WHAT IS OUR VISION?
To be a community of Christ followers who LOVE God and each other, who GROW to become the people he is calling us to be, and who GO and make disciples in Western Sydney and beyond.
WHO IS HOLROYD NEW LIFE CHURCH?
We originally grew out of what was known as Brent St. Mission (Five Dock) in the late 1960’s. After several moves in location over the years, the Church relocated its Sunday services to the Greystanes area in 1984.
Our Church members primarily see themselves as part of the local church of Jesus Christ in the western side of Sydney. This, we believe, consists of every born again Christian in the local area, regardless of denominational affiliation. As such we welcome, encourage and support (in various practical ways), interaction with fellow believers and churches in our own area, as well as those from other places.
We regularly receive ministry from other ministers, recognizing our need for balance in church emphasis, activity and teaching that such outside ministry brings.
Our leadership has been active in the Holroyd Christian Ministers' Fellowship for many years. As a church we have been especially active in the combined high schools and local district youth ministry. We’re actively committed to, and involved with, other life-giving churches in our district. In 2002 we formalized this with a Letter of Commitment.
OVERSIGHT AND MINISTRY
Organizationally, we believe in the government of local assemblies by ‘ascension gift’ ministries, elders and deacons as they are defined in the New Testament, (e.g. the balance seen in Acts15:1-4).
We believe all the ministries that were operative in the early church are still relevant today. Therefore, we acknowledge our need for exposure to all the ‘ascension gift ministries’ set out in Ephesians 4:11; apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers.
These are not necessarily found in every fellowship (hence our need for exposure to ‘outside’ ministry on a regular basis), but are often a part of the oversight of the local assembly. We believe all these ministries continue to be needed “to prepare (equip) God’s people for works of service, so that the Body of Christ may be built up, until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. (Ephesians 4:12-13). This is still in operation today.
We also view all the various ministries listed in Act, Romans 12, and 1 Corinthians 12 as still relevant today. The emphasis here is on activating the “priesthood of all believers”, rather than building a ‘support squad’ for one or two leading public ministries.
Current Church Leaders
Senior Minister: Brian Rensford
Elders: Gavin Watts
Deacons: Peter Brown & Philip Doughty
Administrator: Michelle Burns
God is a triune being – Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
In the centrality and eternal divinity of Jesus Christ, God’s Son, our Saviour, our only Saviour. Jesus said, “No man comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6) We affirm there is no other way to be reconciled and relate to God except through Jesus, recognizing that this central truth draws Christianity into conflict with much of today’s mentality of ‘toleration’ and ‘pluralism’ which supports the “Jesus is Lord of your personal life, but not of society” approach.
In the inspiration and continued relevance of God’s word, the Bible, to men and women today; that it is the final authority over the areas it addresses. God’s word highlights who God is, who man was meant to be and what he has become through sin and the Fall; God’s plan of redemption for those who turn to Him.
In baptism by immersion in water as an essential ingredient for growing up in Christ; obeying the command of Matthew 28:19 and Acts 2:38-39.
In being baptized in the Holy Spirit, with speaking in other tongues as the normative scriptural experience; available to all believers for the purpose of edifying and empowering their lives to be effective witnesses of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We recognize the continued activity of the “powers of darkness” under the lordship of Satan. We understand that Jesus Christ has already defeated these powers (Colossians 2:15), but we are also told in Ephesians 6:10-18 that we are in a continual ‘struggle’ against these demonic forces from a position of authority ‘in Christ’. This is particularly relevant to any church who is serious about evangelizing the community, which is still under the control of the ‘evil one’, (1 John 5:19).SOME BASIC PRACTICES OF OUR CHURCH
We celebrate communion weekly (1 Corinthians 11:26),inviting other sincere believers to participate with us.
We encourage the use of the grace gifts of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives and services; and recognize that these gifts (referred to in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12) are still available to ‘each and every believer’ (1 Cor. 12:11). This includes praying for healing, material provision, guidance and job hunting.
We practice proportional giving as set out in the Bible; and we differentiate between tithes and offerings using separate boxes for each. Pastoral care, office administration and schools’ ministries are currently supported.
Tithes are used for the support of people involved in ministry. A Relief Fund and ‘Other Ministry’ Support Fund are also maintained from our tithes.
Offerings are used to cover the material and operational costs of our regular activities.
Overseas Aid is collected monthly and 100% is forwarded to our missionary support in southern Africa – Lifeline Southern Africa. Our leadership regularly travel there to be personally involved in the development programs with local churches. This is a major part of our ministry. We believe that every local church should have some emphasis on the Great Commission’s command to go to ‘the uttermost parts of the earth’. (More details on the website www.hnlc.org.au/lifeline).
We believe in the practice of anonymous giving (Matthew 6:1-4) in order that God may openly bless the sincere giver.
We practice praying consistently for the leaders of our Federal, State and Local Governments and for others wielding influence in the public arena (1 Timothy 2:1-4). We recognize that these people, because of their position of influence, especially need our prayers of support for continued wisdom and moral strength. One day, they too must answer to God for their policies and conduct.
WHAT DO WE STAND FOR?
It has been said that “We now live in a post-christian era in this country”. We agree. As our society slides further into a moral vacuum, our Church stands for the promotion of sound moral values both inside and outside the Church. These values don’t change because they have been given by God, once and for all, for society’s ultimate benefit. We believe that we have a responsibility to speak out and act positively, with wisdom, on the issues that afflict our land. Our lives, conduct and behaviour are as Paul called it, ‘living letters’ for all to plainly read. We therefore endeavour to present by word and lifestyle, the credibility of Jesus’ way of living to those in our neighbourhood at work, school, playgroup sport and over the fence. We also stand for the Church being a mutual aid community where we can carry one another’s burdens both in prayer and practical ways(Galatians 6:10).>