About Christ the Redeemer Church

Thank you for stopping by the online home of Christ the Redeemer Church in Pella, Iowa! 

Christ the Redeemer Church is a reformed and reforming church in Pella that began as God’s answer to prayer. And by God’s grace, we will continue to grow both in numbers and in the depth of riches of wisdom and knowledge of God.  Christ the Redeemer Church embodies several distinctives:

  • God-centered  worship that is focused on God and His promises revealed to us in Word and the Sacraments
  • Practical, applied, experiential Christianity as an ever-present ideal
  • Emphasis on building strong godly families by equipping parents to train their children in the paideia of God
  • Solid doctrinal foundation rooted in the kingship of Jesus Christ over all things in Heaven AND Earth – NOW!
  • Living the life of God together through fellowship, hospitality, and prayer.
  • Reformational emphasis on being Reformed and ever reforming according to the Word of God
  • As evangelical Christians we stand in the stream of historic Protestant orthodoxy. We seek to build our lives on the biblical truths that have undergirded the Church for centuries.
  • In short, we seek to live out Acts 2:42, which says:


"And they devoted themselves to

the Apostle's Teaching

and the Fellowship, 

to the Breaking of Bread

and the Prayers."

Acts 2:42


Christ the Redeemer Church  believes that the Scriptures, the Fellowship of the Saints, the Lord’s Supper, and the Prayers – are the ordinary means of grace which God uses to increase the Church’s faith and love for Him, as well as the ordinary means whereby the Church expresses our faith and love to God, and our love for one another. In so doing, we are being equipped to become better disciples of Jesus Christ, and to make disciples of Christ.


TEACHING OF THE APOSTLE'S

Christ the Redeemer, Pella strives to be a people who seek to be saturated with the Word of God. We believe the Bible in all its fullness is God’s revelation to man, and as such, is of infallible divine authority in all matters upon which it speaks (and it speaks of all matters); it is to be believed, as God’s instruction, in all that it affirms; obeyed, as God’s command, in all that it requires; and embraced, as God’s pledge, in all that it promises.  Jesus Christ is the ultimate person about whom the Scriptures speak. Therefore, Christ the Redeemer Church is dedicated to the reading, singing, reciting, memorizing, preaching, and teaching the Bible, so that every member of the Church becomes better equipped to follow Jesus Christ, being built up into Him who is the Head.


FELLOWSHIP

Christ the Redeemer Church is dedicated to restoring the intimacy of godly fellowship in the Church. In His High Priestly prayer, Jesus prayed that those who believe in Him would all be one, just as the Father is in Him and He in the Father. The purpose, Jesus tells us, for such a deep union and fellowship between believers would be for the salvation of the world (John 17:21). Therefore, we seek to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace by providing as many opportunities as possible for the Church to gather in fellowship, because we desire to see people believe in Jesus Christ and be saved. Our fellowship gatherings are ideal places for unbelievers to meet Christ in us. We seek to accomplish this by:

  • Providing fellowship gatherings following Sunday morning service
  • Opening up our homes and lives to one another during the week.
  • Meeting with one another in homes, diners, parks, pubs, coffee shops, etc, – wherever life happens.
  • Eating and drinking and celebrating with another. 
  • We will also grieve, mourn and cry, and pray with and for each other, bearing one another’s burdens, for we are called to “live life together with God” (St. Augustine).
  • Engaging one another in deep genuine conversations, desiring nothing more than being a “friend that sticks closer than brother.”

 

BREAKING OF BREAD

Christ the Redeemer, Pella believes that the Lord Jesus gave the Church the Sacrament of breaking bread (the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, Eucharist) to not only be a memorial of His death for the forgiveness of our sins, but also to be sign of the union that all Christians throughout the ages and throughout the world, have in Him. We therefore seek to break bread every Lord’s Day as a congregation in order to be built up in our faith in Jesus Christ, and to strengthen the union of the Body, and to proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes again.


