What we believe
We are a Reformed, Evangelical, Missional church, or in other words we’re focussed around God’s Son, Jesus, the life-giving hope found in God’s Word, the Bible, and the life-changing work of God’s Holy Spirit in people’s lives.
Our core beliefs can be summarised in 9 statements:
We believe in the divine inspiration and infallibility of Holy Scripture and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
We believe there is one God in whom there are three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Jesus is Lord
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ is the eternally existing, only begotten Son of the Father, conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary.
People are subject to God's judgement
We believe all people are sinful by nature since the Fall and are thereby justly subject to the judgement of God.
We believe that salvation from the penalty of sin is found only through the substitutionary atoning death of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his one true sacrifice that we can have forgiveness of sin and receive the gift of eternal life.
We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
We believe it is the Holy Spirit who convicts people of sin and brings them to faith and repentance. Only through the work of the Holy Spirit is the believer able to live a holy life that is pleasing to God.
We believe in the one holy universal church, the body of Christ, to which all true believers belong.
Jesus will return
We believe the Lord Jesus Christ will return in person and that he will then bring the full consummation of the Kingdom of God.
These 9 statements are a summary of Evangelical or Bible-based Christianity.
The official statement of faith for the Presbyterian Church of Australia is the Westminster Confession of Faith which presents these truths in a more detailed form.