On this page, read about Who We Are, What We Believe, and our Values. If you have any questions about our church, please contact us.
Who We Are:
We are passionate about the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15). This is the good news of the gospel: Salvation for sinners. Favor to the undeserving. Love for the unlovely. Rescue for the helpless. Forgiveness for the guilty. Redemption for the broken. God’s love, free and abundant for the empty and longing. This is the life-transforming message of the gospel, which we are passionate about knowing and seeing others come to know.
We are a Church-plant.
In September 2014 Hope Church in Shippensburg sent us to start a “daughter” congregation here in Chambersburg, PA. We meet for Worship on Sunday mornings at the Rec Center in Chambersburg, and have bible study groups meeting in homes throughout the week. If you would like to learn more please contact us.
We are part of the PCA.
Redeemer Church is part of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), a growing denomination which seeks to be faithful to God’s Word and is committed to the spread of the gospel in our country and world. We are connected historically to the protestant reformation and our doctrinal standards are summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith. “Presbyterian” most basically means that elders are called to shepherd and pastor the local congregation.
What We Believe:
What we Believe.
We believe that the Bible is the Word of God, and as such is the only rule for our faith and Christian life. As part of the universal Church, we hold to the ancient creeds of the church (such as the Apostle’s Creed and Nicene Creed) as statements of the Christian faith. As part of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), we hold to the Westminster Confession of Faith & Catechisms as an accurate summary of what the Bible teaches, and so pastors, elders, and deacons in the PCA subscribe to and uphold this statement of faith. Generally speaking, we are a reformed & evangelical church.
Membership, however, is not limited to those who subscribe to the Westminster Confession of Faith. Membership in Christ’s Church does not require that one be a presbyterian, reformed, hold to a certain view of baptism, etc; rather, membership in the Church is open to any Christian who makes a credible profession of faith in Christ. A credible profession in faith includes 1) an acknowledgement of one’s sinfulness and before God, 2) a personal faith in Jesus, the only Savior of sinners, for salvation, 3) resolve to live one’s life for Christ, in reliance upon the Holy Spirit, and 4) committing oneself to participation and service in the life of the Church. We offer membership classes to give people the opportunity to learn more about the beliefs of our church and what church membership is all about.
Worship. Learn. Love. Grow.
Worship is the eternal task – and delight – of the church. God is central in our lives; He is our King; His love for us creates in our hearts a love for him; He is worthy of our worship. In our sin, we often give our worship to other things; we let our hearts be captivated by things which can’t give them the only delight they were made to be satisfied by. But, God in his grace, is drawing our hearts back to him. Gathered worship on Sunday moves us to live our entire lives as “living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God, which is our spiritual worship.”
If God is the object of our worship, then his Word is the standard for our lives. Christians, and the Church, are governed by the Scriptures, which are the Word of God – the sole and final authority on all matters of Christian doctrine and Christian living. And so, the task of the Church is to teach Scripture, and the task of all Christians is to learn what the Scriptures teach and apply it to their lives.
Just as we can’t rightly love until we’ve learned what it is to love, neither have we rightly learned until we’ve put into practice what we’ve learned, by living a life of love. Christians should be known for their love – because we have experienced the love of God for us in salvation – and so shouldn’t be concerned merely with “information”, but with “transformation”. We strive for our lives to be transformed more into the image of Jesus, who was the perfect embodiment and example of love on earth, and who taught us to love one another, love our neighbors, and even to love our enemies.
Christians should realize they haven’t arrived, and so strive for personal growth and change. As a result, they should be able to love and extend grace and patience towards others who haven’t arrived, no matter where they stand on the spectrum. The Church should have an unquenchable desire to see more and more people come to know Christ. And so, it can never be ingrown or inward focused, but always reaching out and welcoming in the outsiders – even those who are different than us or seem difficult to love, since we know that we ourselves are difficult to love. We strive to be a place where anyone can come and feel welcome, learn about the Christian faith, and worship God.