Redemption Church Casa Grande
TEMPORARILY MEETING IN COOLIDGE - EVERY SATURDAY AT 6:30PM
About Redemption Bible Church - Casa Grande
See Also Our Sister Church, Cornerstone Bible Church, Tucson



Below is what we are:
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Q. What Does Teaching Look Like at Your Church?

Here's a three-minute sermon sample:


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Gospel-First

Redemption Bible Church was founded on the belief that Jesus Christ is the head of the church and that the Gospel alone builds the church. All true preaching either points towards the Gospel, laying the groundwork for people to receive Christ, or it proclaims those things that flow from the Gospel as a benefit of the cross.


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Evangelism-Oriented

Because only the Gospel can be the power of God unto salvation, Redemption's outreach ministries involve only those mercy ministries that combine with evangelism. However, most of our outreach efforts are entirely evangelistic.




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Biblically-Modeled Preaching

The New Testament models three kinds of preaching:

1. Imparting the Faith. Therefore we preach the essential doctrines. That's what you'll get from our "Foundations Series." [See Statement of Faith]
 
2. Showing Christ in Every Scripture. Therefore, our preaching is radically Christ-centric. We do this through our "Expository Series."

3. Shepherding and Topical Messages. Thus, we look at the local body's needs and ask, "How can we minister to this church body particularly?" That's the idea behind our "Shepherd Talks."



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A Community of Prayer

William E Sangster wisely said, "When you get to heaven and realize all that prayer did on this earth, you will be ashamed that you prayed so poorly." The Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts reveal that God's people, in following the model set by Christ, are a people of prayer. To be an Acts 1:8 supernatural people we must ask of God for the success of our efforts. For only by the power of God's Spirit are people drawn to Christ, enlightened to see Christ's beauty, regenerated unto new life, filled by the Spirit, and moved to walk in a newness of holy living.



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A Community of Holiness

Christ saved us that He might make us holy both by justification and by sanctification. By justification we are freely reckoned to be holy through the perfect righteousness of Christ gifted to us as if it were our own righteousness. By sanctification, the Spirit of Christ in us makes us more and more truly holy in faith, desire, and actions. To this end, we define holiness only by the terms described in Scripture and not by any so-called "new movements" or extreme or rigid external forms of holiness such as those condemned by Christ in the lives of the Pharisees.



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Sound Theology

Our theology is closely inline with pastors and preachers such as John MacArthur, John Piper, and Alistair Begg. We preach the Doctrines of Grace and maintain a confessional statement of faith that is reminiscent of the Westminster Confession and the 1689 London Baptist Confession [See Statement of Faith].

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Theologically Sound Music

Because we understand that God is to be worshipped as he commands, we follow the three types of songs Scripture commands us to sing (Ephesians 5:19): Psalms (from the book of Psalms), Hymns (teaching songs), and spiritual songs (any songs--contemporary included--sung to the glory of God and in truth) [See the "Songs We Sing" Playlist from our YouTube Channel].

Spiritual Songs Hymns Psalms


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Families Are Invited to Worship Together

We understand that our church gathering may feel unfamiliar to you. Here we invite children to attend with the adults for the main service. This doesn’t mean that we don’t have youth ministry or things for younger kids to do. We do (Read about it here). It does mean that youth, adult, and other age-group ministry happens in a church that also strives for multi-generational interaction and unity.

United churches are finding allies among seminaries such as the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (see: Al Mohler on Age Segregation) and well-known pastors because of their proven efficacy in promoting multi-generational faithfulness.
 
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR YOUTH MINISTRY PROGRAM:


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Multi-Racial Unity

Redemption Bible Church seeks to model the church from every tongue and every tribe and we embrace racial unity that is only possible through Jesus Christ.

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Outreach Ministries

 • Evangelism
 • Homebound Visitation
 • Hospice Spiritual Comfort Care
 • Homeless Mother Support
 • Human Trafficking Rescue
 • Adultery Crisis Counseling
 • Broken Marriage Counseling

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Tithes & Distribution

Many people want to know where tithes go. Redemption Bible Church takes all general tithing (tithes where the donor does not specify a specific fund) and distributes it among the following purposes:

10 Percent - Foreign Missions
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10 Percent - Pastors in Training
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10 Percent - Orphan/Adoption Support Fund
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70 Percent - General Funds
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1 Currently supporting full-time missionaries in Mexico (Matthew 28-16-20).
2 Seminary & college expenses (Matthew 9:38; 2 Timothy 2:2).
3 For church members only who need help paying adoption fees and to care for orphans (James 1:27).
4 Utilities, administrative overhead, payroll, travel, assets, insurance, etc. (Galatians 6:6).
Meet Our Team
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Greg Thornberg

Teaching Pastor
Studied at Southern Seminary
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Josh Franklin
Teaching Pastor
Studied at Bible Study Fellowship

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Elijah Ashe
Discipleship Team
B.A. Biblical Studies - Master's Univ.
M.Div. Student - Phoenix Seminary

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Josiah Ashe
Discipleship Team
B.A. Biblical Studies - Master's Univ.
M.Div. Student - Phoenix Seminary

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Jacob Thornberg
Discipleship Team
Biblical Studies Major at
The Master's University

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Latest Podcast




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Common Q&As


Q. Are you associated with other Redemption Churches in Arizona?
A. No.
 
Q. Is there something for the kids?
A. If by "something" you mean friendship opportunities and youth-specific discipleship programs, yes.
 
