WHO IS FAITH IN CHRIST FELLOWSHIP?


Faith in Christ Fellowship exists to proclaim the Good News of salvation, bring people into the body of Christ, help each other grow into Christ-like maturity, love and serve one another and the community, so as to give glory to our loving Almighty God.

 

We are a Foursquare Church


We are part of an international organisation of over 27,000 churches in more than 120 countries.  The word Foursquare means ‘firm’, ‘dependable’, and ‘steady’.  The Gospel of Jesus Christ if “foursquare” in that it is the unshakable, unchanging truth of God’s love and salvation for the whole world.  Foursquare also describes the four major facets of Jesus’ ministry:

Jesus is the Saviour, who rescues and delivers from sin

Jesus is the Healer, who came to make people whole in body, mind, and spirit

Jesus is the Baptiser, who fills His people with the power of the Holy Spirit

Jesus is the King, who will come again for His bride, the Church and fully establish His kingdom on earth.

 

We are a Family Church


We believe that a proper focus on our family relationships is where ministry to others must begin.  A christianity that doesn’t work at home won’t work anywhere else either! We want husbands and wives, parents, children and every believer to let the light of Jesus shine in the everyday life of their families.  Our homes will be powerful centres of ministry as we reach out to family friends and neighbours with the love of God.

We aim to:

  • Help and care for the elderly
  • Encourage and support single parents
  • Build strong marriages and families
  • Provide ministry for the children and youth
  • Visit and pray for the sick
  • Support ethnic people as they arrive and settle in Australia

WHAT TO EXPECT


AT FAITH IN CHRIST FELLOWSHIP

Casual atmosphere
Weekend experiences that last for one and a half hour
Thought-provoking messages based on the Bible
Teaching from Senior Pastor Nomer Velasco or a guest Pastor
Live worship music
Fun teaching for your kids & teens

FOR YOU

A place to belong: Connect Groups are the people you can laugh, grow, and serve with. We have groups for men, women, couples, high school students, young professionals, hobbyists, athletes, new believers, and more!
A chance to make a difference: God can use your gifts and skills to change lives by serving at FCF. You can also make a difference through missions in our local communities and around the globe.

FOR YOUR FAMILY

A place just for kids: Sunday School weekend experiences where newborns through 4th graders learn about Jesus through great videos, music, activities, stories, and small group time
An easy transition: J12 a weekend experience with worship, discussion time and relevant teaching designed to help 5th and 6th graders make the move from elementary to middle school
A night for teens: WYRE Youth (meeting mid-week) where students 7th grade and up worship, engage in small group discussions with adult leaders, and hear a message just for them

NEXT STEPS


FIRST STEPS


  • Attend church regularly. Worshiping and learning in community with others is one of the best ways to re-align yourself with God.
  • Read your Bible. God’s Word is meant to be woven throughout our lives, giving us new wisdom with each season we experience. It’s the story of His love for us since the beginning of time—something best enjoyed daily.
  • Pray. We have the privilege of a direct connection to the Creator of the universe. Through prayer, God addresses our deepest hopes and fears, gives us direction, and expresses His love to us.

 

ESSENTIAL STEPS


  • Get Baptized. Baptism is our way of telling the world about our relationship with Christ. Jesus did it, and it’s an important way we can follow His footsteps.
  • Give. When we give, it acknowledges God as the giver of everything we have, reflects our trust that He will continue to provide for us, and allows us to be a part of His work here on earth. It’s something we do with joy.
  • Bring your family. Following Jesus is a journey that becomes even more meaningful when shared. A great way to lay the groundwork is getting your kids involved in the ministry that’s designed just for them. are/what-to-expect

 

FOCUSED STEPS


  • Build relationships. Connect with people in a LifeGroup, where you can make new friends, connect with people growing in the same area as you, or develop mentoring relationships.
  • Discover purpose. Each of us is a masterpiece, placed on earth for a unique purpose that’s solely ours to fulfill. Uncover and pursue God’s dream for your life – your Chazown – with The Chazown Experience.
  • Serve. Make a difference by serving a worthy cause, whether volunteering at LifeChurch.tv or changing something in your community.
  • Grow as a Leader. Invest in others by putting your leadership into action. You’ve got lots of options, like mentoring, coaching, leading a LifeGroup, or launching a mission. Contact your LifeGroups and Missions Pastor at your campus to begin your Leadership Journey.
  • Get help. Your next step may be gaining freedom from harmful influences in your life, like recovering from addiction or reframing unhealthy relationships.
  • Learn and grow. Go deeper on a topic you’re passionate about with targeted teaching and resources.

WHY WE WORSHIP AS WE DO


We are glad you have come to worship with us.  We have no printed “Order of Worship” nor complicated ritual to follow.  Our worship is based on biblical patterns.  This article will explain the biblical basis of our worship – of why we worship as we do.

Why do we worship God?

“Worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.” – Matthew 4:10b

How should we worship God?

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks.  God is spirit and his worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth.” – John 4:23-24

Why do we stand to sing?

“Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korhites stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.” – 2 Chronicles 20:19

Why do we clap our hands?

“Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.” – Psalm 47:1

Why do we lift our hands?

“I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands” – Psalm 63:4

“Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord.” – Psalm 134:2

Why do we dance before the Lord?

“And David was dancing before the Lord with all his might.” – 2 Samuel 6:14

Why do we praise God aloud?

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise – the fruit of our lips that confess His name.” – Hebrews 13:15

“After that I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: Hallelujah! Salvation and the glory and power belong to our God… Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.”  – Revelations 19:1,6

Why do we sing choruses as well as hymns?

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” – Colossians 3:16

Why do we sing in tongues and in English?

