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Jun 17

Redemption Church’s Grand Opening “Jesus Party” in Review

2012 | by Clint | Category: Church Planting,Local,Redemption Church

Last Sunday (June 10th) was Redemption Church‘s Grand Opening “Jesus Party”.

Here is a note from Pastor Carlos on how it went:

We called our Grand Opening Service a “Jesus Party”. We did this to emphasize that the reason we are excited to be in a place of our own in Rio Rancho is solely because of Jesus. We wanted a place to worship Jesus as a family, as well as a place where people would meet and be transformed by Jesus. We also wanted a place where disciples of Jesus were made and baptized. For us, Sunday was a celebration centered on Jesus.

What a party it was! Jared and the band led us in a great time of worship through song. We welcomed numerous visitors and guests, including many from our sending church, Desert Springs. I preached a message from Mark 4, in which we looked at a cluster of parables from Jesus. Jesus used the parables to teach about the Greatness of the Kingdom, and the unlikely way through which it comes. I also set forth a bit of vision about where Redemption goes from here.

The end of the service was one of the most special moments in the history of Redemption Church, as we concluded with our first baptisms. It was really special for me for a couple of reasons: First, I was amazed at the number of baptisms we had (4). While in the core group stage, before our official launch, we as a small group prayed for 4 baptisms. This was a big prayer for a group of 40 people. To see Jesus give us 4 baptisms was a testament to His faithfulness, not ours. The second reason Sunday was so special, was because of who I baptized first (my mom). I had never done a baptism before Sunday. For my mother to be my first one made it even more memorable. Hearing the church cheer, clap, and cry with joy when my mom came out of that water still brings me to tears and fills my heart with joy and thankfulness to Jesus. All 4 people who were baptized shared amazing stories about how Jesus saves sinners, as well as marriages. All in all, it was an awesome service.

Sunday was not the end of the journey for Redemption. If anything, it was a celebration of being at the starting line.  Redemption is now starting the next chapter in our journey. This chapter, like all previous and future chapters, carries the same vision: we exist to make disciples, and plant churches. So, while Sunday was a beautiful celebration, it was just the beginning!

DSC Elder of Teaching/Preaching Ryan Kelly attended the Jesus Party and writes:

“God has been good to DSC…and to Redemption Church (DSC’s first church plant). It was such a privilege for my family and I to join our brothers and sisters at RRR last Sunday for their official kick-off Sunday in their new facilities (which, by the way, look great and seem to work really well for them). A good crowd turned out — many former DSCers, some current DSCers (there to celebrate the special day at RRR), and many new faces as well. It was a sweet, God-exalting celebration of His goodness in song, prayer, Word, baptism, and fellowship (RRR is carrying on the DSC tradition of cookies in the foyer, in case you wondered!).”

And here’s what DSC Elder over Local Missions, Tim Ragsdale, said of the day:

“It was such an encouragement to attend the Grand Opening Jesus Party at Redemption Church–our first church plant.  It was really great to also see a number of new faces.  I was particularly moved by Pastor Carlos’ first baptism (and of course Redemption’s first baptism), Los’ own mother.  What a privilege and honor it was to be a part of this service-ceremony.  Let’s  not forget to keep Redemption Church of Rio Rancho in our prayers for God to continue to spread his glory broader and deeper!”


Redemption is DSC’s first church plant, and, Lord willing, the first of many in the coming years.  In order for this, as well as global church planting to become a reality for us as a church, we need more folks within the body to come along side us in support of the $1 per day and beyond strategy.  Visit our DSC church planting page to find out more and to sign up to give.