Redeemer’s Grace exists to glorify God by living in loving communion with him and each other, centered on God’s Word, prayer, and mission. We pursue our vision as an act of worship through the core values of God’s Word, prayer, and mission.
Our Core Values
The core values of our Baptist Church are God’s Word, Prayer, and Mission. We pursue these values in public and private worship, in community, and in our individual daily living.
We read, preach, teach, learn, practice, live, and obey God’s eternal, inspired, inerrant word. His Word directs our worship gathering. We pursue righteousness in community by applying his Word to our life choices and circumstances. We experience the wisdom and power of God as we walk in his ways which he has revealed in his Word.
We commune with God in prayer, which he has appointed and commanded as a way:
- to worship him and declare his greatness,
- to ask for his guidance, wisdom, care, provision, and healing,
- to seek mercy, forgiveness, cleansing, and empowering,
- to advance his Kingdom and fame, and to fight spiritual battles.
We experience the grace of God and are transformed by the heart of God as we enter his presence through Jesus Christ, the son of God, in prayer.
The Mission of Redeemer’s Grace is to love God, to make him known, and to love each other.
Our eyes see our mission as including those from every tribe, language, people, and nation—from Wichita to the farthest parts of the earth. We engage in missions through going, praying, and giving. Mission involves telling others about Jesus, and becoming his hands and feet in our broken, hurting world.
Pastor David and most of our core team come from strong missions backgrounds, both locally and globally. Actively investing our lives in at-risk kids, outreach to the hurting, generosity toward those in poverty, and volunteering is part of our DNA and demonstrates the kindness and love of our Savior. Workshops and coaching for teens and families, disaster relief and evangelism mission work in Kansas, Texas, West Africa, and Russia are part of our leadership history. When you take into account our praying, our mission has already taken us to every corner of the world.
We are currently praying and preparing for our first international mission trip as RGC, which will take us to Indonesia in 2020. And though we are small, and a new church ourselves, we are already thinking strategically about when and how to plant another new church. We delight in embracing missions as a core value, and we want you to join us in mission. To discover ways to serve, reach out to us at email@example.com.
Our core values are God’s Word, prayer, and mission. We pursue these values in public and private worship, in community, and in our individual daily living.
We believe the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments to be the verbally inspired word of God, the final authority for faith and life, inerrant in the original writings, infallible, and God-breathed. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 2 Peter 1:20-21, John 16:12-13)
We believe in one Triune God, eternally existing in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—co-eternal in being, co-eternal in nature, co-equal in power and glory, having the same attributes and perfections. (Deuteronomy 6:4, 2 Corinthians 13:14)
The Person and Work of Christ
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, became man without ceasing to be God, having been conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary in order that He might reveal God and redeem sinful man. (John 1:1–2, John1:14, Luke 1:35)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ accomplished our redemption through His death on the cross as a representative, vicarious, substitutionary sacrifice, and that our justification is made sure by His literal, physical resurrection from the dead. (Romans 3:24, 1 Peter 2:24, Ephesians 1:7, 1 Peter 1:3–5)
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where, as our High Priest, He fulfills the ministry as Representative, Intercessor, and Advocate. (Acts 1:9-10, Hebrews 7:25, Hebrews 9:24, Romans 8:34, 1 John 2:1–2)
The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit
We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person who convicts the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment; He is the Supernatural Agent in regeneration, baptizing all believers into the body of Christ, indwelling and sealing them unto the day of redemption. (John 16:8–11, 2 Corinthians 3:6, 1 Corinthians 12:12–14, Romans 8:9, Ephesians 5:18)
The Total Depravity of Man
