Core Values

We believe that it is vital for the local church to define the values upon which they seek to minister the Gospel into the lives of people within that body.

At Redemption Church, we have 10 core values which form the vision & direction of our fellowship.  Of course, the core values of a local church must be solidly grounded in & derived from Scripture, so in addition to a short write up for each core value below, there is a link to an audio teaching for each.


 

To hear a summarised version of all 10 core values in one teaching, listen to the audio message titled, 

“Overview of the Core Values at Redemption Church“


1. The Sufficiency of Scripture

God’s Word (the Bible) alone is the ultimate authority and because it is completely sufficient, it is all we need to guide our faith, life and conduct (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Scripture alone is to govern our lives and it may not be superseded by any other source of instruction, knowledge or circumstance.  

To find out more, listen to the audio message titled: 

“The Sufficiency Of Scripture”:


2. Accurate and consistent Bible interpretation

God’s Word can only equip us to the degree in which we correctly understand the truth it presents, so a correct and consistent interpretation of the Bible is vital for true spiritual growth (2 Timothy 2:15).  The method of interpretation that will best help us to arrive at the author’s original, intended meaning is called the literal method (also known as the grammatical-historical method).  This method takes into consideration the context of a passage, the grammar that is being used, along with the historical setting in which it was written.  

To find out more, listen to the audio message titled,

“How To Correctly Interpret The Bible”


3. Spiritual growth through applying God’s Word

God’s Word can only equip us to the degree in which we correctly respond to the truth that it presents.  Responding correctly means willingly exposing yourself to the Word of God with a heart of humility and teachability, along with a genuine desire for repentance (John 8:31-32; 1 Peter 5:5-6; Proverbs 1:5; 2 Corinthians 7:9-10).

To find out more, listen to the audio message titled:

“How To Respond Correctly To God’s Word”


4. The priority of the local church

God does not intend for Christians to live out their faith in isolation, but to be committed to the local church (Hebrews 10:24-25).  The local church is a group of believers within the same locality, who are dedicated to fellowshipping with each other for the purpose of mutual encouragement, discipleship and accountability, and committed to meeting together regularly, for the purpose of corporate worship, Bible teaching, prayer and communion, under the leadership of Biblically qualified elders.

 

 

To find out more, listen to the audio message titled:

“The Priority Of The Local Church”]


5. Biblical leadership within the church

God has ordained two main offices of leadership within the local church to declare and defend the truth of His Word, which are elders and deacons.  An elder is a God-appointed spiritual leader who is called to protect, feed, lead, and care for the flock of God (Acts 20:26-31; 1 Timothy 3:2,5:17; James 5:14). A deacon is a God-appointed spiritual leader who has been called to oversee the practical needs within the local church (Acts 6:1-7).  Both of these offices of church leadership require that men are Biblically qualified (1 Timothy 3; Titus 1:6-9; 1 Peter 5:1-3). 

To find out more, listen to the audio message titled:

“Leadership Within The Local Church”


6. Male leadership within the church

Although God’s Word teaches that church leadership offices and responsibilities that require spiritual authority are reserved for men only, women participate fully when gathering together in prayer, worship, Bible reading, testimonies, ministry, along with exercising the gifts of the Spirit. We see that a focus on men’s ministry is foundational and strategic for the preservation and furtherance of the Gospel.  

To find out more, listen to the audio message titled:

“Male Leadership Within The Church”


7. Discipleship within the church and the home

God’s design for discipleship makes clear distinctions between the responsibilities of the church and the home (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Ephesians 6:1-4; Acts 20:28; Ephesians 4:11-12; Hebrews 13:17).  In addition to this, the only pattern we see in God’s Word for discipleship is age-integrated, where people of all ages gather together for times of worship, instruction, prayer, fellowship and service.  The discipleship model that Scripture presents to us can be likened to a three-legged stool of biblically functioning homes (Ephesians 5:22-24,6:4), godly elders (Titus 1:6-9,2:6-8), and godly, mature men and woman in the church (Titus 2:1-5).  

To find out more, listen to the audio message titled:

“The Disciple-making Ministry of the Church and the Home”


8. Lifestyle Evangelism

Evangelism (proclaiming the good news about the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ) should be incorporated into the life of every Christian (Matthew 28:18-20).  Rather than something that we do, evangelism should be seen as part of who we are as we take opportunities, and make opportunities to share in our day to day lives.    

 

To find out more, listen to the audio message titled:

“Lifestyle Evangelism”


9. Biblical and loving communication in times of conflict & disagreement

When a person is considering to leave a church, it is important that this is for the right reasons, and done in the right way in order to minimise division and maximise unity.  There is an expectation that loving, biblical communication with the church elders will be taking place before, during, and after a decision is made to leave a church. The rest of a church fellowship also has a responsibility to respond correctly when someone has decided to leave a church.

To find out more, listen to the audio message titled:

“Leaving A Church – Why, When, How”


10. The practice of church discipline

Church discipline is the process by which a Christian is corrected for the purpose of spiritual restoration, so that the church is strengthened, and the Lord is glorified.  When we think about church discipline, we don’t separate it from discipleship, and it’s for this reason, we embrace the practice of biblical church discipline out of love for one another (Matthew 18:15-17; Galatians 6:1).  

To find out more, listen to the audio message titled, “Church Discipline:

“Church Discipline – Why, When, How”