Our Statement of Beliefs
We Believe in one, true, living God. We believe that He is the Maker of all creation, that He is all-knowing, all-powerful, and everywhere-present. We believe that He is our eternal Father, the source of all goodness, truth, and love. We believe that He has revealed Himself in His Son, Jesus Christ, for the purpose of redemption and as the Holy Spirit for the purpose of intervening in the lives of people. (Deuteronomy 6:4; II Corinthians 13:14; 1Timothy 1:17; 3:16; 6:13-16)We Believe that God inspired the Scriptures, and that the original manuscripts of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible are the Word of God given through people. We believe that the Scriptures we read today are the sufficient rule of faith and life and the final authority for truth and salvation. (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 1:20-21)We Believe in the gospel of Jesus Christ, which declares Him to be the only begotten Son of God, Who was born of a virgin and Who lived to show us the words and works of God. As the Savior He was crucified and died on the cross in our place to be the supreme sacrifice for sin. He was buried in a tomb but rose again the third day, as the Scriptures foretold, and is now exalted as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We believe that Jesus is God manifested in the flesh – He is true God and true man. In Jesus Him dwells the fullness of God. (Acts 10:38-40; I Corinthians 15:1-4; Colossians 2:9)We Believe in salvation as wholly the work of God's free grace, not the result, in whole or in part, of human works or goodness. God offers salvation to people on the basis of Jesus' death on the cross as payment for our sin. Jesus triumphed over death in His resurrection and now occupies His position of exaltation at God's right hand. To be saved, a person must repent of sin, trust in Jesus alone as Savior, and receive the risen Christ as Lord of his or her life. This expresses the core of the Christian faith – what is called the Gospel (good news). Belief in the gospel is required for a person to be a Christian. (Romans 10:9-10; John 1:12; 3:16)We Believe in baptism in water - a declaration to the world that a believer has died with Christ and that they have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19; Acts 10:47: Romans 6:4)We Believe in the celebration of the Lord's Supper by eating the bread and drinking from the cup as a remembrance of Jesus. (II Corinthians 11:24-30)We Believe that all believers are entitled to, and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the “promise of the Father”, the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, according to the command of Jesus Christ. With the Baptism of the Holy Spirit comes the endowment of supernatural power for life and service, the imparting of gifts for use in the work of the ministry. This experience is distinct from and following the experience of salvation. (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-8; 2:38-39; 10:44046; 11:14-16; 15:7-9; I Corinthians 12:1-31)We Believe in practicing genuine Christianity. This is expressed through love for God and people, prayer, obedience to the Word of God, heartfelt worship and expressive praise, sharing our faith, commitment to our marriage and families, availability to help one another in time of need, honesty, and diligence in our employment, honor and respect for our government as it submits to the divine plan for society, and the dedication of our time, talent and treasure to advance the Kingdom of God on earth. (Romans 12:12; Colossians 3-4)
“Consider it pure JOY, when you come into various trials. James 1:2” Matthew is a husband, father of four, and ordained Pastor at Redeeming Love. He has his AAS in Management and his BAS in Church Leadership through Regent University. Matt and Stacey, married since 1993, have owned and operated a successful plant nursery and landscaping company since 2000. They served in youth ministry for fifteen out of their twenty years of service at Redeeming Love, and have now transitioned into the Lead Pastor role. Matthew has a heart for discipleship and a desire to see others passionately follow God.
REDEEMING LOVE CHURCH LEADERSHIP
Pastor Tom & Lynn Sardella
In 1973, after a life-changing encounter with Jesus while in college, Tom's career path made a radical shift from Physical Therapy to pastoring. Over the past 40 years he has pioneered and pastored churches throughout Long Island, New Jersey and Upstate NY in both senior and associate positions. In 1988 Tom came to serve as the Associate Administrative Pastor and was installed as the Senior Pastor in 1996. He has faithfully led Redeeming Love with a passion to reach, raise, and release this next generation for Jesus, and empower the church to reach our local community with the love of Christ. His wife Lynn, a graduate of Steven's School of the Bible, has faithfully ministered with Tom since 1988, serving as the Director of Children's Ministries for over 18 yrs. Together they raised their son Joshua, enjoying countless family times together, and continue to this day to serve as a Ministry Family.
Pastor Charlie & Sharon Sweet
Pastor Charlie is currently the VP of Business Development & Community Affairs at Compassion Coalition, Inc. located in Utica, NY. Charlie served as the executive director at Compassion for 17 years prior moving into his current semi-retired position with Compassion Coalition. Charlie sits on the Mohawk Valley Food Action Network Board, VP of the Utica Food Panty Board, sits on The Literacy Coalition of Herkimer and Oneida Counties Committee, is a member of the Lead-Free Mohawk Valley Coalition, and serves as an Apostolic Elder at Redeeming Love Church. He is also the President/CEO of Sweet Life Consulting, Inc. The Sweets are members of Redeeming Love Church located in Troy, NY and they also attend Cross Community Church in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Charlie and his wife Sharon minister in churches throughout the US and Canada and are members of Ministers Fellowship International (MFI). They have been married for 44 years and they enjoy life’s journey together through the many blessings God has put in their lives. Charlie and Sharon love to see the hearts of people turned back to Jesus and to watch God’s unmerited grace working in people’s lives. Charlie and his wife live in both Tequesta, Florida. They have four awesome children and eleven grandchildren and one on the way!
Pastor Steve & Mary Slevinski
Pastor Steve met his wife while working for NY State. He spent 4 years in the US Air Force, and retired in 2003. They have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. Stephen has a BS Mathematics, an MBA from Southern Illinois Univ and a Doctor of Theology from the International Bible Institute and Seminary. Stephen received the Lord in 1976, was ordained in 1981, ran a chapel service at a drug center for 23 years, pioneered a church in Mariaville, NY, served as finance officer, and assistant pastor of various churches. Stephen loves the Word and being with the people of God. Always searching, always seeking the Truth, as it pertains to today.