WHO WE ARE
We are a congregation of the Lord’s church in Hamilton, New Zealand. We are not Catholic or Protestant. We are not a denomination. We are simply the church one reads about in the New Testament. We are mentioned by name as the church of Christ in Romans 16:16.
Jesus Christ founded the church in the city of Jerusalem in A.D. 33. The congregation in Hamilton was planted in 1962. Our members come from a number of different backgrounds, but are all united in their love for Christ and for each other.
WHAT WE BELIEVE
As the Lord’s church, what we believe is based solely on the Bible. We have no man-made creeds or church manuals. Our only standard of religious authority is God’s word. Someone once well said, “If a human creed contains more than the Bible it contains too much; if it contains less than the Bible it contains too little; but if it contains the same thing as the Bible we do not need it anyway” (Unknown Author).
Based on the Bible, we believe the following:
– There is one God who exists in three Persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; Mark 12:32).
– The Bible is the inspired, inerrant word of God, and is God’s complete and final revelation to man in the present age (1 Corinthians 13:8-10; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
– The Law of Moses is no longer in force, and everyone is now accountable to the Law of Christ, which is found in the New Testament (Hebrews 8:7-13).
– Salvation is the gift of God, not of works (Ephesians 2:8). One is saved by hearing the Gospel, believing its message, repenting of sin, confessing Christ, and being immersed in water for the forgiveness of sins (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:37-41). One remains saved by living faithfully to God (Revelation 2:10; Acts 11:23).
– Christ is the Head of the church (Colossians 1:18). Under Christ, each congregation is to be led by a group of elders, who are to be assisted by a group of deacons (Philippians 1:1). Scripture requires those who serve as elders and deacons to meet the qualifications found in 1 Timothy 3:1-13. Furthermore, each congregation is self-governing (1 Peter 5:2).
– As Christians, we are to meet on the first day of every week to encourage one another and worship God (Acts 20:7; Hebrews 10:24-25). When we meet, we sing to God with our hearts as our only instrument (Ephesians 5:19). We partake of the Lord’s Supper in remembrance of Christ’s death (Matthew 26:26-29). We study a portion of God’s precious word (1 Peter 2:2). We approach the Father in prayer through Christ (1 Timothy 2:1-2, 5). We also financially give of our means in order to support the work of the church (1 Corinthians 16:2).
– Christ will return, and will do so at an unexpected time (Matthew 24:36-44). When He returns, He will raise the dead and judge the nations, rewarding the righteous with eternal life and punishing the wicked with everlasting punishment (Matthew 25:31-46).
If you would like to learn more about what God’s word teaches, please do not hesitate to contact us.