We began as a small group of Bible-Presbyterian Christians searching for a home and were incorporated in 1999. Worshipping initially in Mulgrave, we purchased our current property in leafy Kilsyth in 2006.
Our mission is to honour God in our Christ-centred worship, to preach and teach the whole counsel of God's Word, and to proclaim the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Church Constitution describes the beliefs, practices and organisational structure of a church. It has a total of 43 Articles. Our practices and organisational structure are based upon our doctrinal beliefs which in turn are based upon the Bible. The Church constitution is based on the Reformed Faith as expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Book of Discipline.
In our Reformed Calvinistic stand, we affirm the following:
MAIN PRACTICES OF OUR CHURCH
BAPTISM: The observance of the Baptism of believers is by sprinkling on personal confession of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Infants of one or both the believing parents are to be baptised (Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 2:38-42; 8:35-38; 10:44-48; 1 Corinthians 7:14).
REAFFIRMATION OF FAITH: Baptised infants upon coming of age in that they can satisfy the Board of Elders as to their faith shall be received into communicant membership by reaffirmation of faith.
THE LORD’S SUPPER: The remembrance of the Lord’s death through the Lord’s Supper shall be observed regularly, and normally all baptised believers (except baptised children of constituent members who have not reaffirmed their faith) whose conduct is consistent with their confession of their faith shall be received at the Lord’s table (Luke 22:14-29; Acts 2:42, 46, 20:7; Romans 14:19, 15:7; 1 Corinthians 5:6-8, 11:23-26).
FELLOWSHIP AND DISCIPLESHIP: Every member shall participate in fellowship, prayer and instruction with other believers and the exercise of spiritual gifts for the edification of the church (Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4:1-16; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 4:7-11).
EVANGELISM AND MISSIONS: The local Church in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ, both as individual and collective witnesses, shall proclaim the Gospel to their families, neighbours, colleagues, friends, the nation, as well as the regions beyond (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:44-48; Acts 1:8; 1 Peter 2:9, 3:15).
STEWARDSHIP: Every member shall have the responsibility and privilege to contribute his gifts, talents, time and resources to the work of God and the extension of His kingdom. It shall also be the responsibility and privilege of each member to tithe and contribute willingly, regularly and generously according to his ability as God enables (Malachi 3:10; Romans 12:1-13; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, 16:1-2; 2 Corinthians 8, 9).
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION: The Church shall conduct a Christian Education programme to build up the members in the most holy faith (Jude 20) through Sunday School, Bible study classes, Bible study groups, catechism classes, Christian publications, Gospel tracts and such other similar measures as the Church Session and/or Board of Elders may decide.
WEDDINGS: The solemnisation of marriages is between born again believers (consisting of one man and one woman). The groom must be a baptised believer and the bride either a baptised believer or a catechumen (2 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 5:21-33).
FUNERALS: The normal practice of the Church is to bury the dead. Christian funeral is to be conducted only for born-again believers.
OUR PRINCIPLE AND PRACTICE OF BIBLICAL SEPARATION
Principle and Practice of biblical separation
The doctrine of separation from sin unto God is a fundamental principle of the Bible, one grievously ignored in the Church today.
This doctrine arises out of the holiness of God. Both the purity and righteousness of God (Luke 1:75) are involved. “Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16, also 3:11; Exodus 15:11; Isaiah 6:3; 2 Corinthians 7:1)
The Bible does speak of co-operation (“be of one mind”, “that they may all be one”, “labourers together”, “keep the unity of the Spirit”, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord”, also 1 Corinthians 12:25). However, biblical co-operation is based upon TRUTH. It involves the united effort of God’s people. This is not a co-operation born of a spirit of undiscerning pluralism, or that of seeking “truth” in all religions.
We maintain that Scripture teaches a separation that is based on the holiness of God, producing purity in all of life, personal and ecclesiastical.
It is the duty of all true churches of the Lord Jesus Christ in these darkening days of apostasy in many professing churches, by which apostasy whole denominations in their official capacity, as well as individual churches, have been swept into a paganising stream of modernism under various names and in varying degrees.
There has been a notable growth of autocratic domination on the part especially of modernistic leaders by whom the rightful powers of true churches are often usurped and are now being usurped.
The commands of God to His people to be separate from all unbelief and corruption are clear and positive: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers” (2 Corinthians 6:14; see also Matthew 6:24; Romans 16:17; Galatians 1; Ephesians 5:11; 2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14; 2 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 3:10; 2 Peter 2:1-3; 1 John 4:1-3; 2 John 7-11; Jude 3, 20-24; and Revelation 18:4). We reach out to those who are part of any human system which involves compromising with error, and who thus ought to “come out from among them” (2 Corinthians 6:17), separate themselves unto the “Father ... the Lord Almighty” (2 Corinthians 6:18), thus “cleansing themselves” and perfecting holiness in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1).
In loyalty to the revealed Word we, as an organised portion of the people of God, are obliged to oppose all forms of modernism, cultism, Romanism, and false religions. Dialogue for the purpose of reaching a compromise between all true Bible believers and representatives of such beliefs is impious, unbiblical, treasonous and unfaithful to the holy God, as He has revealed Himself to us in His infallible, inerrant Word.
We are opposed to all efforts to obscure or wipe out the clear line of separation between these absolutes: truth and error, light and darkness. See Isaiah 5:20, 2 Cor 6:14-18. We refer to such efforts by New Evangelicals, Charismatic Christians, promoters of ecumenical cooperative evangelism and of the social gospel, and all churches and other movements and organisations that are aligned with or sympathetic to the Ecumenical Movement.
OUR PRINCIPLES OF GOVERNMENT
The Church, in setting forth the form of government which it maintains as being founded upon and agreeable to the Word of God, reiterates, by way of introduction, several cardinal principles which are basic to and regulative of its form of church government.
Choir Ministry: 9:30 am
Pre-Worship Singing: 10:15 am
Worship Service: 10:30 am
Sunday School Ministry: 11:00 am
Revival Prayer Meeting: 12:45 pm
Prayer Meeting: Wednesday 8:00 pm
Adult Fellowship Groups
Youth Fellowship: Sunday 1:00 pm