What Do We Believe?

An evangelical, non-charismatic, protestant Christian Church.

The Presbyterian Reformed Church of Australia believes and proclaims that the Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God. We uphold the "Westminster Confession of Faith" as a faithful interpretation of the Word of God. We believe that God is, and will always be, sovereign over the affairs of nations and over the hearts of individuals, and that His Word (the Bible) is to be the guide for our faith and practice in our daily living, that it has the answers to today's needs.

We are "presbyterian" because we adopt the presbyterian form of church government, believing it is consistent with Scripture. Elders in each congregation form a "session", and representatives from sessions meet together as a wider court known as "presbytery". Refer Acts 15

We are "reformed" because we believe the theology commonly known as the Reformed Faith (or the Doctrines of Grace) is a faithful understanding of Scripture. This can be summarised in the five points below:

Total Depravity

All men are affected by sin in all parts of their nature.
Rom 3:11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.

Unconditional Election

As a sovereign God, He has chosen to save certain sinners. This is His own choice and not based on anything that the sinner can do. (Nevertheless all people are still responsible to repent and believe the Gospel.)
John 15:16 "You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you ".

Limited Atonement

Christ's death atoned for the sins of those whom God has elected to salvation.
John 10:15 "As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep."

Irresistible Grace

When God's elect hear the Gospel, the Holy Spirit will irresistibly make them willing and able to believe.
John 6:37 "All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out."

Perseverance

Those truly repenting of their sins and trusting in Christ's atoning death will be always kept in the faith by the power of God.
1 Pet 1:4,5 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.