C R E A T I O N |

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God created us with a desire to be accepted and secure, have purpose and value, and be significant; desires that can be gloriously satisfied in discovering more of God. Knowing that we are created with these desires, seeking fulfillment of these desires is not wrong, but where we seek fulfillment makes all the difference. When we see God as the ultimate satisfier of our hearts, He is glorified, and we are satisfied. God loves to be glorified, and He loves to satisfy our hearts. God’s glory and our happiness is an adventure that is not at odds…it is His original plan. As we see Him for who He is, we live in joyful wonder and awe of Him; life is an infinite adventure because every discovery is a revelation of His imagination and power.

F A L L |

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Instead of seeking the fulfillment of our desires in Him, we try to find it in creation. This misguided pursuit leads to slavery. For example, if you think money will bring you security then you’ll have to sell your soul to that ideal, paying a high price in other areas of life. Or, if you think a certain relationship will bring acceptance, then you’ll be less likely to say no in that relationship when healthy boundaries are questioned. Slavery is always the result of trying to find fulfillment outside of God. Creation is only a signpost that points us to our creator. The Bible calls our efforts to find fulfillment in creation, sin, and the devastating consequences, death. Sin separates us from God and death is more than just physical…it’s social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. Sin and death defeat our ability to be satisfied. Sometimes in this state of separation, we try to reconcile ourselves to God through religion. Religion boasts that our behavior or our performance can reconcile us to God. If I can just do more good than bad; if I can just be better than the next person. Religion makes us liars and judgmental hypocrites; we have to make others look bad to feel better about our own shortcomings. Religion is a self defeating taskmaster that forever leaves us asking the question “How good is good enough?” Unfortunately, the slavery found in religion is often more devastating than that of creation. How then can we find true satisfaction of our God given desires?

R E D E M P T I O N |

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The separation that comes from sin causes a need for reconciliation. The death that comes from sin causes the need for new life. The gospel is a word that means "good news". The gospel shows us that God reconciles us to Himself by bringing new life through Jesus. Jesus, God’s perfect sacrifice, takes all of our sin upon Himself defeating it once and for all through His own death on the cross. In His resurrection, Jesus defeats death, and brings the fullness of life by reconciling us to God. This work of new life and reconciliation that we call redemption is a free gift given by Jesus and based upon Jesus. It is not based on works so that we can boast or have to rely on continual works. Nor is it based upon anything finite lest we fear it will come to an end. The gospel is about unconditional and irrevocable relationship: safe with God through Jesus alone. Relationship with God begins when you pray to confess your efforts to fulfill your desires apart from God, and accept Jesus’ sacrifice given for you, turning from your own efforts and putting your faith in Him.

R E S T O R A T I O N |

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Even though this new relationship means truly having our heart's desires met, old habits die hard. In those moments, the good news of the gospel becomes even clearer; we are eternally reconciled through Jesus alone. Because our reconciliation is based upon Jesus’ work, it is not dependent upon our behavior. We can now walk in freedom, no longer having to be liars or hypocrites to protect ourselves. Confession of struggles actually brings about healing. Healing brings about the life God intended. Creation takes its role of sign post, revealing God’s glory. The commands of scripture become an adventure of living a life free from death; like Paul says in Romans 6 "why would you want to live in sin any longer?" Understanding this, we can enjoy creation, but no longer give ourselves over to voluntary slavery because our desires are satisfied in God through Jesus alone. In this new and eternal relationship, God is glorified as we satisfy the desires of our hearts (the need for acceptance, security, value, purpose and significance) in Him. We hope you’ll join in letting go of former unsuccessful ways (creation and religion) that have only led to slavery and find the true freedom that comes in the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. The gospel is not just an altar call; it's an eternal adventure of being satisfied in God because of Jesus that starts the moment you put your faith in Him. If you are interested in learning more about a relationship with God through Jesus, or if you have trusted in Jesus and want to let someone know, send us an email or give us a call.

 

God gave us desires to be accepted and secure, have purpose and value and be significant. These desires can only be met in Him. We have rebelled and tried to satisfy our needs in creation and our own behavior. This attempt is called sin and has led to death. Jesus paid for our sin on the cross, dealing with death, and reconciling us to God through His resurrection so that God will be glorified by our needs being met in Him. Having our acceptance, security, purpose, value, and significance unconditionally and irrevocably satisfied in God, we now can live freely, ever discovering and delighting in His infinite glory.

