Grace Redeemer Bible Church is an independent Bible Church in Olympia, Washington. The church was planted in 2004 when Mark Musser and his family returned from missions work in Ukraine. The name of the church reflects our spiritual priorities: grace, redemption, and God’s Word.
Grace means undeserved favor. It is the central theme of New Testament teaching about salvation and the Christian way of life. Because the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins, God is free to treat man in grace without compromising His own holy justice, which demands punishment for sin. The God of the Bible saves sinners by grace, not because of good things they have done. The only way to God is by faith in Christ, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved…” (Acts 16:31). No amount of good works can ever save anyone from the eternal penalty of sin. Christ’s death for our sins and resurrection is what bridges the gap between man and God (1 Cor. 15:3-4, Eph. 2:8-9; Rom. 3:9-4:8). In His grace, God freely gives spiritual liberty to believers in Christ. This liberty is not to be used for sinful purposes, but for training in righteousness so that we may learn to voluntarily serve others in love (John 8:30-32; Gal. 5:13-15).
The Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ. He paid the price for our sin. He is truly God and truly man in one undivided Person (Is. 9:6-7; John 1:1-18). The saving work of Christ is described as redemption. He purchased spiritual freedom for those who are helplessly lost under the penalty and power of sin. In the Bible, people are described as slaves to sin. Only Jesus Christ the Redeemer can offer a solution through the price that He paid on the cross. This is redemption, the spiritual debt of man’s sin was completely paid for (Rom. 3:23-25; Eph. 1:7). Jesus Christ the Redeemer should be the central Person in our lives.
The Bible alone is where these unique truths of grace and redemption are found. This church emphasizes the Bible as the sole authority for faith and practice as opposed to church traditions or trends (Mark 7:8-13; 2 Tim. 1:14; 3:16-17; Jude 3). The Spirit-led life is one that is lived by faith in God’s Word. Believers are called to apply truths from God’s Word in all circumstances in their everyday lives by faith, not by following traditions or feelings (Luke 4:1-12). Because of this we emphasize Bible study, interpreting each verse in a normal and straightforward way, in its original context.
The local church is the people of God who assemble together. Believers are commanded to love one another and to come together to worship, learn, serve Christ, build each other up, and have spiritual fellowship (John 13:34-35; Eph. 4:11-16; Heb. 10:24-25).
Inspiration of the Scriptures
We believe in the verbal and plenary inspiration of the Bible (2 Tim. 3:16) and that it is inerrant in all that it affirms, including the individual words (Matt 4:4; 2 Peter 1:21) and the whole (2 Tim. 3:16; 2 Peter 3:16).
The Person of God
We believe that the Triune God of Scripture is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. God is the eternal (Ps. 90:2; Is. 40:28) and sovereign King of the universe (Ps. 29:10; Heb 6:13). He is love (John 3:16; 1 John 4:7-19), He is righteous, and He is holy (Ps. 145:17; Is. 45:21). He is omniscient (Is. 40:13-14; Col. 2:3), omnipresent (Pr. 15:3; Ps. 139:7-12), omnipotent (Luke 1:37; Heb. 1:3), and immutable (James 1:17). He is One God sharing the exact same divine essence, yet also three distinct divine personalities (Deut. 6:1-4; Matt. 28:19; Ps 139:7). We deny tri-theism.
The Person of Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ, God the Son, is both truly God and truly man, the perfect representative and mediator, who was born of the virgin Mary and effectively made peace between both parties by His own death on the cross (Ps. 110; Is. 7:14; 9:1-7; Matt. 1:18-25; 22:41-45; John 1:1-14; Matt. 1:18-25; Eph. 2:14; 1 Tim. 2:3-6; Titus 2:11-13).
Man & Sin
We believe that man was originally created in God’s image, holy and innocent (Gen. 1-2), but fell into sin through the transgression of Adam who independently sinned against the will of God (Gen. 3; Rom. 5:12-21). While man did not lose God’s image through the fall (Gen. 9:6; James 3:9), he is deeply marred by the catastrophic consequences of sin (Rom. 1:18-3:20; 7:14-24; 1 John 1:8). Man is now under the judgment of God, destined for eternal separation from God, and in desperate need of salvation (John 3:16-21, 36; 2 Thess. 1:8-9).
Salvation by Grace & Eternal Security
We believe that salvation is a free, undeserved gift given to man through faith alone in the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 18:16-17; Rom. 3:21-31). Christ, God in the flesh, died for our sins and was risen from the dead (1 Cor. 15:3-4). No works of any kind, whether those done before or after salvation, in the flesh or in the power of the Holy Spirit, can be seen as a condition of salvation (Rom. 4:1-8; 11:5-6; Gal. 3:1-5). We strongly believe in the eternal security of the saints (John 6:35-40; 10:27-29; Rom. 8:31-39). Good works should follow salvation (Eph. 2:10). God evaluates the life of each believer and judges, both in time (1 Cor. 11:28-32) and at the judgment seat of Christ (2 Cor. 5:10). This judgment is a separate issue from salvation. A person’s works are not the basis upon which they are saved (Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5-7; Col. 3:12-24).
The Work of Christ on the Cross
The Bible describes the work of Christ on the cross as one of substitution. He sacrificially died for our sins and in our place (Mark 10:45; John 1:29). Substitution is a replacement – the just man for the unjust man – so that God may graciously exchange His righteousness for our sins if we believe Christ died for our sins and was risen from the dead (1 Cor. 15:3-4; 2 Cor. 5:19-21; 1 Peter 3:18). His work on the cross is further described as perfect and finished (Heb. 10:10-18; John 19:30). It was necessary and sufficient for sinners who desperately need salvation (Luke 7:41-42; Gal. 2:21; Col. 2:9-14). Faith in the Person and the work of Christ is how a person may be declared right with God (Rom. 5:1), not their own good works (Gal. 3:1-14; Rom. 3:21-4:8).
The Resurrection of Christ
We believe in the historic resurrection of Jesus Christ in which He first visibly appeared to Mary Magdalene and other women before He appeared to His disciples. He later appeared to 500 other believers at one time, then to James His brother, and lastly to the apostle Paul (Luke 24:1-49; 1 Cor. 15:1-8). The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the historic basis for our future hope and victory (1 Co.r 15:1-19; 1 Pet. 1:3-4).
Basic Theological Position
We are dispensational because we believe this view comes from a straightforward reading of Scripture. We interpret the Bible in its historical, grammatical context, including prophetic passages about the end times in both the Old and New Testaments. Because of this, we believe in the basic distinction between Israel and the Church (Acts 1:6-7; Rom. 11; Rev. 2-3; Rev. 7), We distinguish between the present state of the believer under grace and the past state Israel under the Law of Moses (Rom. 4:14-16; 6:14-15; Gal. 3:1-12; 5:13-18, 23). We believe in the pre-tribulational rapture of the church (1 Thess. 1:10; 4:13-5:9; 2 Thess. 1:6-7). The rapture will be followed by the seven year tribulation (Dan. 9:24-27; 2 Thess. 1:8; 2:1-12; Rev. 6-19). We believe that God will fulfill all of His promises to Israel (Acts 1:6-7; Rom. 11:11-25) on the earth during the Millennium, immediately following the Second Coming of Christ to the earth (Is. 2:1-4; 11:1-10; Ez. 37; Micah 4:1-7:20; Matt. 23:37-25:46; Rev. 20:1-10). After the Millennium, creation will be transformed into the new heavens and the new earth, following the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev. 20-22).