Haddon Church of Christ is a conservative, evangelical church affiliated with Churches of Christ Victoria. We are committed to being relevant to our community and effective in the fulfilment of the great commission left to us by the Lord Jesus Christ.
We exist to reach out to people with the Gospel. We develop people to Christian maturity and equip them for a meaningful ministry in the Church. We lead people to a life commitment to serve Jesus Christ and to glorify God in the world.
What we believe
There are 17 elements that make up the core beliefs of our doctrinal statement
We believe that the bible is the Word of the Living God
We believe that the words of the 66 books of the old and new testaments were inspired by God and in the original writing contain no error. These 66 books are our final authority in determining what we believe and how we should live
Scriptural Basis: II Tim 3.16-17; II Peter 1.19-21; Heb 6.18; Proverbs 30.5-6; Deut 17.19; Psalm 119.9
We believe in one God
We believe that there is one true God and that He exists in three persons; Father, Son (Jesus Christ) and Holy Spirit. We believe these three are equal but distinct in personality and role
Scriptural Basis: Exod 20.2-3; Matt 28.19; I Cor 8.6; John 15.26
We believe God created the universe
We believe that God created the universe as described in the book of Genesis.
Scriptural Basis: Gen 1.1-31; Exod 20.11; Col 1.16-17; Heb 11.3
We believe in Jesus Christ, God the Son
We believe that Jesus Christ was a genuine historical figure, that He was the Son of God, conceived of the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary and that He is both God and man
Scriptural Basis: John 1.1, 14; Luke 1.35; Isa 7.14; Gal 4.4
We believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ
We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, His ascension into Heaven and His present ministry there as our High Priest, mediator and advocate
Scriptural Basis: Matt 28.1-7; Acts 1.8-11; Heb 4.14-16; I Cor 15.4-9
We believe that the Holy Spirit is active in the world today, working in people’s lives
We believe that the Holy Spirit convicts people of sin and draws them to Christ; that He provides those who believe in Christ with a new and pure life, baptising them into the family of God and sealing them at the point of their salvation, confirming it with His ongoing presence. It is He who empowers and fills believers that they might walk worthy of Christ. He grants to believers illumination so they may understand the Word of God and confers gifts of service (excluding the sign gifts which we believe were restricted to the Apostolic period) so they may minister to the body of Christ.
Scriptural Basis: John 16.7-8, 16.13-14, 3.5-6; Eph 1.11-14, 2.20, 5.18, 4.11-12; I Cor 12.13, 13.8-12; Rom 8.9-11, 12.6-8; Heb 2.3-4; II Cor 1.22, 12.12
We believe in the person of Satan
We believe that Satan is the embodiment of evil and that he is the “unholy god of this world.” We believe he commands the powers of evil and wages war constantly against the Kingdom of God and His Saints. We believe he will be judged by God and banished into the lake of fire for eternity
Scriptural Basis: Mark 1.13; John 12.31; II Cor 4.4; Eph 2.2; Rev 20.10
We believe that all people are sinners and will be judged by God
We believe that mankind was created in the image of God and this image was marred when Adam first sinned resulting in physical death and spiritual death (separation from God). We believe that since Adam, all mankind has been born with a sinful nature evident by what they think, say and do. We further believe that in due course of time, God will call all of mankind to account for their sin and banish those found guilty to the lake of fire with Satan
Scriptural Basis: Gen 1.26-27, 3.1-24; Jas 1.5; Rom 5.12, 19, 3.10-23; Heb 9.27; Rev 21.8
We believe that Jesus died to save sinners
We believe that Jesus Christ sacrificed His perfect life to save sinners. Acting as a substitute He took on their sins and accepted Gods sentence of punishment on their behalf. We believe that His sacrifice is sufficient to save all sinners, but is only effective to those who become sons of God by the new (second) birth
Scriptural Basis: Isa 53.4-11; II Cor 5.14-21; I Peter 3.18; I John 3.5; John 1.29; Heb 9.28
We believe in salvation by grace through faith alone
We believe that all who receive the Lord Jesus Christ by faith are born again of the Holy Spirit and become children of God. We believe the new birth is a gift of God and cannot be earned in any way.
Scriptural Basis: John 1.12-13, 3.3-17; Acts 16.31; Rom 8.16-17; Eph 2.8-9
We believe in the eternal security of believers
We believe that it is not possible for one born into the family of God to be lost because he is kept by the power of God
Scriptural Basis: John 6.39-40, 10.28-29; Rom 8.35-39; Jude 1; I Peter 1.5; Eph 4.30
We believe in two ordinances – Baptism and Communion (The Lord’s Supper)
We believe that biblical baptism is represented by the full immersion of a believer in water to signify symbolically death to sin, burial and resurrection to newness of life in the Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that communion is a remembrance ceremony of what the Lord Jesus Christ has accomplished on behalf of believers and should be preceded by solemn self-examination.
Scriptural Basis: Acts 8.36-39; John 3.23; Rom 6.3-5; Matt 3.16; Col 2.12; I Cor 11.23-28
We believe in the return of Jesus Christ
We believe that Jesus Christ will return in the air and believers will be caught up (raptured) to meet Him in the air and to be with Him from that point forward forever. We believe that the following seven years, known as the tribulation period or the 70th week of Daniel’s prophecy, will culminate in the second coming of Jesus Christ, with His raptured Saints, to rule on earth for 1000 years following which He will judge Satan and the unbelieving world. We believe in the literal fulfilment of the prophecies and promises contained within the scriptures
Scriptural Basis: Titus 2.13; John 14.1-3; I Cor 15.51-58; I Thess 4.13-18; II Thess 2.1-13
We believe in the bodily resurrection of all who have ever lived
We believe that every man and woman who ever lived will be resurrected, believers to an eternal existence with God in a literal Heaven, unbelievers to a literal hell
Scriptural Basis: Matt 25.31-46, 28.33; Luke 16.19-31; Rev 21.1-8, 21.22; I Thess 4.13-18; Mark 9.44; II Cor 5.11; Rev 21.22; John 14.1-6
We believe that the church is the Body of Christ
We believe that the church is the Body of Christ on earth and is made up of all born again believers
Scriptural Basis: Eph 1.22-23; I Cor 12.13; Acts 9.31
We believe that God ordained and works through the local church
We believe that the local church is a “called out assembly” (ecclesia) of born again believers organized according to the New Testament pattern and is the agency on earth through which God has chosen to accomplish His work. The purpose of the local church is to provide a visible community vehicle by which believers may exercise their personal and collective obedience to God in worship, fellowship, prayer, encouragement, giving, evangelism and the observance of the two ordinances (baptism and communion). We believe the church is to be self-governing and autonomous with the leadership consisting of Elders and Deacons.
Scriptural Basis: Acts 2.41-47, 9.31; Matt 28.18-20; I Tim 3; I Peter 5.1-13; Eph 1.22-23; II Cor 6.14-17; I Tim 6.3-5
We believe that God’s born again children should live holy lives
We believe that God’s children should live holy lives, separated from sinful practices as they walk in obedience to the Holy Spirit. We believe that living a holy life is impossible aside from the willingness of the believer to yield to the power of God exercised through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.