   More information: Check out our Harvest Youth Ministry Program.
 
Q. Are you denominationally affiliated?
A. Not presently. It is our hope to eventually affiliate with a balanced and well-respected denomination because of its many benefits and its mutual support of churches. Churches that are fiercely independent often become wayward, foolish, and strange. We wish to avoid this error.
 
Q. What version of the Bible do you recommend?
A. For younger readers and new believers, we highly recommend the NIV. For most adult believers, we recommend the ESV. And for academic study of the Bible, we recommend the NASB. We read the ESV for our services.
 
Q. Are you Reformed or Arminian?
A. We are Reformed but we hold that Reformed and many Arminian Christians are within orthodox Christianity. As such, we are eager to labor in the Gospel with a variety of churches.

 
Q. Are you a "Prosperity Gospel Church?"
A. No. We are publicly opposed to "prosperity" churches (i.e., Charismatic Televangelists, etc.). See our statement: The Christian Life and Suffering - A Response to the Prosperity Gospel
 
Q. Are you a Charismatic Church?
A. Not by the common use of the term "charismatic church." We do, however, believe in the continuation of some gifts (pastors, teachers, evangelists, etc.) with the exception of the offices of prophet and apostle. The Scriptures alone are God's special revelatory word for today. See our statement: The Spiritual Gifts
 
Q. Are you a member of the Family-Integrated Churches Movement?
A. No, but we share the belief that the main Sunday services should be for all ages. Unlike most family-integrated churches, we do have a youth program.
 
Q. Are small children allowed to be in the service with me?
A. Absolutely. This is encouraged but not required. If your children find it too difficult to sit through the entire service, we will also work to have a family room where you can let your small children play while you listen to the sermon.
 
Q. Are you an expository sermon preaching church?
A. Yes. This means that the points we preach must come from the Scriptures themselves. We are not, however, a strictly verse-by-verse preaching church. See our "Biblically-Modeled Preaching" section above.
 
Q. Who teaches at your church?
A. RBC only has teachers and pastors who have been formally trained at Reformed colleges and seminaries. These pastors and teachers have been affirmed by the congregation who have seen these individuals walking with the Lord faithfully for years, affirmed their calling to ministry, affirmed their soundness of doctrine, and affirmed their ability to teach. When guest pastors and teachers come, these pastors and teachers also meet the requirements above.
 
Q. Do you have church membership? Why and how does it work?
A. Yes. Why have membership? Because the early church leaders of the Bible recognized those who made a credible profession of faith, evidenced by a new way of life, and included them into the church. This is why we consider membership to be biblical. Like the apostles, we identify believers and include them in the local church's work. Unbelievers were not admitted to be members of the church, though they were always welcome to come and hear the Gospel preached. Membership is for believers who make a credible profession of faith, show a credible change of life, and are rightly baptized (i.e., were believers when receiving baptism). Membership is voluntary and members are free to leave at any time to join another church. The duties of membership include the support of the entire church (of both fellow members and staff) through sharing of burdens, mutual edification, compassion, community outreach, defense of the faith, and decision making for the church. We also have members enter into a membership covenant promising to uphold the biblical duties of all fellow believers as commanded in Scripture (see Membership Covenant).
 
Q. Who is allowed to take communion at your church?
A. It is our position that all who are old enough to make a credible profession of faith, have been baptized as part of that profession, and live a life demonstrating the fruits of the born again nature may participate in communion and are not required to be members of our church. However, they must be faithful members of a true, orthodox, and Gospel-preaching church.
 
Q. What is your official end times view?
A. We are historic premillenial like Charles Spurgeon, John Piper, Wayne Grudem, and many other well-respected Baptist pastors and theologians. This is not to be confused with forms of dispensationalism (most common among KJV-only churches) some of which we hold to be apostate views contrary to the Gospel. We are not a dispensationalist church.
 
Q. Have you heard of theonomic reconstructionism (dominion theology)? What is your view on this movement?
We wouldn't normally put a question like this on our website, but it has been asked enough times that we felt it was necessary to address this issue. We reject dominion-theology (also known as theonomic reconstructionism) because it, intentionally or not, makes the Old Testament Law the grounds of society's salvation. We reject it on the grounds that it is not Gospel-centered and that it makes the Law to serve a purpose God did not give it for or assign to the Law. We reject it on the grounds that many churches in this movement have an excessive focus on weapons, militance, and training its members to be de facto anti-government militias rather than peaceful citizens of a nation. We reject it on the grounds that many churches in this movement have become apostate and have come to neglect the Gospel and no longer be true churches. We reject it on the grounds that many churches in this movement have become spiritually abusive and heavy handed and it wounds many who have entered them. We reject it on the grounds that many churches in this movement have become anti-government and critical of authority rather than having a submissive heart towards our leaders as Scripture commands. We reject it on the grounds that many churches in this movement encourage domineering, un-Christlike, anti-servant, and abusive manhood. In short, we reject it because it is a root of apostasy and logically leads churches to ruin.
 
