Grace Redeemer Bible Church is an independent, Protestant, Bible Church planted in October 2004 on the west side of Olympia, Washington. The name of our church reflects our spiritual priorities upon grace, redemption, and Scripture.
Grace means unmerited favor. It is the central theme of New Testament teaching regarding salvation and the Christian way of life. Because Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, God is free to treat man in grace without compromising His own holy character or condoning man’s sin in any way. Thus contrary to popular opinion, the God of the Bible saves people on the basis of grace, not upon the basis of any religious works. Man is therefore commanded to “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved (Acts 16:31),” not work his way up to heaven by his own religious efforts. Faith in the cross without works is what bridges the gulf between man and God (Eph 2:8-9; Rom 3:9-4:8: Gal 2:16). The results of grace is that it freely grants spiritual liberty to believers in Christ, which is not to be used for sinful purposes but for discipleship training so that they may learn to voluntarily serve others in love for the sake of the Gospel (John 8:31-32; Gal 5:1-14; Eph 2:8-10; Titus 2:11-3:8).
Redeemer is the personal Agent of grace, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is both fully God and fully man in one undivided Person (Isa 9:6-7; Matt 22:41-45; John 1:1-14; Heb 1:1-14). The saving action of Christ is described as a work of redemption, i.e., to purchase spiritual freedom for those who are helplessly lost under the dominion and power of sin. Mankind is described in the Bible as a slave to sin, which only Jesus Christ the Redeemer can rectify through the redemptive act of the cross in which the spiritual debt of man’s sin was completely paid for (Ps 49:5-9; Rom 3:23-25; Eph 1:7). Thus Jesus Christ the Redeemer should be the central Figure of our lives.
The Bible alone is where these unique doctrines on grace and redemption are found. This church emphasizes the teaching of the Bible as the sole authority for faith and practice as opposed to church traditions, or even popular contemporary religious activities (Luke 24:27; Acts 20:20-31; Eph 2:20; 2 Tim 1:14; 3:16-17; Jude 3). The Spirit filled life is thus one dominated by the Scriptures wherein believers are expected to apply difficult truths in difficult circumstances into their everyday lives by faith, not by following some religious movement or feeling of some sort (Luke 4:1-12; Heb 3:7-13; Eph 4:30-5:21; Col 3:16-17; Isa 66:1-5; Zec 4:6; Acts 4:31; 1 Thess 1:5-6). Verse-by-verse Bible study is thus purposefully stressed.
The local church is where God’s people are commanded to congregate for the sake of worship, discipleship, edification, ministry and spiritual fellowship (Acts 2:42; Eph 4:11-16; Heb 10:25).
“And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fulness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by that which every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love (Ephesians 4:11-16).”