The New Testament ministry strategy in the book of Acts is rather straightforward: Gospel-Centered Church Planting. The Apostle Paul never evangelizes and disciples without planting churches. So wherever the Gospel was preached, congregations where new believers could gather to experience fellowship, community, and mission were formed. We believe God has called us to a unique and important work in a specific time and a strategic place. We believe God has called us to plant a church in Nassau County.
North Shore Baptist Church is RGF’s planting/mother church. This Gospel-centered local church is located in Bayside, and the elders of North Shore are committed to raising disciples and being part of the Great Commission through church planting. Redeeming Grace Fellowship is the fifth local church North Shore has planted.
Pastor Caleb Bunch, along with the elders of North Shore Baptist Church, recognized the need for more gospel-centered, bible believing, Christ glorifying churches on Long Island. Twenty-Seven committed members of North Shore joined in the mission and On September 20, 2015 Redeeming Grace Fellowship officially launched.
Redeeming Grace Fellowship exists to make much of Jesus and to make Him known to the lost. Our calling is to be a community of Christ worshipers who love the Lord with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength and who display that love to the world by living out the Great Commission.
Our vision is to be a church that faithfully gathers and scatters, edifies and evangelizes, builds community and burdens itself with Christ’s commission for Long Island and beyond. We hope to cherish our vision through Gospel-centered & Gospel-driven weekly corporate gatherings, community groups, community engagement, church planting, and missional lifestyles that reflect our missional Savior, Jesus.
CHRIST, COMMUNITY, REDEMPTION, RENEWAL
Christ is the epicenter of our lives and our church. Nothing else compares to Him. Scripture makes it crystal clear that all of creation and history is about Jesus, “For from him and through him and to him are all things” (Romans 11:36a & Colossians 1:16). He is the Son of God—the One who lived a perfect life, died in the place of sinful people like us, and then rose from the dead. His work on the cross brings forgiveness of sins, salvation, and eternal life to everyone who repents and places his/her trust in Him. That’s the gospel, and that’s why we make much of Jesus Christ in every sermon, song, ministry, meeting, relationship… It’s all about Jesus Christ.
The Gospel is clear that life in Christ involves being saved from sin and condemnation, but it also involves being saved from alienation. Through Christ’s work, we are brought from isolation into relationship—relationship with God and relationship with others. In the Old Testament, God declares, “I will be your God and you shall be my people” (Leviticus 26:12, Jeremiah 30:22). In the New Testament, Jesus teaches His disciples to direct their prayers toward “Our Father.” In other words, through the Gospel, God welcomes us into His community—His family. And it’s in this family where we find community with other people. Jesus still intends for His disciples to gather in communities (churches) where they can learn, live, grow, and work together on a shared mission.
The Gospel brings radical freedom. Because of Christ’s work, we go from being prisoners and slaves to free men, women, and children. In other words, we’re redeemed by Jesus, our great Redeemer! In Him we’re freed from sin, condemnation, and death, and we’re freed to pursue holiness, love God, and love others as we follow Jesus on His mission.
The Gospel of grace brings transformation. Through Christ we are given an entirely new identity. This results in a new life with new desires, affections, and purpose, all lived out in a new community on a new mission. And as we experience daily renewal in our lives both individually and as a community, we in turn also become agents of renewal in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, cities, and beyond. As a community of transformed (and transforming) disciples of Jesus, Redeeming Grace Fellowship is committed to serving and renewing Long Island by spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ through word and deed.