To see the Gospel of Jesus Christ bring transformation to the people of Northern NJ and everywhere we serve, so that the lost are found, the lonely find family and community, the broken taste healing, and the oppressed find freedom, all through a saving and lasting relationship with God.
GRC aims to make disciples of Jesus Christ, to mature them into the glorious likeness of the Savior, and to send them to engage the Least and the Lost, with the transforming power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the following key relational orientations:
UP — By cultivating God-glorifying and Christ-centered worship
IN — By enriching relationships within the body of Christ through intentional community, hospitality, assimilation of newcomers, and regular play & celebration, AND by shaping and equipping God’s people so that they increasingly bear the likeness of the Savior.
OUT — By personally and communally engaging in evangelism and outreach AND by sacrificially investing our personal and church resources to advance God’s Kingdom.
What is Most Important To Us
We believe that no true fulfillment or joy or peace can be attained apart from a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. The salvation that Jesus has accomplished for us is the solution to our greatest problem, which is sin. The more we apply Gospel-truth to our lives, the better we fulfill the grand design of the Creator for our lives. (Romans 1:16)
We are a place for people on every part of the spiritual journey, from those skeptical of the existence of God, to those who are committed followers of Christ. We receive Scripture “not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the Word of God” (1 Thessalonians 2:13).
We long to be a real place for real people with real stresses and life challenges. We firmly believe that the church can fulfill its purpose only by pursuing real community. We want to grow by “doing life together.” Community is about knowing and being known, loving and being loved, celebrating and being celebrated, and serving and being served. Giving to and receiving from the community of Grace Redeemer Church provides an environment in which our spiritual growth can flourish. (Ephesians 1:15-20; 3:16-19, Acts 2:42-47)
Mission and Mercy
We believe the identity of the church of Jesus Christ is shaped by a missional calling. The Scripture says of the Church: “You are a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (1 Peter 2:9). This outward-orientation involves a “Come and See” approach that aims to welcome seekers and skeptics and to show them that the Lord Jesus Christ himself satisfies all of our heart’s deepest longings. Mission also involves a “Go and Tell” motivation to proclaim Christ to the ends of the earth in fulfillment of the Great Commission. We recognize that our understanding and embrace of God’s mercy to us through Jesus Christ is deepened as we extend that same mercy to others around and among us. We want to imitate Jesus in his focus on meeting the needs of the sick, poor, and oppressed of our society. (Isaiah 58:6-7, Matthew 25:34-40)
We believe the Lord has gathered a unique church body that is able to reach people “from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9), all represented in our Bergen Co. context! We intentionally seek to pursue and to preserve a multi-ethnic identity in order to maintain our missional focus on reaching our neighbors.