Mission, Vision, POM

Redeeming Grace Church – (RGC)

Mission Statement

Redeeming Grace Church (RGC) exists for the exaltation and worship of the Triune God, the declaration of the saving gospel of Jesus Christ, the equipping of the saints for service, the evangelization of the lost, and reaching the world through gospel missions.

 

Vision Statement

By God’s grace, RGC will carry out our Mission in the greater Alton area by implementing our Core Distinctives outlined in the Philosophy of Ministry.

 

Philosophy of Ministry - Core Distinctives:

Exalted View of God in Worship

The worship service at RGC centers on the manner in which God has told us in His Word that He is to be worshiped.  We will not add something to the worship of God because He has not forbidden that “something” in His Word.  On the contrary, we will worship God as He has clearly commanded in His Word that He is to be worshiped.

While there is not an exact worship service detailed for us in the New Testament, we know that it consisted of the preaching of the Word of God, fellowship, prayer, baptism and the Lord’s Supper (Acts 2:42).  While reverent and joyful, the meetings were "simple" and not cluttered.

The worship service should have a feel of reverence and godly fear as well as that of great joy and thankfulness.  (Psalm 2:11; Hebrews 12:28,29; Psalm 97:1; 99:1)

We believe that the worship service should reflect the content and flow of the gospel, as well as the simplicity of the gospel.  We do not believe that the worship service should be “busy” and have a “high church” order to it. 

The worship service will not bring attention to man or a group, but will seek to exalt the Triune God through the faithful preaching of His Word, worship with scripturally sound and doctrinally accurate hymns and spiritual songs, scripture reading, prayer and fellowship.

 

Preaching

The preaching of God’s Word is done in an expository manner at RGC.  Expository preaching is marked by authority, reverence, clearness and is central to the worship of God.

Expository preaching is authoritative because it is God’s Word and He Himself has commanded that it be preached.  Therefore, the preaching should be declarative, bold, uncompromising, faithful to the scriptures, with every desire and effort employed to be pleasing to God.  (II Timothy 4:1,2; Colossians 1:25-29; Jeremiah 23:29; Hebrews 4:12)

Expository preaching is reverent because God’s people listen to the authoritative exposition of God’s Word with reverent expectation, with desire to be instructed by God’s Word, and for God the Holy Spirit to apply the Word of God to their souls for their further sanctification.  (I Thessalonians 2:13; Acts 10:33; 17:11; Luke 8:21)

Expository preaching should be marked by clearness, that is, the scriptures will be proclaimed in such as manner to be understandable by those of spiritual interest and maturity, and able to be responded to in the manner intended by the scriptures.  (II Timothy 3:16,17)

Expository preaching is central to the worship of God.  The whole of scripture, all given by God, speaks of everything necessary for His own glory, man’s salvation, faith and life.  Therefore, there is no true worship service without the preaching of the Word of God.

 

Training

RGC is a body of believers that are growing in their knowledge of God’s Word, sound doctrine (the doctrines of grace), holiness and fruitfulness in Christian living, and evangelization of the lost.  In this sense, the worship service should also be a time where God by His Spirit and Word is teaching, reproving, correcting and training us in righteousness (II Timothy 3:16).

The Leadership of RGC will endeavor to teach and train believers in order that they may be well-equipped to faithfully, joyously and boldly live for Jesus Christ amidst a lost and rebellious society.  We desire as well to be a body of bold evangelists who are able to communicate the gospel lovingly, clearly and fearlessly with a desire to win the lost for Christ.

RGC also desires to be a training center for young men who sense that God may be calling them into full-time ministry one day.  These may be young men in high school, college or young adults.  We will seek to train these young men in sound knowledge of the Bible, how to study and expound the scriptures, passionate and persevering prayer, bold evangelism, scripture memory and meditation, and holy and godly living.

 

Evangelism

RGC exists to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to the lost around us.  To accomplish this, the leadership will lead by example as well as by training the body of Christ at RGC in a clear understanding of the gospel and evangelism.

Every believer is responsible to share the gospel with the lost.  Jesus Christ said, “Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” (Matthew 4:19)  Every true believer is a “follower of Jesus Christ”.  So with great joy, faithfulness and love we go to those perishing in their sins with the one message that, if believed with Spirit-born faith, will rescue that person from the wrath of God and give them eternal life.  (Romans 1:16; Acts 20:24)

 

Leadership – plurality of Elders. 

As a church plant, RGC is led by Pastor Tom Rayborn and the borrowed Elders from Christ Fellowship Bible Church in St. Louis, Geoff Kirkland and Randy Kirkland.  Over time Redeeming Grace Church will be led by a plurality of elders that God has raised up within RGC.  As RGC grows, we will look for men with the qualifications of an Elder (I Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9) or deacon (I Timothy 3:8-13; Acts 6:3) from the body of RGC who, if desiring the office, would go through extensive training and assessment prior to being presented to the congregation of RGC for approval.

 

Fellowship

One evidence of the Holy Spirit’s powerful presence within a local body is that they love one another and enjoy being with one another (I Thessalonians 3:12; 4:9).  The fellowship is primarily centered on the worship service, but is also enjoyed during times of prayer, Bible studies, serving one another and those outside the RGC body, outreach and other God-honoring activities. 

 

Missions

RGC will promote local, national and foreign missions where the preaching and ministry of the Word of God and evangelism are at the center of the mission.  Our desire is to promote the gospel of the glory of Jesus Christ, which is declared through the preaching and teaching of the Word of God to the saved and to the lost.

 

Consistent Holiness of Life

A healthy church body is made up of individuals who are each growing in personal holiness, living their lives to the glory of God.  They are “perfecting holiness in the fear of the LORD” (II Corinthians 7:1) and they desire “to be holy as He is holy” (I Peter 1:16).  We grow in holiness by growing in grace which is fueled by the consistent intake of the Word of God and prayer, together with personal desire to put off sin and put on the Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 13:14; Galatians 5:16-26)