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."
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.
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.
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.