What we believe

Doctrines

The Doctrine of the Church of Christ New Zealand, which is an evangelical Protestant church, is based on historic Biblical Christianty and the heritage of the Reformation. The term "evangelical" is used to mean that the authority of the Bible and one's personal experience of salvation through Christ form the basis of the Christian faith. The Church approaches difficult and controversial parts of the Bible with humility and charity. (I Corinthians 13:9-12).

We Believe:

1. THAT the Christian faith, which centres upon the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ, has four main aspects:
 
2. THAT the BIBLE both Old Testament (O.T.) and New Testament (N.T.) is the only written WORD OF GOD, that it is written without error in its original writing and that it's authority in matters of belief and behaviour is absolute and final. Unlike any other book, it's writing was guided and planned by God through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Individual parts of Scripture are to be interpreted in the light of the whole Bible. It is primarily a book of salvation which reveals God's plan for mankind in Christ. It has a living message with power to change lives.
[2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; John 10:35; 14-26; 16:13; Romans 3:2; 1 Thessalonians
2:13; 2 Samuel 23:2; Exodus 20:1; Galatians1:6-9]
 
3. THAT the one true eternal GODHEAD exists in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, who are all equally God. The truth of the Trinity is best understood as we experience the work of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit in our lives. No finite human analogy adequately explains the Godhead. [1 Timothy 3:16]. The FATHER is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe. He is omnipresent (everywhere), omniscient (knows everything), omnipotent (all-powerful), eternal and unchanging. The Scriptures emphasize His holiness, love, mercy, grace, faithfulness and just judgment extended to man in Christ.[Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; 1 Timothy 2:5; 2 Corinthians 13:14; John 14:15-26;Genesis 1:26; Deuteronomy 6:4; Ephesians 3:9; Hebrews 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16; Romans 5:8; Psalm 103:9-13]
 
4. THAT the unique historical JESUS CHRIST was eternally pre-existent with the Father but was incarnated as a man to fulfil God the Father's plan for man's redemption. He was fully man and fully God, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary and gave himself as the ransom-sacrifice for sinful mankind. He is the only mediator between God and mankind. The historical event of the resurrection is the foundation of Christianity. Some of his main titles are Messiah (which in the Greek is "Christos" from which we derive Christ) [1 John 4:25-26]; Lord [Acts 10:36], Son of God [John 20:3I]; Son of Man [Matthew 8:20]; the Word [John 1:1-4]; High Priest [Hebrews 7:23-28]; Lamb of God [John 1:29]; Prince of Peace [Isaiah 9:6]; the Suffering Servant [Isaiah 52:13; 53:12]. Christ's fulfilment of O.T. prophecy authenticates His deity and verifies the divine inspiration of the Bible.
[Acts 3:18; 17:2-3; Romans 1:2; Luke 24:27,44]. [John 1:1-3,14; 8:46, 50-58; Galatians 4:4-5; Hebrews 2:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5; 3:16; Luke 24:36-43; Revelation 1:8; 1 Corinthians 15; Daniel 7:9-14; Psalm 110:1].
 
5. THAT the HOLY SPIRIT is the third person of the Trinity, invisibly present with and indwelling God's people everywhere, the source of all acceptable worship and service [John 4:23] and the inspirer of the Bible who shows us what the Bible means [1 Corinthians 2:9-11].Christians are commanded to be"filled with the Spirit"[Ephesians 5:18] as a continuous and regular experience so that their lives may be holy and their service effective. The "Baptism of the Spirit" [Matthew 3:11] is a separate experience subsequent to conversion and, usually, water baptism. The gift of "speaking with other tongues" [Acts 2:4] usually accompanies this experience. He produces the"fruit of the Spirit" [Galatians 5:16-25] in the life of the believer and also gives a variety of spiritual gifts to glorify Jesus in Christian service.
[John 15:26; Romans 8:9, 26-27; Acts 13:2, Ephesians4:30; l Corinthians 6:19; 12:11-13; 1 John 2:27;Acts 2:38-39; 19:1-6; Genesis 1:2; Isaiah 63:10; Ezekiel 37:1-4.]
 
6. THAT SALVATION is the result of a sincere personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. Man is unique in his creation as a moral being, and responsible for his actions, but he rebelled against God and became a sinful and fallen being, under God's judgment and subject to the devil's dominion. On the cross, Christ became the sinner's substitute and died as an atoning sacrifice to reconcile God and man. Man cannot save himself by good works or by a mere profession of religion. A Christian is a person who has received Christ as Saviour and Lord. He is justified by faith and sanctified or made holy, by the Holy Spirit. The believer should increasingly want to be more like Jesus. We are not saved by good works but we are saved for good works [James 2:17-26]. Bible truth should be practised in daily life. True believers have eternal security [John 10:29; Philippians 1:6] but eternal life can be forfeited by apostasy.
[Matthew7:15-27; 2 Peter 2:20-22]. [John 1:12; 3:3-8; Titus 3:5; Ephesians 2:1-10; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:23; 6:23; 1 Peter 2;24; 3:18; 1John 5:11-12; Revelation 3:20; Jeremiah 17:9; Isaiah 53; 64:6; Habakkuk 2:4].
 
