The mission for Redemption Church Christchurch is very specific:
To bring glory to God by equipping and encouraging believers to live in obedience to His Word, as we bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ into all the world.
As we look to Scripture, we discover that God’s chief end in all that He does is ultimately His own glory.
For us as Christians, God was glorified in the past when He saved us, known as “justification”. God will also be glorified in the future when we are perfected with Him in heaven, known as “glorification”.
But what is sometimes misunderstood, is the fact that God has also purposed to be glorified in the present, which is realised as we are increasingly transformed into the image of Christ, known as “sanctification”.
In saying this, it’s important for us as believers to understand that we can’t change ourselves any more than we could save ourselves.
With this in mind, our mission must become the pursuit of God-given holiness – becoming less and less like the world, while becoming more and more like Jesus – by walking in the very means that God has provided to accomplish this: Scripture, prayer, fellowship with other believers, submission to God’s providence, along with obedience to God’s Word.
Some may get the impression that this mission is fairly inward focused, but in reality, it’s quite the opposite.
Once we grasp that God is most glorified, when the people of God, live according to the Word of God, being empowered by the grace of God - then evangelism just makes sense.
Because evangelism leads to conversion. Conversion leads to personal holiness. And through personal holiness, God is glorified.
What we do as a church is centred on this very mission.