EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST

Expressions of interest are requested to form a new church on Hobart’s eastern shore, on the following principles.

MAIN PRINCIPLES

1. That the church is to be God-centred, not man-centred;

2. That the church’s role is to make disciples, and teach people about Jesus and the Christian faith;

In doing so:

3. The church acknowledges that although many of the non-biblical practices of today’s church have developed over time, it doesn’t necessarily make them valid or relevant for today; and

4. That the church needs to avoid any distractions from its intended role—that is, to tell people about Jesus.

SPECIFIC PRINCIPLES

Specifically, the church is to acknowledge:

a) Property

1. That church buildings have their place. But that they need to be practical, for the use of the congregation, and not to be kept or maintained at the expense of the Gospel.

2. That buildings, property, etc are to be set apart for sacred purposes, and are not to be used for secular purposes.

b) Congregation

3. That the responsibility for leadership and ministry is to be shared by all members. And that no one person is to be expected to carry too heavy a load.

4. That to be faithful, it needs to use only resources given by the members of its congregation and those in the wider Christian Church. In this regard, it is not to accept any money, property etc., offered by those outside of the Christian Church.

5. That communion was originally intended to be celebrated as part of a fellowship meal. As a consequence, it is to promote the sharing of meals in which communion can properly take place.

c) Pastoral Issues

6. The need to promote a biblical view of marriage, unencumbered from any legal definition. As a consequence, it is to avoid involvement in conduct of wedding services.

7. The need to care for the elderly amongst its members. But it is not to be involved in the running of retirement and nursing homes for Christian and non-Christians alike.

8. The need to care for those who are bereaved amongst its members. But it is not to be involved as a church in the burial of the dead.

d) Outreach

9. That anyone (employed or volunteer) who represents the church (and Christ in the world), needs to a believing member of the congregation or the wider Christian Church. As a consequence, it will not employ any non-Christian under any circumstances.

10. That any involvement in social welfare programmes is to be by its members and funded within its own resources. It is not to apply to administer any programmes through organisations outside the Christian church or to apply for Government grants.

11. That whilst its role is to teach people about Jesus, it does not exist to give people an education based on secular academic criteria or promote academic excellence to the detriment of the Gospel.

12. The need to provide support for members with a medical condition. But not to run hospitals for Christians and non-Christians alike.

e) Other Faiths

13. The need to be able to distinguish between Christians and people who say they are Christians.

14. That it acknowledges that understanding other faiths and cultures is important. But only as a means to be able to tell people about Jesus.

15. That no property owned by the church is to be given, loaned, or hired out for any practices associated with any other religion.

Posted: 9th July 2018
© 2018, Brian A Curtis
www.brianacurtis.com.au

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