7. THAT God promises miraculous PHYSICAL or bodily HEALING as a part of Christ's salvation. Jesus Christ healed many sick people. His miracles were signs of his divine authority. Christ commissioned his followers to heal the sick. It is God's will that mankind should enjoy both physical and spiritual health.
[Matthew 4:23-24; 3 John 2; Hebrews 13:8; James 5:13-16; I Corinthians 12:9; Exodus 15:26; Leviticus 26:14-16; Psalm 103:3-4; Isaiah 53:4-5.].

 
8. THAT the CHURCH the universal "body of Christ"(1 Corinthians 12:27) consists of all those in every age who truly believe in Christ as Saviour. The "unity of the Spirit" (Ephesians 4:3) between individual believers is more important than minor differences between denominations. The Church is based on the sole authority of the Bible which is the only basis of genuine spiritual unity. It is living fellowship rather than mere buildings; an organism rather than an organisation. Christ is its example in everything. Its main mission is to preach the gospel. There is a "priesthood of all believers" under the guidance of God-appointed leaders [Acts 13:1-3] who exercise pastoral oversight in each assembly. The Holy Spirit should be sovereign in all aspects of Church life. CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP: The Greek word "koinonia" means an association or partnership and has the idea of a community or a close fellowship that shares together in a practical sense. Christians share this strength of belonging to one another (Acts 2:42) and to God (1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 John 1:3) and enjoy certain privileges in common (1 Corinthians 12:27; Hebrews 3:14; 2 Peter 1:4).

The Christian is not an isolated individual. (Romans 14:7) He is one of a believing company with an inner spiritual bond (Ephesians 4:3-6, 15-16). It is an important duty of Christians to meet together for the public worship of God and the mutual strengthening of one another (Hebrews 10:24-25). True fellowship results in mutual love (John 13:34). The Lord's Supper is a symbol of this inner fellowship (1 Corinthians 10:16-17).
9. THAT the SACRAMENTS of water baptism and the Lord's Supper were instituted by Jesus Christ as symbols of the gospel. The WATER OF BAPTISM signifies death to the old life and emergence to the new life. We use total immersion as it conforms with N.T. practice.
[Matthew 3:13-17; 28:19-20; Acts 2:39; 41; 8:38-34; Romans 6:3-4; Colossians 2:12.]
THE LORD'S SUPPER is a fellowship "meal" by which the bread and wine bring to "remembrance" and symbolise the receiving of Christ's body and blood, given for us in death. Believers come together as a family. It anticipates Christ's return and should be partaken with reverent self-examination.
[Acts 2:42-46; Matthew 26:26-29; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Corinthians 11:20-34.]
 
10. THAT CHURCH and STATE each has its own particular function and that they both have duties each to the other. The state derives its authority from God and should not command that which is contrary to the Bible. The Church has a duty to be the nation's conscience. Religious liberty is an essential democratic freedom.
[1 Timothy 2:1-3; Romans 13:1-7; Mark 12:17; 1 Peter 2:13-l7; Revelalion13; & 17; Acts 4:19;5:29; Daniel 3.]
 
11. THAT the Christian's hope is the personal future RETURN OF JESUS CHRIST which demonstrates that God is Lord of history. The present world system cannot be perfected. The Christian's duty is watchfulness, prayerfulness, and obedient service. The precise date is not stated in the Bible, but signs were given to indicate the approaching "time of the end" [Daniel 12:8-9].

[Mark -13:32;Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 5:6; 1 John 3:2; 2 Peter 3:11, 14; Revelation 1:7, 22:20; Matthew 16:3; Luke 21:25-28.]
 
   
   
 
 
   

Contact us

Cnr Mt Albert & Dominion Rds
PO Box 27201, Mt Roskill,
Auckland

09 620 9583
09 620 4756 (Fax)
church@ccnz.org.nz
 

Our Churches

Mt Roskill
Pastor W. Mellis
8 Mt Roskill Road
Mt Roskill
Auckland 1041
 
Glen Eden
Pastor C. King
286 West Coast Rd
Glen Eden
Auckland 0602
 
Manurewa
Pastor W. Yandall
90 Rowandale Ave
Manurewa
Auckland 2102
 
Japan
Pastor Takada
4-53-3 Saidera
Suita City
Osaka 565-0836