Who We Are
We find our common ground in the good news of grace. A church is comprised of people, not programs; believers, not bricks.
We come from different places and different backgrounds. We bring with us our different stories, different opinions, different personalities, and different abilities. But we find our common ground in the good news of grace, the eternal character and finished work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We gather to worship the one true God who has revealed Himself in the Bible. We believe He has given us the privilege to commune with Him and with one another in one accord. We love the simplicity of ancient Christianity: a Jesus-centeredness.
We believe that seekers long for serious Christianity that is unhampered by legalism, but has not lost its moorings in orthodox faith. We embrace traditions; we abhor traditionalism. First and foremost, our desire is to point men and women and children to Jesus week by week in our congregational worship.
Currently we gather at 9:30am for our weekly worship service and the Lord’s Table. But please join us at 9:00 for coffee and breakfast snacks before the service begins.
What We Believe
We seek to be Word-centered and Gospel-driven.
The Word of God is crucial! The ministry of Redeemer Church will, we hope, always keep God’s Word central. Why? The Bible is God’s written Word—how He’s chosen to communicate to us Who He is, what He has been doing, and what He expects of us. The Bible alone holds the ultimate, most trustworthy, most authoritative answers to the questions of life and eternity. We believe that the written Word is a reflection of the Living Word, Jesus Christ, and that its contents are our reliable, sufficient rule of faith and practice. When a moral question is raised, or when we face a difficult circumstance, we choose to resort to the Bible for guidance, correction or comfort rather than falling back on our own experiences and opinions.
We seek to be traditional in our message.
We hold to historical Christian distinctives. We gladly accept broken, unaccomplished, needy sinners like ourselves—but we are not seeker-driven. We do not believe that “doing church” is what God requires of men and women, and we do not believe that it is the local church’s responsibility to water down nor add to the gospel of Christ in order to make it a more “comfortable” place to be. Do we want that gospel [good news] to be understandable? Yes. Do we ourselves want to be compassionate and inclusive? Yes. We want the broken people. People, like us, who know their sinfulness. We are here for those who know they need something more than what this life has to offer. We seek not to offer more of the same, but to offer something different. The person and work of Jesus Christ is enough for us. We invite you to come see why.
We seek to be relevant in our vision.
We maintain that the Bible is more than a collection of ancient writings, but rather it contains everything we need to face the problems of life in today’s culture. Consequently, our teaching and preaching will include practical application to help us live as we ought. We are not an elite group of “the arrived,” and we are committed to continual change. We rest on and submit to the absolute, unchanging truth of the Bible, and it in turn changes us. We hear and meditate on God’s Word—and while we do that, we try to be doers of that Word, and not hearers only. We have found that the unchanging truths of the Bible affect our everyday lives, and we pray that we will become more and more like Jesus Christ as we submit to and obey His Word.
Bob Bixby, Lead Pastor
Bob grew up in the Central African Republic and France and brings to us twenty-two years of pastoral experience in multi-cultural settings. After studying in France, Bob returned to his birth country to study for the ministry. It was there that he met his life-long companion and together they returned to Europe where Bob served as a pastor for ten years. In 2002, Bob became the founding pastor of a church plant that grew to become a thriving ministry. After twelve years of hard work and loving relationships, that church, Morning Star Church, sent Bob with their blessing to start a church in Fremont. Bob and his wife have two school-age children and a dog! Bob enjoys reading, hiking, sports, history, coffee, and family time. He is thrilled about the opportunity to live in California!
Ricky Blaha, Elder
Ricky was born a “cheesehead” in the state of Wisconsin. At the age of nine his family moved from the Midwest to the southeast where he lived in South Carolina for the next 20-plus years. As a teenager and into his early 20s he traveled around the United States performing music and drama in churches and schools. For the last three years Ricky has served as a Youth and Worship Pastor in Baltimore, MD; and now he is excited to be able to live in California and serve the people of the Bay Area. By God’s grace, Ricky was exposed to the Christian faith all his life, but in his early twenties while in college God opened his eyes to the glory of God through the mercy of the Gospel. For the last 12 years God has given him a strong desire to be a part of church planting. He is very excited to be able to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the Bay Area through Redeemer Church. Ricky loves meeting and hanging with people. He loves football, volleyball, photography, music, and books. But more than that, he loves family-time with his amazing wife and delightful son.
Music is always a matter of conversation! Since we have to define ourselves, we hope that the following rationale will be helpful in explaining why we choose the music and styles (note the plural!) that we do.There are four major considerations that we feel are important for faithful worship through music:
Content is king. Congregational music is about saying something substantive to one another. The New Testament says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God” (Colossians 3:16). We think that teaching with all wisdom through congregational singing requires some consideration of content!
The music ministry in church worship is about the congregation being able to participate. We are all invited, even commanded to sing to one another. Thus, the styles that we choose are styles that are accessible to all demographics of the congregation for singing. This goes for the lyrics as well.
We are not afraid to sing old hymns! The Scriptures teach that all the people of God throughout all ages comprise one Body and therefore we like to celebrate the continuity of our Christian tradition by including in our repertoire of songs hymns that have ministered to God’s people for centuries. Often, we adapt the music to accommodate our generation, but we enjoy the traditions that have been handed down to us through great music.
We will use contemporary music, but we use the word contemporaneity to speak, not about a genre, but about a mindset. Music is a language and different styles of music have different levels of meaning to different people. We strive to choose musical styles (“languages”) that can be “spoken” by a very diverse and changing church culture. We will not use styles that we are not skilled to do. We will speak the “language” of the congregation.
Finally, while we will always seek to improve our skills in the area of music, our primary goal will be to provide a quality of musicianship that enhances congregational worship and diminishes performancism.