Our values show not only what is important to us, but also how we do what is important to us.
Our first and highest calling as followers of Jesus is to be worshipers of God. Worship takes many forms, praise, thanksgiving, singing; but the heart of worship is a life fully surrendered to God. Worship is about every part of our life, it is about seeking to glorify God in everything we do, say and think. Our desire is that everything we do as a church will help equip our members to be more authentic worshipers.
However this also means that as a church we want to value our times of corporate worship, whether on a Sunday or in small groups. As we honour God with our mouths something happens in our hearts and minds, as we focus on God everything else is restored to is proper place. God is not just active during the sermon, nor is he only active during our time of praise and singing. These are equally valuable times where God by his spirit draws close to us, touches us, heals us, convicts us and transforms us to be more like his son.
This is the practical outworking of the theological convitiction that we are a ‘missional’ people. We never want mission (often called ‘evangelism’) to become something we do as an extra on top of everything else the church is busy with. Missional thinking that always reaches out to people who do not know Christ needs to be the heartbeat of everything we are as a church.
Our desire is that everyone involved in Redeemer would be caught up in sharing God’s love to people around them in Delft, The Netherlands, and the ends of the earth!
The Church is a body, a living thing, if it stops growing that means that it is dead. We want to be a church which grows. Not because we believe big is better but because we believe growth is healthy. We want to grow numerically as babies are born and as non-believers are born again as we live and share the Gospel.
We also want to grow and mature in our faith as individuals. Paul sums up his ministry as: “[Jesus] we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ” (Colossians 1:28), and this is how we see our role as leaders in the church. We want to do everything we can to help you grow in your love for God and your love for others, so that you might better live and share the gospel. The consequence of which is that people around you will put their trust in Jesus, be baptised and added to the church.
People matter to God. Therefore, people should matter to us. The Bible uses language of family in describing the people of God (fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters…). And God himself is a family (three in one) Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in perfect relationship. Through faith in Jesus we are both reconciled and welcomed into the trinity, and reconciled to one another.
The Church is made up of people. It is not a business or institution, We are not professional Christians. Therefore, through all we do as a Church we want to be careful to build ‘relationally’, letting people know that they are loved and cared for. Good relationships mean that honest and direct conversations are sometimes necessary but in all things love and care for one another are foundational. Our desire as a church is to create a culture were discipleship and pastoral care happen naturally within the church community. We want to be a church where everyone takes responsibility for everyone else.