We believe that humankind was created in the image and likeness of God, but that through Adam’s sin the race fell, inherited a sinful nature, and became alienated from God. Our totally depraved nature impacts the very core of our being, leaving nothing untouched. It grips our bodies, so that we become ill and die; it impacts our minds and thinking so that though we still have the capacity to think, the mind is darkened and weakened; it grips the will leaving it in bondage to moral corruption. Man is utterly unable to remedy his lost condition. (Genesis 1:26-27, Romans 3:22-23, Romans 5:12, Ephesians 2:1–3, Ephesians 2:12)
We believe that salvation is the gift of God brought to man by grace and received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, whose precious blood was shed on Calvary for the forgiveness of our sins. (Ephesians 2:8–10, John 1:12, Ephesians 1:7, 1 Peter 1:18–19)
Eternal Security and Assurance of Believers
We believe that all the redeemed, once saved, are kept by God’s power and are thus secure in Christ forever. (John 6:37–40; John 10:27–30; Romans 8:1, 38-39; 1 Peter 1:5)
We believe that it is the privilege of believers to rejoice in the assurance of their salvation through the testimony of God’s Word, which clearly forbids the use of Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh. (Romans 13:13-14, Galatians 5:13, Titus 2:11–15)
The Ministry and Spiritual Gifts
We believe that God is sovereign in the bestowing of spiritual gifts. It is, however, the believer’s responsibility to attempt to develop their sovereignly given spiritual gift(s). The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion and is the placing of the believer into the Body of Christ. We also believe that particular spiritual gift(s) are neither essential, nor prove the presence of the Holy Spirit, nor are an indication of deep spiritual experience. (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11, 13; Ephesians 4:7–8)
We believe that God does hear and answer the prayer of faith, in accordance with His own will, for the sick and afflicted. (John 15:7, 1 John 5:14-15)
We believe that it is the privilege and responsibility of every believer to minister according to the gift(s) and grace of God that is given to him. (Romans 12:1–8, 1 Corinthians 13, 1 Peter 4:10–11)
We believe that the church, which is the body and espoused bride of Christ, is a spiritual organism made up of all born-again persons. (Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 5:25–27, 1 Corinthians 12:12–14, 2 Corinthians 11:2)
We believe that the establishment and continuance of local churches is clearly taught and defined in the New Testament Scriptures. (Acts 14:27, Acts 20:17, 1 Timothy 3:1–3, Titus 1:5–11)
We believe in the autonomy of the local churches, free of any external authority and control. (Acts 13:1–4, Acts 15:19–31, Acts 20:28, Romans 16:1,4, 1 Corinthians 3:9, 16, 1 Corinthians 5:4–7, 13, 1 Peter 5:1–4)
We recognize believer’s baptism and the Lord’s supper as scriptural means of testimony for the church. (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2:41-42, 1 Corinthians 11:23–26)
Our confessional statements include the Apostles’ Creed, the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message, and we are in agreement with the over-arching themes and propositions of the 1689 2nd London Baptist Confession of Faith.
Our Core Team
Redeemer’s Grace is a Christian church plant currently putting down roots by worshiping and declaring the glories of Jesus, and studying the Bible in community. We are spending our lives to introduce people to Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who came to save sinners. Our core team has grown since since our first small gathering in the fall of 2017, and has people from all walks of life. We have students, professionals, managers, musicians and artists, stay-at-home moms, those with healthcare backgrounds, married and single, young adults and retired folks, empty-nesters and preschool parents, law enforcement officers, teachers, servers, administrators—all of whom choose against preference, against ease, and against comfort so that Christ may known in Wichita and throughout the world. We are unified by our love and passion for the glory God as seen in the face of Jesus Christ, and the commission we have to make him known.
Before launch, we spent much time praying together in neighborhoods throughout our community, learning, planning, and growing in community groups. If you live near the Kellogg corridor in Wichita between between the airport and Goddard, chances are we have walked and prayed on your street. We are investing in something greater than ourselves at Redeemer’s Grace Church. Reach out to Pastor David at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time to discover our vision and see if God would have you join our community of believers.
What should I expect when I attend?
We are a small intergenerational church valuing the contribution of all ages in the life of the church. We are building a culture of love for God, spiritual growth through the preaching, teaching and study of God’s word, and lives that oriented to God’s Kingdom and mission.
