A Brief History of Redeemer Baptist Church
“I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matt. 16:18, ESV). These highly prized words of our Lord Jesus Christ are rooted in His great love for the church and reveal to us His purpose to build His glorious church. The Lord Jesus, having determined in eternity to do so, conceived Redeemer Baptist Church through a group of four families that united for the purpose of establishing an assembly of called-out ones who would worship and serve the Lord as one body. The group’s first major step was studying through the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith in order to confirm a unity of doctrine and purpose in the members. Having completed this study and rejoicing in such unity, the group began meeting for worship on Sunday, March 24, 1998, bearing the name Redeemer Baptist Fellowship.
Our gracious God was pleased to bless our fellowship with unity and growth over the next three years so that on March 25, 2001, with the aid of two Reformed Baptist churches, we constituted as Redeemer Baptist Church. Sixteen adult members embraced the Covenant of Membership and heartily took the vow of membership to officially form this new local church of Jesus Christ.
Since constituting as one of His churches the Lord has been pleased to work mightily in our midst. We have experienced the great joy of conversions, many of them our own children. An appreciation for and practice of worship on the Lord’s Day has grown, and our congregation can truly be called a praying congregation. Two additional elders were raised up and ordained to serve in the church so that three elders now shepherd the flock. Though not a large body, there has been much opportunity for service in the kingdom of God on the local, national, and world scene. For the opportunity and privilege to serve, we are humbled and thankful to the great Head of the Church. Our ability to serve the kingdom has been enhanced through our membership in the Southeastern Association of Confessional Baptist Churches (SACB). As a member church in this association, we are able to receive and give gospel encouragement and support to other churches and thus keep the big picture of the kingdom ever before us.
The conception, birth, growth, and sustaining of Redeemer Baptist Church has been and continues to be a testimony to the grace and faithfulness of our Lord Jesus Christ. For this, we are eternally thankful.
The purpose of this church is to glorify the God of the scriptures in promoting his worship, evangelizing sinners and edifying saints. Therefore, we are committed to the proclamation of God’s perfect Law and the glorious Gospel of his grace through all the world and to the defense of the “faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” Jude 3 (New King James)
1689 London Baptist Confession
The ultimate authority in all matters of faith, order and morals is and must be the Bible alone, which truth is clearly set forth in the opening article of the 1689 London Baptist Confession. We adopt this confession as an accurate expression of our faith. This historic document is an excellent summary of “the things most surely believed among us”, and we find it to be an assistance in controversy, a confirmation in faith, and a means of edification in righteousness.