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Meta-Narrative of Scripture
Vision and Values
To be a church that impacts the communities of Santa Rosa Beach with the good news of Jesus Christ.
Here is what we wholeheartedly believe: this is an area that needs rescue. There are women, there are men, who are horribly lost, and the destination of their ‘lost-ness’ is terrible, hell itself. And this is only heightened by the all-out battle being waged by our spiritual enemy: Satan.
And so to walk into that arena, to walk into the spiritual war with Satan, sin, and self, there can only be one weapon, the good news of Jesus Christ. There is no other answer; there can be no other method. When we think about the plight of our world, there is but one solution: the person and work of Jesus Christ.
So if you want to know what we value here, if you want to be a part of this church, you want to know what the conversations look like, how we think about leadership, what we do with our money, why we organize people into Missional Communities, all of it is based on the story and victory of Jesus Christ.
The question is:
Is whatever we’re doing specifically tied to and furthering the work of the gospel of Jesus in our families, our church, our neighborhoods, and our workplaces?
And here’s what’s key: if it is not spreading the good news, then let’s not do it. Period.
Now, to be honest, sometimes answering that question can be a little gray. Therefore, right alongside our vision for the gospel to be the central identity marker of R30a, is the importance of prayer.
And so this has two corollaries:
- How can be center on the gospel when the church gathers?
- How can we center on the gospel when the church scatters?
When the Church Gathers
We promise to deliver Bible-based, expository preaching. The good news of Jesus is telling the whole story, telling the grand story, telling the story of God as told in the Bible. So we will always be in the Bible.
From Here On
Week 2 | April 17, 2016
We promise, the scriptures will always be our source for preaching, and nothing else. Though topical preaching has its place, we believe textual preaching must take priority. So could it be that we preach a topical sermon? Perhaps, but please know that the norm will be explicitly from passages in the Bible.
The Gospel on Sundays: We also center our Sunday morning services according to this same truth. You’ll see on Sunday that we rehearse, we re-live the gospel, through the songs we sing, the words we read, and the sermons we hear.
You will hear about the greatness of God, the sinfulness of humanity, the redemption that comes in Jesus, and you’ll experience his grace and Lordship at the Communion table, all while being equipped to go out into the world to make disciples. We not only believe in the theology of the Gospel, but we also believe in exercising it on a weekly basis with what we do on Sundays.
So that’s the gathered church, but what about when it’s not Sunday?
The Scattered Church
Hear us on this: The gospel’s destination is not Sunday mornings. It’s Tuesday afternoons at work, and Thursday morning runs in the neighborhood. It’s conversations you pray for at your kid’s soccer game, etc. We are here primarily for the lost. We have to get that in our brains. The church goes where it does because there are pagans in town. Your neighbor needs you. My neighbor needs me. Their eternity matters greatly to God.
Now the most wonderful news, like we heard today and like we will hear next week as well, is that God is the one who saves. He is the one who actually changes people. You and I are primarily examples of his transformative power.
But, scripture is also very clear that the message about Jesus comes directly from believers themselves. We are the prophets of this age. We are the ones who preach the truth to those who don’t want to hear it. That’s us. And so we have an imperative, which is to reach the lost in Santa Rosa Beach, to reach the lost on your street.
And the primary way we’re going to do this, the primary way we’re going to spread Jesus, the primary way we’re going to be the scattered people of God is through what many people call Missional Communities (MCs). Something that we’ve only introduced, and something that will require more time later. But for now, David give us a glimpse of what MCs are.
And so we do we summarize all of this? What do we call all of this? The answer is, this is the Christian life. This is what we call Discipleship. And here is a definition of discipleship that will work for us: A disciple is someone who is following Jesus, being changed by Jesus, and joining in the mission of Jesus. All of these things that we’re talking about are under the umbrella of discipleship. We reach into our communities because that was the mission of Jesus, and it now becomes our mission.
We are all people who are following Jesus, we are being changed by the Holy Spirit, and discipleship now says that we join him in his work. That is what it means to be a Christian—not to just be called a Christian, but to be a Christian.
Week 3 | May 1, 2016
Membership is a covenant promise to live the gospel life, the disciple life, while being held responsible by fellow members to do so. Church membership is simply the covenant version of what it means to be a disciple. In fact, I would go as far as to say that the definition of a disciple and the definition of a church member are almost synonymous. That is, a disciple of Jesus follows Jesus, is changed by Jesus, and is joining Jesus on mission.
A member is a person who follows Jesus, is being changed by Jesus, and is joining Jesus on mission, but she or he is doing that in a local context. Discipleship is a concept; membership is implementing that concept. Discipleship is the big picture of what each of us is called to do wherever we are.
Membership is the application of that big picture where we are currently. The main difference is location: discipleship goes everywhere you go. Membership does not. It is local.
Therefore, R30a is asking you to be a member for this reason: to be a committed disciple of Jesus Christ in our specific local church and in our specific local area.
But as we see in the letters of Paul and all over the Bible, it’s not just the theology, it is also the expectation. We believe all of these things very deeply, and so after seeking counsel and leaning on the wisdom of those who’ve gone before us, we have created a small Membership Process, a training period to prepare, equip and explain what it means for you to be a member at Redeemer 30A.
The Meta-narrative of Scripture
The Good News
Read Elder Josh Pool's in-depth explanation of Redeemer 30A's conception of the Scriptures and the impact they should have on this church, on our individual lives as members, and on this community through the preaching of the Word with love and conviction.