for and encouraged in tangible and intangible ways. It will also be felt outwardly as our city experiences God’s love and grace through His people, the church. The transcultural gospel we preach ought to shape the community of Redemption Hill Church as we are woven together, a unified tapestry made more beautiful by its diversity. Redemption Hill Church is a community of people who gather together to worship Jesus, live life together, support each other, and spill into our city for the sake of the gospel and the glory of God.
Redemption Hill Church exists to reach people with God’s Gospel.
The natural product of Biblical discipleship is an outward focus on reaching those who are not part of God’s family. God has chosen to use His people as vessels to carry His rescue plan, the gospel found in Scripture, to the world. Though not of this world, God’s people are to be missionaries into it. The purpose of teaching, equipping, and training people is that they would then go out and reach deeply into the surrounding culture and their own spheres of influence, desperate to share the love of Jesus with everyone who crosses their paths.