What we believe God is calling us to do
Transforming lives through God's grace for authentic Christian living.
What we believe God is calling us to be
Redeemer strives to be a Christ-centered, spirit-filled, inter-generational community devoted to growing in faith, love and service to God, where everyone is welcome--regardless of faith background, social status, economic class, age, sexual orientation, ability, color or culture--to join fellow travelers in the journey of faith and life, to enter into meaningful, supportive relationships and to worship God with passion and love.
Guidance as we pursue our mission
Christianity is a growing experience. In order to experience transformation, we are called to move from spiritual infancy to spiritual maturity (Philippians 3:13-14, Ephesians 4:12-14). Therefore, we seek opportunities for learning and spiritual growth. Small groups are a great way for this to happen (Acts 2:42-47). As we grow in faith, we turn our hearts to God, giving of ourselves and our resources freely and cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Scripture is our foundation for spiritual growth. We, as Lutherans, believe that scripture is the inspired, living Word of God, intended for equipping us for a life of service to God (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Growing deeper in our understanding of the Bible is the key to faith formation and authentic Christian living (Psalm 119:105).
Prayer opens us to the transforming power of God's love. Prayer invites us into intimate communication with God (Luke 11:1-4) and enables God to communicate directly with us. It is also a primary means of supporting one another (James 5:13-16).
Relationships are essential to Christian life. Jesus loves us and as his followers, we are called to share that love with one another (John 15:12-17) and with our neighbors (Luke 10:25-28) and even with our enemies (Matthew 5:43-48). At Redeemer, people of all ages and life stages are valued and cared for.
Service to others is our calling. Jesus teaches the way of the servant (John 13:3-17) and reminds disciples often that they are called to a life of service (Mark 9:33-35). He calls us to live fruitful lives (John 15:5, 16-17). We are called to serve one another within the Christian community and to serve others in need (Luke 10:27-37).
Being Lutheran is an asset. Martin Luther's theology helped us to see the incredible power of God's grace. That message is a gift that the world desperately needs to hear. (Romans 5:1-11).
On September 14, 1958 the first service was held at Bellaire School and approximately 100 people worshiped at the first Sunday service of Redeemer Lutheran Church.
The first charter signing was October 12, 1958 and it remained open for additional signing until May 17, 1959. Ground was broken for the new Redeemer Lutheran Church building after the service on Sunday, October 26, 1958. Approximately 130 prospective members, many with shovels in hand, formed an outline of the new building. Surrounding the area was a pasture with horses to the north and open country to the south and east. Redeemer Lutheran Church was formally organized on February 3, 1959. The constitution was adopted and offices and administrators were elected.
In 1961, the congregation saw the need for expanded space for education programs. Through refinancing and loans, an addition to the building was built. In 1964 the congregation purchased seven lots south of the original church property. The congregation gave approval to build a new sanctuary in October 1967. Plans for the new building and renovation of the kitchen were approved December 1968. The new sanctuary was dedicated as the congregation celebrated it's tenth anniversary.