“For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.  What is it then?  I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also:  I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding.” – 1 Corinthians 14:14-15

Why do we have speaking in tongues and the interpretation of these tongues in Church?

“Therefore my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.  But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.” – 1 Corinthians 14:39

“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good… to another the ability to speak in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.” – 1 Corinthians 12:7,10

What is prophecy and why do we prophesy?

“But everyone who proclaims speaks to men for their strengthening, encouragement and comfort.” – 1 Corinthians 14:3

“Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy.” – 1 Corinthians 14:1

Why do we use musical instruments in the worship service?

“Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him with tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals.” – Psalm 150:3

“And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters… “The sound I heard was that of harpists playing their harps.” – Revelations 14:2

Why does the whole Church pray together for specific needs?

“When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God.  ‘Sovereign Lord’, they said, ‘you made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them.'” – Acts 4:24

Why do we receive tithes and offerings?

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house.  Test me in this, says the Lord Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.” – Malachi 3:10

 

MEANING OF SOME SCRIPTURAL TERMS


The Annointing

The presence and work of the Holy Spirit in a person or Church’s life. “As for you, the anointing you received from Him remains in you…” (1 John 2:27)

The Glory

The manifestation of God’s presence and splendour to the spiritual and physical faculties of man.  “When the priests withdrew from the Holy place, the cloud filled the temple of the Lord.  And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled his temple.” (1 Kings 8:10-11)

Revelation

The manifestation of GOd’s will and truths to man.  “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  I pray also that the wyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe…” (Ephesians 1:17-19)

Slain in the Spirit

When the presence of the Holy Spirit is strongly manifest, people sometimes fall to the ground.  This experience is also called “falling under the power”.  People who fall down are never unconscious, but completely yielded to the Holy Spirit as He moves powerfully upon them.  The experience usually last for a minute or two but can sometimes be quite prolonged. (Acts 9:4)

Baptised in the Holy Spirit

An experience occurring at or after conversion when the believer is filled with power and speaks with tongues (Acts 1:5, 2:4, 19:16).  A Christian who has been baptised in the Holy Spirit is often called a “Spirit-filled Christian”.  This is a misleading term because on experience doesn’t guarantee constant fullness.  Like the early disciples, we need to seek God for further in fillings of the Spirit (Acts 4:29-31)

Pentecostal

On the day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit fell upon the believers, they spoke with tongues and the gifts o the Holy Spirit began to operate (Acts 2).  We believe that all believers should experience the Pentecostal experience through the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Charismatic

Comes from the Greek word “charisma” meaning gift.  The charisma of God are His “grace gifts” such as tongues, prophecy, healing, etc.  These gifts are known as the gifts of the Holy Spirit; some of these are listed in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11.  Christians operating under these gifts are sometimes called charismatics.

WHAT WE BELIEVE


  1. The Holy Scriptures:   That the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:19-21)
  2. The External Godhead:  That God is triune, Father, Son and Holy Spirit (1 John 5:7, John 1:1,2,14)
  3. The Fall of Man:  That man fell through disobedience (Romans 5:12-19)
  4. The Plan of Redemption:  That Christ died to redeem us. (Titus 2:14, Galatians 3:13)
  5. Salvation Through Grace:  That we must come to God pleasing the righteousness of Christ. (Ephesians 2:8-10, Romans 3:23-24)
  6. Repentance & Acceptance:  That repentance and acceptance of Christ, we are justified before God.  (1 John 1:9, John 6:37b)
  7. The New Birth:  That new birth must be experienced to become a child of God. (John 3:3, 2 Corinthians 5:17)
  8. Daily Christian Life: That we are sanctified daily, growing constantly in faith. (1 Thess.5:23, Heb. 6:1)
  9. Baptism: That water baptism through immersion is an outward sign of an inward work. (Rom.6:4, Acts 2:41)
  10. The Lord’s Supper: That the symbolical use of the bread and the juice of the vine, we commemorate the Lord’s Supper. (1 Cor. 11:23b-28)
  11. Baptism of the Holy Spirit: That it is to endure the believer with power, and that it is of the same manner as in Bible Days. (Acts 1:5,8, 2:4)
  12. Spirit-filled life: That it is the will of God that we walk in the Spirit daily. (Rom.12:1-2, Gal. 5:16-25)
  13. Gifts and Fruit of the Holy Spirit: That the Holy Spirit has gifts to bestow upon Christians. (Rom. 12:6-8, Gal.5:22-23, John 15:8)
  14. Moderation: That the walk of Christians should never lead him into extremes of fanaticisms. (Phil.4:5)
  15. Divine healing: That it is the power of Christ to heal the sick in answer the prayer of faith. (James 5:14-16, Matt.8:17)
  16. The Second Coming of Christ: That the Second Coming of Christ is both imminent and personal. (1 Thess. 4:16-17)
  17. Church Relationship: That we are to identify ourselves with the visible church of Christ. (Heb.10:24-25)
  18. Civil Government: That rulers should be upheld at all times except in things opposed to the will of God. (Rom. 13:1-3)
  19. Final judgment: That all shall stand before the judgement seat of God; and there receive their eternal life or death. (Matt.13:41-43)
  20. Heaven and Hell: That heaven is the glorious eternal home of Born again Christians and hell is a palce of eternal torment for all who reject Christ as their saviour. (1 Cor. 2:9, John 14:2, Rev. 20:10,15)
  21. Tithes & Offerings: That tithes and offerings is to support the Lord’s work. (Malachi 3:13, 11 Cor. 9:7)
  22. Evangelism: That the Church is responsible to evangelise all nations. (Mark 16:15, John 4:35-37)