GOSPEL IS GOOD NEWS

When the gospel is embraced, it will, over time, transform the whole person, literally renewing our minds, fixing everything in us that is wrong or broken. This is “good news” but not because we are now free to live a reintegrated life for our own purposes. That is an American version of Jesus and a gospel that has no foundation in his teachings or the Scriptures. The Gospel of Jesus is good news because, through Jesus, we’ve been given the opportunity to regain a relationship with God and by that relationship are being enabled to powerfully fulfill our God-given purpose – to display God’s glory and deliver his message of reconciliation to the world – a God-to-human reconciliation and a human-to-human reconciliation. God is about the business of restoring all things. He is doing so through his reconciled people.

GOSPEL RE-INTEGRATION

Because of the racial divide in our region and our nation, we believe Redeeming Mercy must be intentional about proclaiming the gospel as a powerful means to racial reconciliation – bringing people from all walks of life together around God. Every human bears the image of God and we cannot sit by while God’s image-bearers are diminished by our culture, or especially by the church. At minimum, Gospel Re-integration means building relationships with people who don’t look like me, sound like me, live like me, or act like me. But more deeply, it means intentionally taking whatever power and privilege I have been afforded and using it to serve the disadvantaged, delivering them to a place where they flourish and prosper. We must be intentional about being reconciled to the other with love that flows from a full understanding of the gospel and the redeeming mercy we have received. We must develop a genuine desire to serve each other and serve beside each other for the sake of our own restoration, but also for the sake of God’s name in the community.

GOSPEL IDENTITY

All we are and do within the Redeeming Mercy family flows from the identity we have through the gospel. Our understanding of the flow of the gospel must begin with God; who he is, what he has done and what he created us to be. Next we must recognize the extent to which we, along with all humanity, are broken by our rejection of God and our apathy toward what he has done and his goals for us as humans. It’s with a firm understanding of these truths that we can then begin to truly value the work of Jesus and the ongoing need we have for restoration and reintegration through the power of God’s Spirit.

GOSPEL MISSION & VISION

Jesus codified how we accomplish the purpose of the gospel by giving us his mission: “Go and make disciples, immersing them in all it means to be in relationship with God – the Father, Son and Spirit – and teaching them to obey everything I commanded you to be and do” (Matthew 28:19-21). As neighborhoods and workplaces, restaurants and ball fields are more and more filled with individuals whose identity is wrapped up in God, gospel restoration will happen both within individuals and communities and God will be glorified.

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

I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me

Revelation 3:20

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