What we Believe

We are a Christian church. We believe the good news that Jesus of Nazareth who was put to death on a cross and has been raised by God to deathless life and has been given all authority in heaven and earth to judge and forgive. The bible teaches, and we believe, that the death Jesus suffered was no accident. God being rich in mercy provided a sacrifice for our sins, where Jesus died the death we deserved for our rebellion against God. Jesus died in our place to give us life. In coming to know Jesus as God’s rescuing Son we have also been brought to know God the Father who sent the Son into the world, and God the Spirit whom the Father entrusted to the Son to pour out on those who trust Him. So we confess One God, Father, Son and Spirit.This God who is the Creator of all things we have come to know and trust personally. He has promised to those who trust Him – forgiveness of sin, peace with God, the gift of His Spirit, adoption as His children, and the hope of eternal life. Eternal life will be manifest when Jesus returns in glory to usher in the final judgement and the new heaven and earth he has promised for his children.

We are a Bible based church. We can know this gospel because God has given us the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament. In the New Testament we find the witness of the apostles, Jesus’ chosen messengers, to the life, death, rising and teaching of Jesus. We also find their letters which help us understand what those events mean for us, and how to live as followers of Jesus in this world. In the Old Testament we find the prophetic writings that point us to Jesus and enrich our understanding of God’s plan, purpose and promises fulfilled in Jesus. All the books of the Bible are given to us by God, God breathed. As the Word of God the scriptures enable us to trust Jesus and are active in our lives to teach, rebuke, correct and train us to live godly lives. They are wholly reliable and trustworthy, and all we need to trust and follow Jesus.

We are a Reformed church. We don’t take credit for believing, but are full of praise and thankfulness to God for opening our eyes to see His glory in the face of His Son Jesus. Of ourselves we are spiritually dead in our sin, like all the children of Adam, and it is God who saves through and through, from electing His people before the creation of the world, to redeeming them on the cross, to calling them to Himself in the gospel and giving them new life, continuing His good work in them throughout our lives, and finally to raising us up to live with Him forever. Our confidence is not in ourselves but in God, and His steadfast love never fails.

We are an Evangelical church. We believe that the good news of Jesus is for all, and that it is God’s will that salvation in Jesus name be preached throughout the world. We actively seek to share the good news of Jesus with our neighbours, in our community, and to participate in its spread throughout the world. We do this because we believe God wants all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth of Jesus, for He is the only Saviour, and way back to God. We are unashamed about this. For the scriptures are clear that there will be a judgement of all in the end and only those whose names are in Jesus’ book of life will be saved. Knowing Jesus is the only way and knowing God’s love in Jesus is a treasure beyond any price we call all people to believe upon him.

We are a Presbyterian church.  We believe that God has given to the congregations of His people elders. Elders are shepherds of God’s people and directing life together under the authority of God’s Word. We also think that it is good for congregations to fellowship together with a common understanding of the Christian faith. The common understanding of the faith shared by Presbyterian churches in Australia is the Westminster Confession of Faith read in the light of the Declaratory Statement. All our elders and pastors subscribe to this Confession as an agreed understanding of the faith we share.

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