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“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing;
it is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8
We're glad you found us! On this site you will find helpful information about who we are and what we believe.
Redeemer Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, a church body comprised of some 2.5 million members and some 6,000 congregations. We trace our roots back to the Protestant Reformation, begun on October 31, 1517, when a young monk named Martin Luther nailed 95 theses or propositions onto a church door. Actually, we trace our roots back much farther than that. We are part of the historic Christian Church born in Acts 2 on the Day of Pentecost.
As part of that larger, historic Christian Church, Redeemer is a small yet vibrant congregation made up of loving and dedicated Christian people of all ages. The Christian faith we confess is not simply a list of rules for living right, nor is it a way of life that guarantees health, wealth, and prosperity. Christianity is about a God who loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die for us. Lutheran Christians are sinners saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
Redeemer Lutheran Church was organized on May 24, 1952, with 13 communicant members. The first church home was at the corner of Roane and Barnett Streets in Harriman. The present church site in Midtown was purchased in 1962, and our current facility was dedicated May 31, 1964. Twenty years later, the present facility was expanded and a new education unit was built. Extensive renovations to both the interior and exterior of the building, including covering the entire building with stone siding, were completed in 1994.
WHO WE ARE
• We are sinful people who need God’s forgiveness.
• We are people who need the comfort and hope found only in God’s word.
• We are people saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
• We are people who desire to learn more about God through the study of
• We are people who need and want to be strengthened in faith.
• We are people who long to serve others in thanksgiving to God for all the
blessings He gives to us.
• We are people who join in the worldwide gospel outreach of the
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
Christianity is not simply a list of rules for living right, and it is not simply a list of do’s and don’ts. Christianity is about a God who loves us so much that He sent His only Son to die for us. And, Christians are people saved by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
MICHAEL M. MILLER
Michael M. Miller was born on June 16, 1960, to Marvin and Jean (Barneke) Miller in Lincoln, Nebraska. He was baptized in the name of the Triune God on July 3, 1960, at Faith Lutheran Church in Lincoln. He was Confirmed in the faith into which he was baptized on May 26, 1974, at Faith Lutheran in Lincoln. His Confirmation verse was Romans 1:16: “I am not ashamed of the Gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.”
After briefly attending the University of Nebraska, he enrolled at Concordia Teachers College (now Concordia University) in Seward, Nebraska. He received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1982. He then attended Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. From 1985-1986, he served his vicarage at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Norwalk, Connecticut. Upon graduating from Concordia Seminary in 1987, he remained there to pursue a Master of Sacred Theology degree, which he was awarded in 1995. After completing his course work, he received his first Call to Redeemer Lutheran Church, Harriman, Tennessee, where he was Ordained and Installed on August 27, 1989.
Michael and Jennifer (Nerz), daughter of Jimmy and Sigrid Nerz, were united in marriage on June 20, 1986. The Lord has blessed their marriage with two surviving children, Micah (25) and wife, Margaret, and Sara (21). A third child, Michael II, was born, reborn in Baptism, and entered into glory on May 8, 1991.
At Redeemer Lutheran Church, there are many ways for youth both young and old to learn and explore their relationship with Jesus Christ. Through Sunday School, Children’s Church, Vacation Bible School, the annual Christmas program, youth group, special holiday celebrations, and junior and senior youth gatherings children can know, love, and share Christ. Redeemer wants you to have fun learning about the love of Christ and leave wanting to spread it to others. There are many ways to volunteer and get involved with Redeemer’s Youth Ministries.
*Sunday school is offered each Sunday morning from 9:15 – 10:15
and ranges in ages from 2 – 18 yrs.
*Children’s Church takes place during the regular church service on the
2nd and 4th Sunday of each month.
* Vacation Bible School is every evening for a week during the summer.
* Junior Youth (grades 6 – 8th) F.A.L.L. Gathering Campout
* Youth Group MidWinter Weekend Retreat
* Youth Group National Gathering is a weeklong event bringing LCMS high school
youth from around the country together
* Various community service projects, such as painting homes, crushing cans,
serving and preparing a Thanksgiving meal, and many more!
