Redeemer Baptist Church is a body of believers in the city of Olive Branch, MS. Since launching in January of 2011 we have been seeking to become a source of cultural impact in the name of Jesus amongst our friends, community and city.
Redeemer Baptist Church exists to bring glory to God in striving to be an ever-maturing body of believers fully devoted to and saturated by the person of Jesus Christ and His holy Scriptures. Our mission is to evangelize and invest in the people of Olive Branch for the purpose of seeing people redeemed and the culture transformed through the power of the gospel and the influence of Spirit-filled believers. The ongoing vision for this church is to simply spread the fame of our great God and King, making disciples of all nations, and developing true worshippers that find their full joy and satisfaction in Him.
VALUES & DISTINCTIVES
GOSPEL FIDELITY . . .
Above all else, we value the gospel as the ultimate authority for the world, our church, and our individual lives. We hold the proclamation of this truth in the highest regard, and our pastors will be expected to devote themselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word above all else. Our commitment to the gospel is to be unwavering even in the midst of perverse and progressive society. We believe the person of Jesus is synonymous with His perfect Word once for all delivered to the saints. (1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Acts 6:1-7: John 1:1; Jude 3)
INCARNATIONAL LIVING. . .
As Jesus came to seek, serve, and save those who are lost, we as the church have been commissioned to continue His mission on earth by the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit. The church is the “continuation of the incarnation.” We are all missionaries in a foreign land working together for the advancement of the Kingdom. (Luke 19:10; Matthew 20:28; Acts 1:8; 1 Corinthians 12:12-27; John 17:15-18)
CHURCH PLANTING. . .
We value the multiplication of both disciples and churches in accordance with the New Testament model of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. We detect a great need for new gospel-centered churches all around us and to the ends of the earth. The local church is the Lord’s vessel of evangelizing the lost, discipling the saints, and the reproduction of new local churches all over the globe. (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 9:31; Acts 13:1-3)
CITY INVESTMENT. . .
We strive for cultural renewal as a result of the influence of the gospel through the church intentionally involving itself in the affairs of the community with the intent of pointing people to Jesus and building a better city. We desire to portray Christ by loving, serving, and seeking the welfare of the city. This involves gospel proclamation, social justice, and civic involvement. (Jeremiah 29:4-7; Acts 18:1-4)
SACRIFICIAL GIVING. . .
We value the sacrificial giving of our time, energy, income, and possessions to serve the church and the city. We believe giving is a New Testament principle that is an evidence of a genuine faith. The church is commanded to give of themselves in support of the ministry of the Word and the seeking of justice and life transformation in and through the gospel, especially for the poor and needy. (2 Corinthians 8:7; James 1:27; 1 Timothy 5:17-18)
BIBLICAL COMMUNITY. . .
We believe gospel-centered relationships are necessary in the lives of Christians, as the church is not simply a building, but a body of believers. Our community groups are the outlet by which these relationships are to be established and evolve. Biblical community is essential for accountability, encouragement, exhortation, spiritual maturation, and corporate worship. Community groups are to organically produce discipleship, which involves the nurturing of younger Christians by more mature believers in order that they may grow to be more like Christ in spirit and in deed. (Acts 2:42-47; Hebrews 13:17)
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT. . .
Whether it be for the position of pastor, deacon, or community group leader, we desire to raise up, train, equip, and empower new leaders in the church. The Scriptures teach us that the church, led by the Spirit, has the authority and the responsibility of identifying those that are qualified and set apart for the ministry of the Gospel. (2 Timothy 3:10,14-17; 1 Thessalonians 1:5-6; 1 Timothy 4:11-16; Luke 6:40)
FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP . . .
We value the pursuit of godliness in the household as the husband leads as the head of his wife and his children. We believe the husband has been given the role of covenant headship by God alone and that it has not been chosen or earned by superior intelligence, virtue, or strength. As the head, the man is to serve and minister to his wife, tending to her spiritual needs as a shepherd. Likewise he is to shepherd, with his wife as his help-mate, their children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. (Deuteronomy 6:6-7; Ephesians 5:22-6:4)
THE ABSTRACT OF PRINCIPLES (http://founders.org/abstract/)
When the original charter of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary was adopted in 1858 it contained the following statement which continues as a part of the “fundamental laws.”
I. THE SCRIPTURES. . .
The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and are the only sufficient, certain and authoritative rule of all saving knowledge, faith and obedience. (2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21)
II. GOD. . .
There is but one God, the Maker, Preserver and Ruler of all things, having in and of Himself, all perfections, and being infinite in them all; and to Him all creatures owe the highest love, reverence and obedience. (Deut. 6:4; 1 Cor. 8:4-6; 1 Tim. 1:17)
III. THE TRINITY. . .
God is revealed to us as Father, Son and Holy Spirit each with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence or being. (Mt. 28:19; 2 Cor. 13:14)
IV. PROVIDENCE. . .
God from eternity, decrees or permits all things that come to pass, and perpetually upholds, directs and governs all creatures and all events; yet so as not in any way to be the author or approver of sin nor to destroy the free will and responsibility of intelligent creatures. (Heb. 1:3; Mt. 10:39-31; Prov. 16:33)
V. ELECTION. . .
Election is God’s eternal choice of some persons unto everlasting life-not because of foreseen merit in them, but of His mere mercy in Christ-in consequence of which choice they are called, justified and glorified. (Rom. 8:30; Eph. 1:3-6; Acts 13:48)
