The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience. However, in order to guard, preserve and propagate the authority of the Scripture and its message, the New Testament apostles made certain points of doctrine confessional (I Timothy 3:16, II Timothy 2:2, I John 1:1-3, Jude 3). That is to say, the Bible itself demands that a church maintain a clearly articulated understanding of what God’s word teaches on the major points of theology in order to grow and remain healthy.
The summary of Christian doctrine which best describes the biblical understanding of Emmanuel Reformed Baptist Church can be found in The 1689 Second London Baptist Confession of Faith. While this historic confession does not replace or take priority over the authority of Scripture, it is an adequate and accurate overview of the major teachings of the Law, the Prophets, and of Jesus Christ and his apostles as faithfully recorded in the inspired Scriptures. We trust that you will find this document helpful as you seek to grow in your love for the One in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:3).
Our church consists of disciples of Jesus Christ who have gathered together for the purpose of worshiping the only true and living God. Because God is infinitely holy and perfectly just, you may expect our worship to be serious and reverent. Because God is most loving, gracious and merciful, you may expect our worship to be joyful and filled with thanksgiving. Because God recorded his Word for us, you may expect our worship to concentrate on reading and explaining the Bible. Because God delights in receiving praise from forgiven sinners, you may expect the singing of hymns which focus on the beauty and majesty of our great God and his wonderful salvation by grace alone in Christ alone. Because God delights in hearing his children speak to him, you may expect to hear prayers offered to him.
Are you a disciple of Jesus looking for a local congregation in which to worship God and serve your Saviour? Are you someone who is searching for truth or unsure of what you believe or what direction your life ought to take? If so, ERBC warmly invites you to join our Sunday morning worship service at 9:30am or our afternoon service at 1pm.
|09:30AM ~ 10:40AM||Morning Service|
|10:40AM ~ 11:10AM||Morning Tea|
|11:10AM ~ 12:00PM||Bible Study|
|12:00PM ~ 01:00PM||Luncheon|
|01:00PM ~ 02:00PM||Afternoon Service|
The Scriptures teach that all mankind is born spiritually dead because of the curse of death given to Adam when he sinned by breaking God’s law in the Garden of Eden. Therefore, all mankind is completely unable and unwilling to obtain God’s salvation from the guilt, shame and power of sin. Such a salvation can be found only in Jesus Christ who is God’s eternal Son. However, many people dead in their sins do not know who Christ is and how he is the salvation of all who come to him by faith. Therefore, one great privilege and duty of all who follow Christ as his disciples must always be to tell others of the hope which they themselves have found in Jesus. This communication of the gospel message to dead sinners is typically called evangelism and the methods by which disciples of Jesus try to reach them is commonly called outreach.
The primary means of outreach to which any believer in Christ must be committed is the local church. Here in the worship of God a guilty sinner can hear of the perfect righteousness of Christ which is freely offered to everyone regardless of how wicked they may be. In the worship of God, an individual gripped by the power of sin can hear of King Jesus and his great defeat of sin when he rose from the dead. In the worship of God, a lost and lonely sinner can hear of Jesus the friend of sinners and how he willingly bore the shame of a painful death on the cross for their sake. God has established the church as the means whereby he reveals to this dead world the greatness of his wisdom and power and the glory of his grace displayed in Jesus his Son (Ephesians 3:10, 21).
In addition to the local church and its regular preaching ministry, the Scriptures teach that all believers in Christ must live holy lives which attract outsiders to Christ (I Peter 2:9-12). These lives are to be accompanied with wise and gracious words which explain the gospel in simple terms so that those unfamiliar with the Bible and its teachings may understand why believers live the way they do (I Peter 3:15). Gracious words must then be accompanied with kind actions revealing a heart of love toward all people. Believers are to be hospitable, good citizens, patient when wronged and providing practical care to the needy (James 2:14-17, I Peter 2:17-19, 4:8-11). All of these actions and attitudes constitute outreach and evangelism. Motivation for such work comes from knowing Jesus as one’s Shepherd. Jesus is a Shepherd who sought his sheep when it was lost and brought it home rejoicing (Luke 15:4-6). Jesus is a Shepherd who wept over his people when they refused to acknowledge him as their Savior (Matthew 23:37). Jesus is a Shepherd who continues gently and patiently to guide and protect each of his sheep all the time (Psalm 23:1ff). When a believer meditates on such a Shepherd, he/she will be motivated to seek the lost and to pray for opportunities to reach out to those who are still dead in their sins.
If you are a disciple of Christ eager to serve him in outreach and evangelism come worship with us. Come learn Jesus Christ himself by hearing him speak to you through the preached word of God. How else can you hope to shepherd others and be motivated to do so without first meditating on Jesus? Then having worshipped God and having your soul fed by Jesus go forward and evangelise those yet in their sins by means of the ways listed above. May the Lord be with you as you do so and may he bless your efforts so that many will come to know him by your witness.
Allen began work in the pastoral ministry at First Baptist Church in Clinton, LA in the summer of 2013. After serving as a pastoral assistant, he became the church’s associate pastor in April 2014. Almost exactly two years later, FBC commissioned Allen as a missionary and sent him to Perth, Australia in order to plant a Reformed Baptist church. Allen, along with his wife and four children, have lived in Perth since that time. At present, he serves as the pastor at Emmanuel Reformed Baptist Church.