Cnr. Cranbourne & Warrandyte roads,
Phone: (03) 8712-8188
About Us: Christian Reformed Church of Langwarrin
The Christian Reformed Church of Langwarrin is part of approximately 55 Churches that make up the Christian Reformed Churches of Australia. This is a denomination made up of groups of believers who love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ. We confess that by nature we are sinners, but through the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross, we have been made sons and daughters of the living God. Therefore we respond to the love of our God with lives of thanksgiving and gratitude.
The Christian Reformed Churches have their roots in the Protestant Reformation of the 16th century. This was a time when the light of the gospel was rediscovered by people like Luther and Calvin. They rediscovered that peace with God could not be gained through men’s efforts. They rediscovered that God doesn’t help those who help themselves. They rediscovered that God helps the helpless. He sent Jesus to live, and die, and rise from the grave so that helpless sinners could have peace with God and life eternal. We are unique in the sense that we are a confessional church. We confess specific things about who God is, what he has done, who we are, and why we exist. These confessions, or beliefs come from the Word of God. They are summarised in the following creeds and confessions:
- Apostles Creed
- Nicene Creed
- Athanasian Creed
- The Belgic Confession
- The Canons of Dort
- The Westminster Confession
The Christian Reformed Church of Australia maintains close contact with the Presbyterian Church of Australia, the Reformed Presbyterian Church, and the Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia.
The Christian Reformed Church of Australia has ecumenical relationships with the following Churches:
• Reformed Prebyterian Church (RPC)
• Presbyterian Church of Eastern Australia (PCEA)
• Reformed Churches of New Zealand (RCNZ)
• Christian Reformed Church in The Phillippines (CRCP)
• Christian Reformed Church of Sri Lanka
• Christelijke Gereformeerde Kerken in Nederland (CGKN)
• Nederlands Gereformeerde Kerken (NGK)
• Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC)
• Gereformeerde Kerk of South Africa (GKSA)
• Nederduitsch Gereformeerde Kerk of South Africa (NGKSA)
• Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk of South Africa (NHKSA)
What We Believe: What It Means to Be a Christian
Being a Christian is more than identifying yourself with a particular religion or affirming a certain value system. Being a Christian means you have embraced what the Bible says about God, mankind, and salvation. Consider the following truths found in Scripture.
God Is Sovereign Creator
Contemporary thinking says man is the product of evolution. But the Bible says we were created by a personal God to love, serve, and enjoy endless fellowship with Him. The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16). Therefore, He also owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship.
God Is Holy
God is absolutely and perfectly holy (Isaiah 6:3), therefore He cannot commit or approve of evil (James 1:13). God requires holiness of us as well. First Peter 1:16 says, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”
Mankind Is Sinful
According to Scripture, everyone is guilty of sin: “There is no man who does not sin” (1 Kings 8:46). That doesn’t mean we’re incapable of performing acts of human kindness. But we’re utterly incapable of understanding, loving, or pleasing God on our own (Romans 3:10-12).
Sin Demands a Penalty
God’s holiness and justice demand that all sin be punished by death (Ezekiel 18:4). That’s why simply changing our patterns of behavior can’t solve our sin problem or eliminate its consequences.
Jesus Is Lord and Saviour
The New Testament reveals it was Jesus Himself who created everything (Colossians 1:16). Therefore He owns and rules everything (Psalm 103:19). That means He has authority over our lives and we owe Him absolute allegiance, obedience, and worship. Romans 10:9 says, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.” Even though God’s justice demands death for sin, His love has provided a Saviour who paid the penalty and died for sinners (1 Peter 3:18). Christ’s death satisfied the demands of God’s holiness (2 Corinthians 5:21), thereby enabling Him to forgive and save those who place their faith in Him (Romans 3:26).
The Character of Saving Faith
True faith is always accompanied by repentance from sin. Repentance is agreeing with God that you are sinful, confessing your sins to Him, and making a conscious choice to turn from sin (Luke 13:3, 5; 1 Thessalonians 1:9) and pursue Christ (Matthew 11:28-30; John 17:3) and obedience to Him (1 John 2:3). It isn’t enough to believe certain facts about Christ. Even Satan and his demons believe in the true God (James 2:19), but they don’t love and obey Him. True saving faith always responds in obedience (Ephesians 2:10).
So what now?
If you would like more information about what it means to be a Christian, please feel free to contact us.