VI. THE FALL OF MAN. . .
God originally created Man in His own image, and free from sin; but, through the temptation of Satan, he transgressed the command of God, and fell from his original holiness and righteousness; whereby his posterity inherit a nature corrupt and wholly opposed to God and His law, are under condemnation, and as soon as they are capable of moral action, become actual transgressors. (Gen. 1:27; 3:4-7; Rom. 5:12-21; Eph. 2:1-3)
VII. THE MEDIATOR. . .
Jesus Christ, the one and only Son of God, is the divinely appointed mediator between God and man. Having taken upon Himself human nature, yet without sin, He perfectly fulfilled the law; suffered and died upon the cross for the salvation of sinners. He was buried, and rose again the third day, and ascended to His Father, at whose right hand He ever lives to make intercession for His people. He is the only Mediator, the Prophet, Priest and King of the Church, and Sovereign of the Universe. (Mt. 3:17; 1 Cor. 15:3-7; 1 Tim. 2:5; Rom. 5:6-11; Phil. 2:5-11; Heb 1:3)
VIII. REGENERATION. . .
Regeneration is a change of heart, wrought by the Holy Spirit, who gives life to those who are dead in trespasses and sins enlightening their minds spiritually and savingly to understand the Word of God, and renewing their whole nature, so that they love and practice holiness. It is a work of God’s free and special grace alone. (Jn. 3:1-8; Titus 3:5; 1 Pet. 1:3)
IX. REPENTANCE. . .
Repentance is an evangelical grace, wherein a person being by the Holy Spirit, made sensible of the manifold evil of his sin, humbles himself for it, with godly sorrow, detestation of it, and self-abhorrence, with a purpose and endeavor to walk before God so as to please Him in all things. (Mk. 1:15; Acts 20:21; 2 Cor. 7:9)
X. FAITH. . .
Saving faith is the belief, on God’s authority, of whatsoever is revealed in His Word concerning Christ; accepting and resting upon Him alone for justification and eternal life. It is wrought in the heart by the Holy Spirit, and is accompanied by all other saving graces, and leads to a life of holiness. (Jn. 1:12; 5:24; Eph. 2:8, 9)
XI. JUSTIFICATION. . .
Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal of sinners, who believe in Christ, from all sin, through the satisfaction that Christ has made; not for anything wrought in them or done by them; but on account of the obedience and satisfaction of Christ, they receiving and resting on Him and His righteousness by faith. (Rom. 3:23-24; Rom. 5:1-2; 18, 19; 2 Cor. 5:21)
XII. SANCTIFICATION. . .
Those who have been regenerated are also sanctified by God’s word and Spirit dwelling in them. This sanctification is progressive through the supply of Divine strength, which all saints seek to obtain, pressing after a heavenly life in heartfelt obedience to all Christ’s commands. (Jn. 17:17; 2 Thes. 2:13; Heb. 12:14)
XIII. PERSEVERANCE OF THE SAINTS. . .
Those whom God has accepted in the Beloved, and sanctified by His Spirit, will never totally nor finally fall away from the state of grace, but shall certainly persevere to the end; and though they may fall through neglect and temptation, into sin, whereby they grieve the Spirit, impair their graces and comforts, bring reproach on the Church, and temporal judgments on themselves, yet they shall be renewed again unto repentance, and be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. (Jn. 10:28-29; 1 Jn. 2:19; Rom. 8:30)
XIV. THE CHURCH. . .
The Lord Jesus is the head of the Church, which is composed of all His true disciples, and in Him is invested supremely all power for its government. According to His commandment, Christians are to gather together into local churches; and to each of these churches He has given needful authority for administering that order, discipline and worship which He has appointed. The regular officers of a Church are Elders, and Deacons. (Col. 1:18; Mt. 16:18; 18:15-18; 1 Tim. 3:1-15; 1 Pet. 5:1-4)
XV. BAPTISM. . .
Baptism is an ordinance of the Lord Jesus, obligatory upon every believer, wherein he is immersed in water in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, as a sign of his fellowship with the death and resurrection of Christ, of remission of sins, and of giving himself up to God, to live and walk in newness of life. (Mt. 28:19-20; Rom. 6:3-5; Acts 8:38-39)
XVI. THE LORD’S SUPPER. . .
The Lord’s Supper is an ordinance of Jesus Christ, to be administered with the elements of bread and the fruit of the vine, and to be observed by His churches till the end of the world. It is in no sense a sacrifice, but is designed to commemorate His death, to confirm the faith and other graces of Christians, and to be a bond, pledge and renewal of their communion with Him, and of their church fellowship. (Mt. 26:26-27; 1 Cor. 10:16-17; 11:23-26)
XVII. THE LORD’S DAY. . .
The Lord’s Day is a Christian institution for regular observance, and should be employed in exercises of worship and spiritual devotion, both public and private. (Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:1-2; Col. 2:16; 3:16; Rev 1:10)
XVIII. LIBERTY OF CONSCIENCE. . .
God alone is Lord of the conscience; and He hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in anything contrary to His word, or not contained in it. Civil magistrates being ordained of God, subjection in all lawful things commanded by them ought to be yielded by us in the Lord, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake. (Rom. 13:1-7; 1 Pet. 2:17)
XIX. THE RESURRECTION. . .
The bodies of men after death return to dust, but their spirits return immediately to God-the righteous to rest with Him; the wicked, to be reserved under darkness to the judgment. At the last day, the bodies of all the dead, both just and unjust, will be raised. (1 Cor 15; Jn. 5:28, 29; Phil. 3:21)
XX. THE JUDGMENT. . .
God hath appointed a day, wherein He will judge the world by Jesus Christ, when every one shall receive according to his deeds; the wicked shall go into everlasting punishment; the righteous, into everlasting life. (Mt. 25:31-46; 1 Cor. 15:35-58; 2 Cor. 5:10)