WE BELIEVE

We are Bible believing Christians. We believe the Bible is to be interpreted how the authors intended, and that the power of the Holy Spirit (of which Jesus spoke about) is still available today. Our services are bright and vibrant where we pray for the miraculous to happen. We seek to be led by the Holy Spirit, and to be evangelistic because we believe that this is the mission of the Church which Jesus Christ is building.

  • The Bible is inspired by God and is without error. We base our beliefs upon no other book (2Tim. 3:16; 2Pet. 1:19-21).
  • There is One God, who has always existed in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit (Matt. 28:19; 2Cor. 13:14).
  • Our Lord Jesus Christ is and was truly God: that He was born into the world by a virgin; He lived a sinless life; He performed genuine miracles; died for our sin in our place; was resurrected bodily; ascended to the Father’s right hand; will personally return in the future (Jn. 1:1; Matt. 1:18; 2Cor. 5:21; Acts 10:38; Rom. 6:10; Jn. 20:13-17; Jn. 14:3; Acts 1:11).
  • In the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, the saved to everlasting life and the lost to the second death (Dan. 12:2; Jn. 11:25-26; Rev. 21:7-8).
  • The only means of being cleansed from sin is through repentance and faith in the finished work of Christ (Eph. 1:7).
  • Being born-again by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for personal salvation (Jn. 1:13; 3:3; 1Pt. 1:23).
  • In the power of the Holy Spirit to make believers mature, by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a holy life (Gal. 5:16).
  • The baptism of the Holy Spirit is given to believers who ask (Lk. 11:13).
  • In the reality of the supernatural operation of the gifts of the Spirit for today (1Cor. 12:8-10; Heb. 2:2-3).
  • The grace of God provides healing of the human body in answer to believing prayer (Isa. 53:4-5; Matt. 8:17).
  • In the practice of: Christian baptism by immersion for believers; and, the Lord’s Supper (Matt. 28:19; Acts 2:38; 1Cor. 11:23-26).
  • The universe was created by God. He did not make it out of part of Himself. He is separate from it, although He is always present in it (Gen. 1:1; Ps. 33:6; Heb. 11:3).
  • The devil, also known as Satan, can exert power and influence over human beings, but only as far as God permits. He was formerly one of God’s angels who rebelled against God. He will ultimately be cast into the Lake of Fire and will be condemned there forever (Isa. 14:12-15; Job 1:12; John 16:11; Eph. 6:12; Rev. 12:9; 19:20).

The Vine and the Umbilical Cord: Life, Abiding and Bearing FruitThe Vine and the Umbilical Cord: Life, Abiding and Bearing Fruit

Jesus’ allegory in John 15:1-17 of the vine and the branches provides a beautiful picture of the intimate and living relationship available to those who would abide in Him, the true Vine; and it illustrates how naturally the Holy Spirit is able to produce fruit in the lives of those who are willing to be branches abiding in the vine.

Knowing God Through The Fruit Of The Spirit

I’m sure you can picture an occasion where food delicacies are served and someone is there who has lost all sense of decorum to the point of being rude to get to the food before others and is unable or unwilling to engage in any level of conversation for the sake of finding the choicest of foods. Maybe that was you or me on occasions. Or an All You Can Eat challenge restaurant. It is a picture of complete lack of self-restraint (especially if Homer Simpson is involved). Whilst we are away, I am looking forward to visiting a town (Kenilworth) with a bakery tourist attraction that sells 1kg doughnuts. I’m not sure what will happen there, but I can imagine many have risen to a challenge.

WHAT CHARMING BETRAYERS DESERVE ACCORDING TO THE PSALM OF KING DAVID, NUMBER 55

Australia is now grappling with a national crisis — the violent abuse of women by men. Every four days in Australia a woman is being murdered [Source]. The sad probability is that she was murdered by “a current or former intimate partner” [Source]. But added to this alarming statistic is the even greater and more horrifying statistic of number of women who are experiencing abuse – physical; sexual; verbal; financial; psychological – daily. In fact, it is so prevalent that most people working in this arena know that most domestic abuse incidents in Australia are not reported. Abuse is oppression. And since the Bible is so clear and consistent in its condemnation of oppression of the vulnerable you would naturally assume that this national crisis was being thundered and denounced as a great evil from the majority of pulpits around our country at the moment. This assumption is further reinforced by the guesstimate that one-in-four women in every Australian church is regularly abused in some way by a man. But I suspect that it is not.

KNOWING GOD THROUGH PSALM 23

My cat, Lola, had a beautiful, fluffy, soft coat. I had her for 13 years so I knew her very well. She loved a cuddle and snuggling at night sleeping in the crook of my arm. She loved me but with others she could be a rascal, hissing or swiping her claws. She never scoffed her food but was a grazer. It was common to hear her crunching her biscuits for a midnight snack and she loved ice cream. She loved hiding in cardboard boxes or in the pantry. She particularly hated the car evidenced by her continual mournful meowing til she got out. As I knew her, she also knew me. She knew I would feed her and give her pats or cuddles. When I called her she knew my soft voice, my touch, my smell. She knew my growly voice when she had done the wrong thing. When I’d take her to the vet she would be still in my arms as the vet examined her and vaccinated her. If she was injured or sick I would look after her.

KNOWING GOD THROUGH PSALM 22

The Bible is an amazing book. As we look through the book of Psalms we can so unbelievably clearly see God at work. And also most poignantly, this Psalm – Psalm 22 – prophetically points to, and closely mirrors Jesus and the events of the cross mentioned in the New Testament. This Psalm is well over 1000 years prior to Jesus.There are some well known passages of Scripture that stand out as being prophetic promises of the Messiah. These prophetic words show us that God is Omniscient; He knows everything. The first Messianic prophecy shows that the seed of the woman would eventually defeat the devil.

THIS IS HOW AN EXPERT SUCCESSFULLY FOUGHT SPIRITUAL WARS

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KNOWING GOD THROUGH THE PSALMS

So many thriller movies are just funny. Of course they are not meant to be and many people would find them more like nightmare material. The producers would be horrified to see me giggling at some of their ‘scary’ bits, but it’s just the way I’m wired. I see more of the special effects than the story line and I see the absurdity of the scenes that lack the necessary rules of consistency instead of the fear factor they hope. I once watched a movie where the victim lay dead bleeding from the mouth but the make-up blood had not dripped to the ground with gravity, but rather, accidentally dripped up. The whole movie just became hilarious from that point on.

THE NOTHING OF EASTER SATURDAY

home > Pastor's Desk > 2024 > 30th March > THE NOTHING OF EASTER SATURDAY‘Nothing’ is often something. How many times has God been accused of “doing nothing”? Even Christ’s disciples seemed to accuse Jesus of this when He was asleep in the boat in the...

HE WAS A KIND AND CHARITABLE MAN

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FROM LITTLE THINGS

The first time I heard the song “From Little Things, Big Things Grow” was in early 2008. I was trying to get my head around superannuation funds. I never knew of its writers – Paul Kelly and Carmody. Neither did I know it was originally a protest song. In my opinion, the original lyrics and melody bears no semblance to what we may consider protest today. Many will agree with me that it is now synonymous with Industry Super Funds. But its principles remain true in nearly every aspect of life.