In a sense, there is nothing wrong with tradition. There are some great ones! In the Church there are some traditions that are indispensable. The Apostle Paul says to the Corinthians, “Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.” (1 Corinthians 11:2) Yet, as fallen human beings, we tend to invent some of our own and pretend they come directly from God. Jesus said to the religious leaders of His day, “You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.” (Mark 7:8). It is our goal to sift our traditions by the word of God and maintain what we ought while holding loosely to the rest, not letting them interfere with our pure worship or the call to reach our world.
Many churches have rejected all of the traditions and pursued a kind of utilitarian philosophy of ministry. Whatever method works to increase the numbers is employed. But this often interferes with the Scriptural commands and weakens the ministry of God’s Word which ought to be central in the church services. Personalities, music styles or even self-help or life-improvement become the theme of some fellowships. These themes often change quickly from one thing to another because the latest trend becomes of greater importance than the unchanging Word of God which has been given to order Christ’s Church. This robs those Believers of continuity of an Historic and Biblical Faith and leaves them looking for the next “spiritual high” in order to move forward in their walk with Christ.
Traditions and Trends have a place in every church. The question is, are they the governing principle there? At Redeemer Covenant Church, it is our goal to be governed by the truth of God’s Word. The ministry may not be as exciting as some or feel as comfortable as others, but Christ did not call His disciples to be entertained and comfortable, but to faithfulness and service. Jesus said it this way, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples” (John 8:31). What this does, is equip the people of God to live for Him in all circumstances of life with faith and power. It is a long-term goal of Christian maturity that we are pursuing. The goal of the Apostle Paul’s ministry was described this way. “[Christ] we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.” (Colossians 1:28-29)
We are a church that is presently moving in this direction. We will probably never arrive at doing this flawlessly, yet we are striving for this goal. We are a small church that is not willing to give in to the pressure to follow the trends of the day and also one that is consciously moving away from the comfort of doing things a certain way just because that is the way we have always done them. We believe that the Lord is calling some back into fellowship – those who have seen what we see and pulled away from the church because neither extreme seems quite right. We are reaching out to you and asking that you consider coming and joining in our labor of faith and love as we preach the Word of God and trust in His Holy Spirit to make it real in the lives of those who hear. We are also reaching out to those who want to explore the Christian Faith, who have questions or have experienced those other kinds of churches in the past and dismissed the Christian Faith because they found it unsatisfying. Take the time to see what God’s Word can do in your life.