• The Bible is God’s inspired Word. It is not people’s words about God, but God’s Word
about Himself. It is God’s self-revelation.
• The Bible is the only source of what we believe, teach, and confess.
• All people are sinners. Sin separates us from God. All people, therefore, need to be
restored to a right relationship with God.
• Jesus is God’s one and only Son. He is God come to earth in our human flesh.
• Jesus died on the cross to pay the price of all human sin. He rose triumphant from
the grave, having defeated the powers of sin, death, and Satan once and for all.
• God offers and gives forgiveness of sins and eternal life to all who trust
in Jesus as their Savior.
• Sinners are saved only by God’s grace (His undeserved love) through
faith in Jesus Christ.
There seem to be a lot of misperceptions about Christians and Christianity. Depending on where you go for information, you may hear or read that Christians are narrow-minded, bigoted, and intolerant. You may hear that they are unloving and uncaring people who think they are better than everyone else. You may read that they are all hypocrites, saying one thing while doing another.
There are times when all of these things are true of Christians. That is because Christians are not perfect people. Christians are not “better” than other people. Like all people of every place and time, Christians are sinners. Like everyone else, there are times when Christians are in fact narrow-minded, bigoted, and intolerant. There are times when they are in fact unloving and uncaring. Christians can in fact be hypocritical…saying one thing but doing another.
No, Christians are not perfect people because perfect people do not exist. Christians are not “better” than other people nor do they consider themselves to be. Christians are people who humbly confess that they are sinners…that they sin against God and others by their thoughts, words, and deeds. Christians are people who humbly recognize that they are sinners, and that sin separates people from God.
If sin separates people from God, how does one go about getting right with God? How can that separation be ended? That is the all-important question! How can sinners be made right with God? Here misperceptions once again abound. Christians are not people who try to tip the scale in their favor by doing more good than bad. And Christianity is not about following a set of rules or instructions to get right with God and somehow earning one’s own way to heaven. If being right with God is all about tipping the scale in one’s favor, how can one ever be certain that he or she has done enough? He or she can’t! If getting to heaven is all about following rules and instructions for right living, how can one ever be certain that he or she has followed those rules closely enough? He or she can’t! Uncertainty would always be there.
The God of heaven and earth, however, has removed all such uncertainty. The fact of the matter is, sinners cannot make themselves right with God by their own works or efforts. What sinners cannot do for themselves, therefore, God Himself has done! He sent His Son Jesus to live a perfect life in our place. God then sacrificed His own Son in the place of sinners…so that sinners may be forgiven.
Christians are and remain sinners, but they are forgiven sinners. All their sins are forgiven and washed away for the sake of Jesus. The certainty of being right with God depends not on us or our efforts, but on the saving work of Jesus Christ. Christian churches, therefore, are not gathering places for “good” people who are better than everyone else. Rather, they are gathering places for sinners who seek the gift of God’s forgiveness for the sake of Jesus…forgiveness for all the sinful failings of their daily lives.
Does that give Christians an excuse to go out and be unloving and uncaring people? Does that give them an excuse to say, “It doesn’t matter how I treat other people because God is going to forgive me anyway.”? Absolutely not! Such thinking would be yet another misperception. Christians are not perfect people, but motivated by the forgiving and saving love of Jesus, they strive to live lives that reflect His love. They strive to be more loving and caring people as they live out their daily lives in the world. When they fail, they again seek God’s forgiveness…and with that forgiveness His strength to more faithfully live as His people.
Misperceptions about Christians and Christianity abound. Misperceptions about Lutherans and Lutheranism also abound, but that is probably another subject for another day. Suffice it to say that Lutherans are Christians who humbly recognize that they are sinners…yet sinners who live with the certainty that they are forgiven for the sake of Jesus.
Sunday 10:30 am
Adult and Children’s Sunday School is at 9:15 am
If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact
Pastor Michael Miller either by phone or email.
865.376.7647 • firstname.lastname@example.org
1658 Roane State Highway • Harriman, TN 37748
SPECIAL WORSHIP SERVICES
Advent & Lent
Wednesday evening services at 7 pm during Advent and Lent.
Holy Week Services
Maundy Thursday at 7 pm • Good Friday at 7 pm
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