Beyond the Meeting: Embracing Everyday Church

At Redeeming Mercy, we aspire to build every day around God and his mission, turning our time and talents over to him. Humans are worshiping beings by nature… we tent to build our lives around the things that matter most to us. Jesus said his followers are to “love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and your neighbor as yourself.” The power to put God first and defer to others’ needs and preferences does not come easy. To help us with this, we gather as a church in intimate settings we call Mercy Communities.  This setting reveals our true selves allowing us to know each other’s needs well. In this way we can encourage greater faith and deeper pursuit of spiritual empowerment. See OUR MISSION and read The Story of God’s Redeeming Mercy!

At Redeeming Mercy, our hope and goal is that intimate relationships will be increasingly made possible between humans as human relates to human under the love and power of a deeply relational God. This is the way it was in the beginning, as man and woman walked with God. They were said to be “naked and unashamed.”  But when the first humans walked away from communion with God, shame, fear and guilt became crushingly “normal.” Since then, emotional stresses have dominated society and relationships, leading to the broken emotions of fear and hatred throughout each generation. Each human is severely relationally impaired. It is no overstatement to say this one issue has caused all of human suffering. But Jesus’ work has reversed this curse, stemming the tide, giving men and women a renewed ability to turn our backs on the current “normal” and relate again with God, and, by extension, as we relate with God, we are given renewed ability to love one another.  This is our hope and goal in the Mercy Community experience. MERCY COMMUNITIES!

If you are a follower of Jesus, you are being made a minister and a messenger of Jesus’ gospel. Whether you understand and proclaim a gospel message verbally or not, you are nonetheless telling the world who your God is with your every word and action. God’s message is not a message of self-glory or power, but a message of welcome, a message of reconciliation. Jesus is both example and the way forward. The Gospel was delivered in Jesus’ coming, in his remarkable teaching, in his selfless care and attention given to the least in society, and in his willingness to suffer in extraordinary ways, even to die as a sacrifice, for all humanity, including his personal enemies.  Those who follow Jesus must follow this path of self-sacrifice. As we embrace the opportunity, we are given renewed capacity to commune with God and a growing capacity to love others, to engage our community and deny self, like Jesus did, so that his message of merciful reconciliation can be heard and received. MERCY MISSION!

You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

1 Peter 2:9

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Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.

Billy Graham

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

C. S. Lewis

If the wrongdoer has to do something to merit mercy, then it isn’t mercy.

Tim Keller

By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The difference between humanity and all the rest of creation is that men and woman were made to relate directly with God.

Francis A. Schaeffer

Genuine spiritual knowledge lies in the union of the believer’s life with the truth of God.

Watchman Nee