What is a Presbyterian?
The term “presbyterian” refers primarily to the way in which a church is governed. A Presbyterian Church is governed by elders according to the pattern seen in both the Old and New Testaments. This is in distinction to being ruled by a single bishop in a hierarchical model, or by members in a congregational model. In a Presbyterian congregation, biblically qualified elders are recognised through the congregation who elect them to rule the church corporately.
This government is exercised locally, regionally and nationally through a graded series of courts usually known as Session, Presbytery and General Assembly. It provides a way for the whole Church to be connected in mutual accountability and responsibility, and it demonstrates our common bond organisationally as the body of Christ under his Headship.
What are we doing at Hervey Bay Presbyterian Church?
Listening to and obeying God’s Word
How does God speak to us? Through the Bible. That’s why we read and study the Bible; that’s why in our church we listen and obey the teachings of the Bible.
The Bible is the only way through which God speaks to us. Because it is inspired by the Holy Spirit, it is trustworthy, inerrant and infallible. It is the standard of living for all Christians everywhere and in all ages.
Knowing the Lord Jesus Christ
By setting the Word of God, the Bible, in the centre of congregational living, we know and understand the sinful state we are born into, God’s forgiveness, grace, our repentance, thankfulness, love and sanctification.
Living in the right relationship with our Creator all come through knowing and trusting what the Lord Jesus Christ has done to provide our righteousness.
Members commit themselves to the work of the church in the areas of
If you do want to get involved in the life of Hervey Bay Presbyterian Church, we encourage you to continue to worship and fellowship with us each Lord’s Day so that we can get to know each other better.
If you would like to make a permanent commitment to the life of our congregation, approach one of our elders or our pastor for details about becoming a member or an adherent.
- To become a communicant member, each believer is required to make a personal commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ and the teachings of the Bible
- Membership is not just a loose affiliation. It involves regular attendance at Sunday worship and prayer:
- we worship our Lord and Saviour as members of the Body of Christ together
- we come together in Bible studies and prayer
- we are fed by our Lord through the teaching of the Bible for our equipment to serve Him and others like light and salt in this world
Salvation in four words
“There is none righteous, no not one” (Romans 3:10)
Christ, “His himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree (cross) that we being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes we are healed” (1 Peter 2:24).
“For by grace you are saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is a gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8)
“He that has the Son has life, and he that has not the Son of God has not life. These things are written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life and that you may believe on the name of the Son of God” (1 John 5: 12,13)