Who We Are

The Christian Reformed Church of Wollongong is a Protestant church that has its roots in the great protestant Reformation movement of the 16th century, and the Reformed Churches of Europe that followed.

By God’s grace, our church community has been serving and witnessing to Christ for over 60yrs in Wollongong. Our congregation is blessed with a full scope of ages from infants to faithful servants in their 90’s. Our ministries cater for children, teenagers, young adults, adults, families and singles.

We offer worship services each Sunday at 9:30am with a measured and God honouring approach to worship. We pray together, sing psalms, hymns and contemporary songs, and read and sit under God’s word together. We long to see men and women, boys and girls respond in faith to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and grow in their faith through life. So we make every effort to engage people and teach the Bible, pointing all to the saving work of Jesus Christ.

As a member of the Christian Reformed Churches of Australia, we hold to and affirm a reformed evangelical theology and practice.

Our Mission

Bringing glory to God as we
        grow in Christ,
        follow him,
        love like him, and
        call others to do the same.

Our Vision

By God’s grace and in submission to His will, by 2021, we will be a loving community who are growing people of all ages and stages to maturity in Christ through a living discipleship process, actively involved in gathering in God's growing family through 4 intentional outreach based events each year.

The Five Solas

Foundational to the Reformation were what was called the Five Solas, or the Five Alones, which served to explain the basis of protestant belief.

That according to the authority of the Bible, sinners are only saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone all to the glory of God alone.

Scripture Alone

We believe that the Bible, the Word of God, is the only authority for Christian life and faith. In it God reveals himself as the eternal

Father, Son and Holy Spirit and as we read the Scriptures we get to know God.

We place a strong emphasis on teaching, preaching and studying the Bible as it is the most important book for our world.

The Bible teaches us the way of salvation through faith in Christ Jesus, and then how to live that new life out of thankfulness to God.

Christ Alone

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and He is our only mediator and saviour. He alone bridges the gap between mankind and God. He alone saves believers from our sins through his substitutionary death of the cross and his life giving resurrection from the grave.

We believe the work of the Holy Spirit is focused on Christ, and it is the Spirit who gives us faith to believe in Christ, draws our attention to Him, helps us understand His Word, makes us more like Jesus and enables us to witness for Him.

Faith Alone

We believe a person is only saved from their sins by faith Jesus Christ. We are not saved by our good works, our attempts to be religious, or our moralistic lifestyle. No, we believe every person is corrupted by sin and will only find salvation from sin and acceptance by God through repentance and faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This is the foundation of the Christian who believes, from the first day until the end.

A Christian lives by Faith in Jesus Christ each and every day.

Grace Alone

We believe that salvation in Jesus Christ is not earned or merited by us but is a free gift of God’s grace to undeserving sinners.

This grace is to be celebrated and enjoyed by those who believe as it shapes their motivation and actions.

Grace reminds us that God has done it all for us and so we do not have to impress God but do His good works in response to His grace.

God Alone

We believe that the believer is saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ alone;
for the praise, worship, honour and glory of God alone through all phases and stages of life.

This focus on God’s glory, as Creator and Redeemer, is meant to work out in a life of worship to God. Every area of life is embraced as an area of service to God and an expression of love for him.

Core Biblical Values

Biblical Teaching

We believe that the Bible is God’s inspired word to us (2Timothy 3:16). In it we meet Jesus Christ and learn how he saves his people from their sins. (John 20:31; Acts 4:12). The Bible is true, living, active and our ultimate authority for faith and life (Hebrews 4:12; 2Timothy 3:16). We are commanded to teach the Bible to our children (Deuteronomy 11:18-21) as well as to others (Matthew 28:19-20). By studying Scripture, we are equipped to serve God. (2 Tim 3:17).

Discipleship

(EVANGELISM & MISSION)

Jesus' last command to His disciples before going up to heaven was to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19-20, Acts 2). Jesus call shapes and directs our mission and ministry from our backyards to the ends of the earth. It begins with evangelism as we call all people to respond in repentance and faith to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Romans 10:9-15). Next, through Bible teaching and service, we nurture and build up new disciples to maturity in Christ, equipping them for a life of self-sacrificial discipleship and ministry. (2Timothy 3:16-17; Ephesians 4:11-13, Mark 8:34).

Loving People

Love is the primary attitude of the Christian life as expressed in the two great commandments – Love the Lord your God and Love your neighbour as yourself (Mark 12:30-31). According to the example of God and Christ, this love is self-sacrificial (John 15:9-17) and extends even to our enemies (Romans 5:8, Matthew 5:43-48). As Christians we are expected to love (John 4:7-8; Galatians 5:22). This love puts the needs of others first and is reflected in patience, kindness, forgiveness, hospitality, service and encouragement (1Corinthians 13:1-13; Romans 12:9-21; Hebrews 10:24).

Forgiveness

Forgiveness means to wipe clean, to pardon and to cancel the debt of someone who doesn’t deserve it (Romans 4:4-8). By nature we are sinners and do not deserve forgiveness (Rom 3:23). But, in mercy and grace, God has made forgiveness possible through the sin bearing sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ (2Cor 5:21). Therefore, all who turn in repentance and faith in Christ will be forgiven (Col 1:13-14; Heb 9:22). As forgiven sinners we forgive, embodying what Jesus has done for us (Matt 6:14-15; 18:21-22; Luke 11:4; 23:34; Eph 4:32; Col 3:13-14).

Prayer

Prayer is the essential element of an active and dependant relationship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Eph 6:18; 1Thess 5:17). Its importance was modelled and taught by Jesus (Matt 6:5-13; 19:13; Mark 1:35, 14:32; Luke 9:18; John 17) and its practice encouraged by Jesus (John 14:13-14) because the Spirit intercedes (Rom 8:26-27). God tells us prayer is powerful (James 5:16) and so as a church we pray (Neh 9; Acts 4:2). In Jesus name we pray for Gospel impact and Kingdom expansion. We also praise, give thanks, confess, and intercede for one another in prayer (Acts 2:42; 6:1-7; Eph 1:15-23; 3:14-21).

Godly Leadership

Leadership in Christ’s Church is carried out by mature Christians as witnessed in their character, conviction and competence (1Tim 3:1-13; Titus 1:5-9) According to the Bible, Christian Leadership is shepherding leadership, where the shepherd cares for, feeds and protects the sheep (Acts 20:28-31). It also models the Christian life before God’s people, setting them an example just like Jesus (John 13:15; 1Tim 4:12) as it teaches and proclaims the truth without diversion (2Tim 4:2-5).