Everything we believe and do at Redemption Church flows out from the gospel at the center. The word “gospel” is a Greek word found in the Bible, and it means the “good news” about who Jesus Christ is for us and what he has done to reconcile sinners to God.
Here’s the whole story in four words.
- Creation (God)
- Fall (People)
- Redemption (Jesus)
- Faith (Response)
As you read the sections below, you will see Bible verse links for further study. If you live in Portland and don’t have a Bible, please contact the Redemption Church office, and we will provide you with one to read.
The one and only God, who is both loving and holy, created us in his image to know him and be loved by him as sons and daughters of a good Father (Genesis 1:26-28, 2:4-25, Matthew 19:4-6, Acts 17:22-29, 2 Corinthians 6:16-18).
But we chose what was forbidden; we fell by sinning against God and corrupting each other. As a result, we cut ourselves off from our Creator and rejected his great love for us (Genesis 3:1-24, Romans 1:18-32, 3:10-20, 3:23, 5:12).
In his great love, God sent his Son, Jesus our Messiah (or Christ), who came as King to rescue and redeem his people from their enemies—most significantly, their own sin (Psalm 2:1-12, Luke 1:67-79). Jesus established his kingdom by being both a mediating priest and a priestly sacrifice—he lived a perfect life and died on the Cross, thus fulfilling the Law himself and taking on himself the punishment for the sins of many (Mark 10:45, John 1:14, Hebrews 7:26, Romans 3:21-26, 5:12-21). Jesus then rose again from the dead, showing that God accepted his sacrifice and that God’s wrath against us had been exhausted (Acts 2:24, Romans 4:23-25).
God now calls us to repent of our sins and trust him—by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone for our forgiveness (Acts 17:30-31, John 1:12, Ephesians 2:8-10). If we repent from our sins and trust in the finished work of Jesus for us by faith, we are born again into a new and eternal life with God (John 3:1-21).
Now that is good news!
What happens next? Reach out to Redemption Church and let us know that you would like to explore what it means to have a relationship with Jesus and his church.