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Beliefs

When Redeemer Presbyterian Church is asked about its beliefs, there are often different concerns for those who ask the question. For example, some want to know about our theological distinctives. Others desire greater clarity about what it means to be a Presbyterian Church. Still others are concerned about engagement with the world in matters of evangelism and mercy. While this summary may not answer every question, it provides a helpful launching pad for further exploration!

Redeemer’s faith and life are anchored in the historic Christian faith as it is revealed in the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. Together with Christians throughout the ages we affirm the historic Nicene and Apostle’s creeds and such foundational truths as:

The Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures
We believe the Bible is God's Word, completely trustworthy and without error. It is the ultimate authority for all that we believe and practice in life.

The Trinity
The Bible teaches that one real and personal God exists eternally in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Human Beings
The Bible teaches that human beings are created gloriously in the image of their creator to enjoy God and live out his purposes in this world. Nevertheless, the human race, on account of our first parents, has become estranged from its creator through the overwhelming power of sin. Left to ourselves, we would not fulfill the magnificent purpose for which we were created, but instead perish forever.

The Person of Jesus Christ
Out of God’s sheer love and grace, God the Son took on human flesh in the person of Jesus Christ in order to deliver humanity from its lost condition. In so doing, Jesus lived a sinless life, obeyed God's law completely, suffered and died on the cross of Calvary, and then was physically raised on the third day. He did all this to accomplish the salvation of his people.

Faith & Repentance
Each person can receive this salvation by renouncing their former manner of life and believing in Jesus Christ alone. This is not something we earn (by good works), but itself a gift of God’s grace. An obedient life (good works) is lived in the power of the Holy Spirit and evidence of the salvation we have freely received by grace.

The Church
The church is the people of God from all ages, saved by the blood of Jesus Christ, the head of the church, also called "the body of Christ." Christians join together in local communities or churches to worship their Lord, to grow together in his likeness, and to enjoy serving him together.

Additionally, as a member of the Presbyterian Church in America, we trace our theological and ecclesiastical roots to the Reformed tradition of Protestantism. The Westminster Standards are a wonderful expression of the Bible’s core teachings and has served as the doctrinal standard for Presbyterians since the seventeenth century.

By God’s grace and all for his glory, Redeemer Presbyterian Church exists to worship God’s greatness, grow in Gospel freedom and extend God’s Kingdom in San Antonio and beyond.