Q. One of your pastors has a LOT of kids. Are you anti-birth control?
A. The size of your family is not a measure of holiness. However, we do feel that most Christian families are not open enough to having children and that birth control is often used more than God would desire. We ought to agree with God that children are a blessing (Psalm 127). The idea that having fewer children is the path to prosperity and blessedness is a decidedly secular belief that has harmed the prosperity of many nations. That said, our church's official stance on birth control is that Christians should be more open to having children and should avoid those forms of birth control that are abortifacient (abortion / miscarriage-causing drugs and devices) because God commands us not to kill. Because of this, we believe that, if birth control is used, barrier method birth control or rythm method brith control are to be preferred and let each family follow their own conscience as it pertains to family size.
 
Q. What are your thoughts on the LGBTQ+ community?
A. We have the same thoughts on this issue as we do alcoholism, promiscuity, adultery, etc. . . . such were some of us. But we were washed, we were sanctified, we were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
 
Q. Does your church teach the courtship model for marriage and relationships?
A. Our answer is more nuanced than a simple yes or no answer. We answer it here because we have ministered to many young couples who have been traumatized and/or confused by this well-intentioned movement and wonder what God's will is for relationship. First, there are two courtship movements--hyper-patriarchal and self-imposed courtship models. Our opinion of them both is found below.
 
The Hyper-Patriarchal Courtship Model
The first is a hyper-patriarchal courtship model based on a poor interpretation of Numbers 30:3-5. In this model, a father "remains in authority over his daughters" even when she is an adult. We reject this courtship model. Numbers 30 does not say that the father has authority over adult children. Rather, it says that the father has authority over her "in her youth." The Bible affirms authority of fathers over all "children" (sons and daughters) in their youth (Ephesians 6:1; hence the word "children"). We affirm the authority of parents over minors. However, we reject the authority of parents over adults. Further, a person who asserts authority where they do not have authority is practicing tyranny. So we reject the hyper-patriarchal model because it is an exercize in abuse of authority. Also, where tyranny exists and is wielded in the name of God you have spiritual abuse. So we reject this model because it is an exercize of spiritual abuse and brings disrepute on the name of Christ. Finally, this model in practice usually ends in disaster and broken families. We say this based on our personal experience of helping young adult men and women navigate coming out of this culture. The hyper-patriarchal courtship movement has the tendency to destroy the relationships between parents and adult children and leaves life-long emotional, spiritual, and relational scars by many who practice it. So we reject this model because it is destructive. There are several other serious problems related to this model that lead us to reject it, but we do not have time to ellaborate on all of them (anti-Gospel mindset, cult-like authority of parents, almost marriage-like commitments required of young men prior to engangement, arbitrary parental expectations imposed on a couple, an almost hostage-negotiation-like feel for young women, the inability of young couples to really get to know each other due to an inability to be open and honest, legalism, joylessness, depression, de facto prohibition of marriage in some cases, and more).
 

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The Self-Imposed Courtship Model
The second courtship model is the self-imposed courtship model. This model is not imposed by parents but by the individual upon themselves. The idea behind this model is to avoid excessive emotional and relational entanglements until one is sure that a prospective mate is ideal for marriage. This model aims to maintain purity, be ready for the duties of marriage, avoid "recreational dating," honor parents, and thoroughly examine prospective mates before becoming emotionally attached and engaged. While we agree with many of the goals of this model, some elements of this model are unbiblical. For example, some couples in this model withhold emotions until they are engaged to marry. The problem with this is that when they decide to get engaged it requires a person to make a promise to marry (i.e., get engaged) prior to establishing that one person loves the other. Because love is required in marriage, we hold that it is sinful to promise to marry someone prior to determining whether or not one person will fulfill the duty to love the other. Love for one another should be firmly established prior to an engagement. We are not opposed to the term courtship and we feel fond of this term, but it is our desire to seek biblical balance. Our position is that Christians should maintain the things of the self-imposed courtship model that agree with God's Word (purity, readiness, etc.) while rejecting those things that do not (sterile emotionless evaluation of a mate, etc.). And given the many different ways people righteously got married in the Bible,[a] we should avoid a rigid one-size-fits-all approach to relationships and marriage. What young adults should do is apply biblical principles (love, purity, readiness, etc.) to every unique relationship opportunity that arises and to expect that the application of these biblical principles may vary depending on the circumstances.
 
[a] There isn't a one-size-fits-all marriage model. Isaac's marriage was arranged. Jacob worked for his. Moses got his by means of chivalry. Ruth's was initiated by the woman. David got his bride as a reward. It's time to stop talking about THE "biblical model" as if there's only one.
 
 
Q. What are your church's bylaws?
Link: Redemption Bible Church Bylaws
 
 

 

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