 
 

It was October 2006 when a group of us felt the Lord had given the green light to plant a church. As we prayed and asked the Lord for direction, He led us to have our first service in June 2007. It was humble beginnings in a three-car garage. At that point, we didn’t even understand the gospel. We thought we did, but some three years later (October 2010), God did a work of removing the scales of religion from our eyes and let us see the gospel for what it really is. A bunch of Sauls (zealous and religious) became Pauls (joy-filled, adventurous, gutsy and content).

It was then that we began to say that the gospel wasn’t just the A-B-C's of the faith, but rather the gospel is the A – Z’s of the faith. As we started to see the completed work of Jesus, God changed our hearts and we began to describe the gospel as acceptance, security, purpose, value, and significance in God through Jesus alone. When we understood the gospel as an infinite new identity, everything began to change at Redeemer. Think of it this way: If you have acceptance by God through Jesus alone, why do you need to seek acceptance elsewhere? Worldly people look for acceptance in possessions and people, religious people look for acceptance in behavior (and are therefore some of the most judgmental people on the face of the planet), but the gospel says we have acceptance by God through Jesus.  We realized that although we believed in God, we had not been living in the freedom that God has given us through Jesus.  

God has given us a vision to help others find freedom by discovering the gospel and helping believers live in freedom by continually believing the gospel. Freedom from slavery to the world, freedom from religion, and finally having our innate God given desires for acceptance, security, purpose, value, and significance met by God through Jesus alone.

The next chapter in the story of Redeemer is now unfolding as one of Redeemer Modesto's elders, Bill Kenoyer, and his wife Joanne has begun to feel called toward the mission of planting a new church in Oakdale. This calling was confirmed by both the elders and the dream was born of The Redeemer Collective of Churches. 

The Redeemer Collective was formed to act as a central hub for all Redeemer Churches to be planted in the coming years, so that while each church will be contextualized to the city and people they are ministering to, each current and future Redeemer Church will be bound together by a common mission, to build purposeful relationships inside and outside the church so that we can speak the love of God (the gospel) into each other's lives.

 

1. The Word of God

We believe the Bible is God's written revelation to man.  It is composed of sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament.  It is verbally inspired in every word, and absolutely inerrant in the original documents.  We affirm the infallibility, sufficiency, and authority of Scripture.  We affirm its supreme infallibility in all matters of faith and conduct.

2. The Trinity

We believe that there is but one living and true God, an infinite, all-knowing Spirit, perfect in all His attributes, one in essence, eternally existing in three Persons -- the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - each equally deserving worship and obedience.

3. God the Father

We believe in God, the Father, an infinite personal spirit, perfect in holiness, wisdom, power and love. We believe that he concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that he hears and answers prayers and that he saves from sin and death all that come to Him through Jesus Christ.

4. Jesus Christ

We believe that Jesus Christ is God's only begotten son, and has precisely the same nature, attributes and perfection as God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.  We believe that He is not only true God but also a true man, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born from a virgin.  We also believe in His sinless life, His substitutionary atonement, His bodily resurrection from the dead, His ascension into heaven His priestly intercession on behalf of his people, and His personal visible return from heaven.

5. The Holy Spirit

We believe the Holy Spirit is a person and is fully God.  As the supernatural and sovereign Agent in regeneration, the Holy Spirit baptizes all believers into the Body of Christ at the moment of salvation.  The Holy Spirit also indwells, sanctifies, instructs, empowers them for service, and seals them unto the day of redemption.

6. Regeneration

We believe that every person is a sinner by nature and by choice and is, therefore, under condemnation.  We believe that those who repent of their sins and trust in Jesus Christ as Savior are regenerated by the Holy Spirit.  We believe that the salvation of man, who is sinful and lost, is instantaneous and accomplished solely by the power of the Holy Spirit through the instrumentality of the Word of God when the repentant sinner -- enabled by the Holy Spirit -- responds in faith.  This salvation is wholly of God by grace on the basis of the redeeming work of Jesus Christ, the merit of His shed blood, and not on the basis of human merit or works.  All Christians are kept by God's power and are thus secure in Christ forever.

7. The Church

We believe that all who put their faith in Jesus Christ are immediately placed by the Holy Spirit into one united spiritual Body, the church, of which Christ is the head.  The purpose of the church is to glorify God by building its members up in the faith, by instruction of the word, by fellowship, by keeping the ordinances, and by advancing and communicating the gospel to the entire world.  The formation of the church, the Body of Christ, began on the Day of Pentecost and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His own at the rapture.  We believe in the local church consisting of a company of believers in Jesus Christ, baptized on credible profession of faith and associated for worship, discipleship, ministry, fellowship, and evangelism.

8. The last things

We believe in the bodily resurrection of both the saved and the unsaved; the saved unto the resurrection of life and the unsaved unto the resurrection of damnation.