THE PRAYERS

God is enthroned in the prayers and praises of His people (Ps. 22:3). We exalt Him, and give Him the glory and honor He deserves, and we submit ourselves to Him because He is the Lord.  During our times of prayer and worship, we not only offer up our prayers to God, but we offer and present ourselves, our hearts and minds, souls and bodies, to be a reasonable, holy, and living sacrifice to our God. The Lord Jesus taught us to pray to God in order that He might bless us by making Himself known to us in our prayers, and by providing for our needs. As God’s children, we desire nothing more than to be in the presence of our Heavenly Father, and to be blessed by Him on a regular basis. Christ the Redeemer Church therefore is committed to providing numerous and various opportunities for community prayer and praise for God’s people, such as:

  • Lord’s Day Worship Services
  • Wednesday Evening Prayer Services
  • Fellowship Gatherings
  • And in the intimacy and privacy of our own homes and families

You are all warmly invited to come and share in the life of God together with us, as we seek to live out Acts 2:42, and experience the grace of God in the ordinary.

Doctrine

We adopt these standards inasmuch as they are true to Holy Scripture, and as the Lord Jesus Christ Himself has taught us, and the symbol of the fathers has handed down to us. However we submit these standards and ourselves to the ultimate authority of the Holy Scriptures.

 

Statement of Faith – Christ the Redeemer Church

 Together with the historic church, we confess the following:


The Apostles’ Creed (AD 2nd century)

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the Holy Ghost, and born of the virgin, Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into Hades. On the third day He rose again, ascended into Heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father; from thence He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.


Nicene Creed Constantinople (AD 381)

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible;


And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of His Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father; by whom all things were made; who, for us men and for our salvation, came down from Heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the virgin, Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures, and ascended into Heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge both the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.


And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord, and Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son; who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified; who spoke by the Prophets. And I believe in one holy, catholic and apostolic Church; acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.


Definition of Chalcedon (AD 451)

Following, then, the holy fathers, we unite in teaching all men to confess the one and same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. This selfsame one is perfect both in deity and in humanity; truly God and truly man, with a rational soul and a body; consubstantial with the Father according to His deity, and consubstantial with us according to the humanity; like us in all respects, sin only excepted. Before the ages He was begotten of the Father, according to the deity, and in these last days, for us and for our salvation, He was born of Mary the virgin, who is Godbearer according to His humanity; one and the same Christ, Son, Lord, only-begotten, to be acknowledged in two natures; without confusing them, without interchanging them, without dividing them, and without separating them; the distinction of natures by no means taken away by the union, but the properties of each nature being preserved, and concurring in one Person and one subsistence; not parted or divided into two persons, but one and the same only-begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, as from the beginning the prophets have declared concerning us.

 

We also believe the Three Forms of Unity of the Reformed Churches: the Belgic Confession (1561), and the Heidelberg Catechism (1563), and the Canons of Dorts (1619) as amended for Christ the Redeemer Church A.D. 2005) as true and faithful summaries of the teaching of the Scripture. We also recognize the Westminster Standards (the Westminster Confession of Faith, the Larger and Shorter Catechisms) as being in substantial agreement and therefore also true expositions of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. 


We adopt these standards inasmuch as they are true to Holy Scripture, and as the Lord Jesus Christ Himself has taught us, and the symbol of the fathers has handed down to us. However we submit these standards and ourselves to the ultimate authority of the Holy Scriptures.


By common usage, Christ the Redeemer Church has functionally adopted the Heidelberg Catechism as found in the Canadian Reformed Book of Praise (1984; 1998 printing). 


The session adopts with approval of Heads of Household the following revised Heidelberg Catechism Q/A 80:


80  Q. What does the Lord’s Supper testify to us?

The Lord’s Supper testifies to us, first, that we have complete forgiveness of all our sins through the one sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which He Himself accomplished on the cross once for all; and, second, that through the Holy Spirit we are grafted into Christ, who with His true body is now in heaven at the right hand of the Father, and this is where He wants to be worshipped. We therefore reject any teaching that maintains, first, that the living and the dead do not have forgiveness of sins through the suffering of Christ unless He is still offered for them daily; and, second, that Christ is bodily present in the form of bread and wine, and there is to be worshipped.

Affiliations

THE CREC (OUR DENOMINATION)


The Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches is a growing body of Trinitarian, Evangelical, and Historically Reformed congregations working together for the reformation of the church and the redemption of the world. 



TYNDALE PRESBYTERY (OUR REGIONAL NETWORK OF CHURCHES)


Our regional body of churches spans the upper Midwest from Michigan to Kansas to Minnesota. We enjoy fellowship with and are accountable to our sister churches.