Our Mission Statement Reads:
To expose and explain the Person and work of Jesus to those near and far, geographically and culturally.
Why does Remedy put an emphasis on diversity and multicultural outreach? The simple, easy short answer, we pursue Jesus, therefore, Jesus’ passions become ours. We believe that when a church is pursuing Jesus and loving those near and far in His name it will reflect His heart for the nations. That diversity is a physical expression or fruit of His unconditional love to us, that His grace is His greater than our differences. Jesus commanded us to go to “all nations” and throughout the Bible there are examples, commands and encouragements to love neighbors, enemies, family, rulers, authorities and the cities in which we live.
It is in the midst of awkward cultural differences that the grace and peace of Jesus is exemplified. Our inability to understand another person, it is in that weakness that the strength of Christ prevails, forgiveness reigns. Diversity moves us to keep our eyes on Jesus not on ourselves or each other. In diversity if we take our eyes off Jesus sin and chaos move in quickly. Diversity keeps us from slipping into the comfort our fleshly desires.
Diversity is a physical expression or fruit of His unconditional love to ALL of us. He bore our sins, the sins of all humans past, present and future, the sins of his creation, people, who are rich, poor, educated, simple, sick, healthy, dark, light, no matter the language, no matter location, not even by the type or frequency of sin; Jesus died for our sins. Who are we then to hold back on the love or grace of God to anyone at any time.
The blood of Jesus does not discriminate:
And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation…
Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people.
In Jesus we are all the same family, heir to the same kingdom, entered through the same faith:
…for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.
Within the Body of Christ there is no class difference:
Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
Judgement does not discriminate:
Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains…
In Jesus we are made a new race without color or peculiar language, have a new role where everyone is royalty and has access to the King; a nation without physical boundaries, a new people no longer owned by this world, but by God, with a new purpose; to proclaim God’s goodness (worship), living in a new state of being:
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
Commanded to go to all nations:
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 2:38 -39
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”
To see all men and women, young to old, rich to poor, no matter race, education, religious background, political affiliation; live out their created purpose through relationship with Jesus by grace through faith in Him and Him alone.
As God demonstrates His love, faithfulness and grace in our Body by bringing those whom He has called from all walks of life; lets worship Him and honor Him by keeping our eyes on Him, His praise on our lips, our trust in His providence and our hearts right before Him. Our God is amazing