Look for children and senior adults having roles in worship and other areas of responsibility. Different generations dress differently, appreciate different styles of music, and relate to different political views. These are not what motivate or unite us. We are drawn into community by adoption into God’s family, and this through the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ. The glory and renown of our eternal, holy God is what motivates us. Our eyes are fixed on Jesus, and we pursue him. We delight to love and serve one another as he first loved and served us. That said, worship music ranges in style from ancient to modern. We work to see that lyrics grasp the deep, eternal truths of God, nurturing both mind and soul, saturating us in the Gospel. They may involve something written last week, or several centuries ago.
We value and support families, helping them grow in grace and love for God. We will help parents, present and future, learn to care for and shape the souls of their children, and provide excellent support and resources for them in the critical work of parenting. Senior couples who raised children wisely and have learned how to endure and grow through storms in both marriage and parenting are willing and available to mentor others. We believe all this—the family of God living and loving in community—will leave the world looking different, to the praise and glory of God.
Our Covenant and Covenant Membership
• Our next New Members’ Class is Sunday, August 16 and 23, following worship. Lunch will be provided. Please let us know you are coming so we can prepare for the meal.
Redeemer’s Grace is held together by a covenantal commitment to live together according to the truths of God’s word, and adjust our lives to the mission of God. Covenant Membership is largely guided by this covenant:
Having been led, as we believe, by the Spirit of God to receive Jesus Christ as our Lord, Savior, and Supreme Treasure, and having been baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, we do now in the presence of the Triune God and this assembly most solemnly and joyfully enter into covenant with one another as one body in Christ.
We engage therefore by the aid of the Holy Spirit to walk together in Christian love; to strive for the advancement of this church in knowledge, holiness, and comfort; to promote its prosperity and spirituality; to sustain its worship, ordinances, discipline, and doctrines; to be actively involved in the corporate prayer, corporate worship, and community group life of this church; and to contribute cheerfully and regularly to the support of the ministries and expenses of this church.
We also engage to be zealous in our corporate and individual efforts to advance the kingdom of our Savior through the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ among all peoples; to seek the salvation of our family, friends, and acquaintances; to maintain personal and family devotions; to educate our children in the Christian faith; to walk watchfully and uprightly in the world; to be just in our dealings, faithful in our commitments, exemplary in our demeanor, and encouraging in our conversation; to be always seeking the Lord’s help to be making progress in Christ-likeness; to avoid all gossip and excessive anger; to abstain from all drugs, food, drink, and practices which bring unwarranted harm to the body or jeopardize our own or another’s faith.
We will work and pray for the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. We further engage to remember one another in prayer; to aid one another in sickness and distress; to cultivate sincere concern for one another’s joys and sorrows; to be slow to take offense, but always ready for reconciliation and mindful of the commands of our Savior to secure it without delay.
We moreover engage that when we leave this church we will, if possible, carry out the spirit of this covenant by uniting with a church where we will be taught to obey the Word of God.
Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the Great Shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip us with everything good that we may do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to Whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen
Adopted January 2018, Wichita, Kansas
As a church plant we are in the process of forming affiliations and function as a mission of the Heart of Kansas Southern Baptist Association. In 2019 we will formally enter cooperative fellowship with the Southern Baptist Convention, the Kansas Nebraska Convention of Southern Baptists, the Spurgeon Baptist Association, and the Heart of Kansas Southern Baptist Association.
Pastor David Atkins
David has served churches in Kansas and Texas in some form since his senior year in high school. He leads the Redeemer’s Grace core team following a 10-year tenure as the Associate Pastor for worship and missions in a local church. Trained as a musician in college, theological study and a passion for missions and worship have led him to respond to God’s call to be the church plant pastor for Redeemer’s Grace. He loves to meet people for lunch and talk about the things of God. You can email him at email@example.com. Schedule a lunch meeting here.
Steve is a core team member and serves as one of our elders. His godly character combined with his skills in the business world have advanced him to be an officer in his company. Love for God has caused him to be a serious student of God’s word and a gifted teacher. Email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe joined our pastoral team as Worship Pastor in October 2018. He has a pastor’s heart and a desire to see people come to know worship Jesus Christ. he is also taking lead in Community Group formation and development. Email Joe at email@example.com.