The Church

We teach that all who place their faith in Jesus Christ, regardless of their membership or non-membership of any denomination, are immediately identified with the one spiritual Church through the placing ministry of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:12-13; Ephesians 2:11-3:6). The spiritual Church is related to Christ both as His Body (1 Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 1:22-23) and as His Bride (2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:23-32; Revelation 19:7-8), and He is Head of both (Ephesians 1:22, 4:15; Colossians 1:18).

We teach that the invisible church began on the day of Pentecost (Matthew 16:16-18; Acts 2:1-21, 38-47) and that this body is different to Israel (Romans 9-11; 1 Corinthians 10:32; Galatians 6:16), and will be completed at the coming of Christ for His bride at the rapture (1 Corinthians 15:51-52; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). This being the case, we further believe and teach that there must be a fundamental unity between all Christians, which rises above denominational distinctive (John 17:20-23) since each believer is one with every other member of this great body (Romans 12:5) and is responsible to keep the unity the Spirit has made (1 Corinthians 12:12-13) in the bond of peace (Ephesians 4:3-6; Colossians 3:14-15).

We teach that the one supreme authority for the church is Christ (1 Corinthians 11:3; Ephesians 1:22; Colossians 1:18) and that local church leadership, gifts, order, discipline, and worship are all appointed through His sovereignty. The biblically designated officers serving under Christ and over the local church are elders and deacons, both of whom must meet biblical qualification (1 Timothy 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9; 1 Peter 5:1-5). These leaders lead or rule as servants of Christ (1 Timothy 5:17-22) and have His authority in directing the church within the bounds of scriptural absolutes. The congregation is to submit to their leadership (Hebrews 13:7, 17).

We teach the importance and practice of discipleship (Matthew 28:19-20; 2 Timothy 2:2), mutual accountability of all believers to each other (Matthew 18:5-14), as well as the need for discipline for sinning members of the congregation in accord with the standards of Scripture (Matthew 18:15-22; 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15; 1 Timothy 1:19-20; Titus 1:10-16).

We teach the autonomy of the local Church, free from any external authority or control, with the right of self-government and freedom from the interference of any hierarchy of individuals or organisations (Revelation 1-3; Titus 1:5; Acts 20:28).

We teach that it is scriptural for true churches to co-operate with each other for the presentation and the propagation of their faith. Each local church, however, through its elders and their interpretation and application of Scripture, should be the sole judge of the measure of its co-operation. The elders should determine all other matters of membership, policy, discipline, benevolence, and government as well (Acts 15:19-31, 20:28; 1 Corinthians 5:4-7, 13, 16:1-4; 1 Peter 5:1-4).

We teach that the Church exists to glorify God (Ephesians 3:21) by facilitating the maturing of the body through the teaching of the Word of God (Ephesians 4:13-16; 2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 2 Timothy 3:16-17); through the keeping of the ordinances (Luke 22:19; Acts 2:38-42); through fellowship (Acts 2:47; 1 John 1:3) and by a commitment to evangelism throughout the entire world (Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8, 2:42).

Contact Info

Redemption Church Christchurch

PO Box 65,

Darfield 7541 

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