OUR VISION

“To love God, and reach and influence the world, by building a large, Bible-based contemporary Church, building strong relationships and empowering people to fulfill their destiny in every sphere of life”

OUR PURPOSES

1. TO LOVE GOD

We see a worshipful church full of exuberant praise, thankful people and a desire to bless.

2. TO BUILD STRONG RELATIONSHIPS

We see a happy fun-filled church, full of great friendships built around a unified vision.

3. BIBLE BASED

We see people loving the Word of God, understanding its wisdom and power, and obeying all that Jesus commanded.

4. TO EMPOWER PEOPLE

We see people continually being healed and set free, trained, empowered and released to be all that God has destined them to be.

5. TO INFLUENCE THE WORLD

We see a dynamic church, increasingly influencing the community, the nation and the world.

KEY SCRIPTURES

  • (Mat 22:37-39) Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbour as yourself.”‘
  • (Mat 28:19-20) “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

WHO WE ARE

We are a Jesus loving, Bible Based Church

We love Jesus and the bible and are passionate about seeing the unreached come to know him.

We are a member of Australian Christian Churches

Australian Christian Churches is the largest denomination of Christian Churches in Australia.

Our pastors are ordained and have certified licenses through Australian Christian Churches.

Australian Christian Churches is part of the large Assemblies of God denomination across the world.

acc.org.au

We are a Hillsong Network Church

Our Senior Pastors Rod & Viv Plummer were originally from what is now the Hillsong City Campus in Sydney, and as such we have a close relationship with Hillsong Church.

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We are a partner with the ARC Church Planting Network

The Association of Related Churches based in the USA has a passion to plant Churches in the USA and across the world.

We are partnering together to plant many more Churches across Japan and Asia!

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We are a partner with Joyce Meyer Ministries

Joyce Meyer Ministries is a large supporter of Japan.

We help produce the “Enjoying Everyday Life” TV program which is broadcast every day on national TV and also translate and print many of Joyce Meyer’s Books.

Joyce’s heart is to bless the nation of Japan and so offers these resources for free to many Churches across Japan.

joycemeyer.org

We work alongside Joseph Prince Ministries

We are currently working with Joseph Prince Ministires and New Creation Church to translate their television program into Japanese.

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WHAT WE BELIEVE

Lifehouse is a member of the Australian Christian Churches, the largest pentecostal  movement in Australia with over 1,000 churches and over 280,000 constituents.
Here is our statement of belief, as taken from the ACC website:

acc.org.au/about-us

  • We believe that the Bible is God’s Word. It is accurate, authoritative and applicable to our every day lives.
  • We believe in one eternal God who is the Creator of all things. He exists in three Persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. He is totally loving and completely holy.
  • We believe that sin has separated each of us from God and His purpose for our lives.
  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ as both God and man is the only One who can reconcile us to God. He lived a sinless and exemplary life, died on the cross in our place, and rose again to prove His victory and empower us for life.
  • We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and the ‘new birth’ we must repent of our sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives.
  • We believe that in order to live the holy and fruitful lives that God intends for us, we need to be baptised in water and be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit enables us to use spiritual gifts, including speaking in tongues which is the initial evidence of baptism in the Holy Spirit.
  • We believe that God has individually equipped us so that we can successfully achieve His purpose for our lives which is to worship God, fulfil our role in the Church and serve the community in which we live.
  • We believe that God wants to heal and transform us so that we can live healthy and prosperous lives in order to help others more effectively.
  • We believe that our eternal destination of either Heaven or hell is determined by our response to the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ is coming back again as He promised.

DOCTRINAL BASIS

THE DOCTRINAL BASIS OF THE AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES

(ASSEMBLIES OF GOD IN AUSTRALIA)

The Holy Scriptures, known as the Bible, is the inspired Word of God and our all sufficient rule for faith and practice. These articles of faith of the Australian Christian Churches (formerly Assemblies of God in Australia), grounded in these scriptures, are given as a basis for belief, fellowship and ministry “that we all preach the same thing” (1 Corinthians 1:10). Let it be remembered, however, that this is not given as a summary of the complete revelation of biblical truth, only that it covers our present needs as to these fundamental doctrines.

As taken from the ACC website:

acc.org.au/doctrinal-basis

1. THE ETERNAL GODHEAD
2. THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
3. THE HOLY SPIRIT
4. THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
5. THE DEVIL
6. THE FALL OF MAN
7. THE ATONEMENT
8. SALVATION OF MAN
9. THE CHURCH
10. WATER BAPTISM
11. THE LORD’S SUPPER
12. SANCTIFICATION
13. THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
14. GIFTS
15. DIVINE HEALING
16. THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST
17. THE MILLENNIUM
18. THE PUNISHMENT OF THE WICKED
19. THE NEW HEAVENS AND THE NEW EARTH
20. CREATION

1. THE ETERNAL GODHEAD

We believe in the unity of the true and living God who is the eternal, self-existent one, who has revealed himself as one being in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and who is the Creator and preserver of things visible and invisible.

(Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 86:9-10; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matthew 28.19, Mark 12:29; John 1:1-3).

2. THE LORD JESUS CHRIST

We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the second person of the triune Godhead, who was and is the eternal Son of God; that he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and was born of the virgin Mary.
We believe in his sinless life, miraculous ministry, substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, glorious ascension, and abiding intercession.

(Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 24:39; Acts 1:9; 2:22; 10:38; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 4:8-10; Hebrews 7:25-26; 9:12; 1 Peter 2:22).

3. THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the triune Godhead, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, and is ever present and active in the work of convicting and regenerating the sinner, and sanctifying and guiding the believer into all truth.

(John 14:26; 16:8-11; Romans 8:14; 1 Peter 1:2).

4. THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, namely the Old and New Testaments in their original writings. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is infallible, inerrantly revealing the will of God concerning us all in all things necessary to our salvation, and is absolutely supreme and sufficient in authority in all matters of faith and conduct. The Bible does not simply contain the Word of God, but is, in reality, the complete revelation and very Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that whatever is not contained therein is not to be enjoined as an article of faith.

(Matthew 5:17-18; 24:35; John 4:39; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21).

5. THE DEVIL

We believe in the personality of the devil, who, by his influence, brought about the downfall of man, and now seeks to destroy the faith of every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.

(Genesis 3:1-15; Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13; John 13:2; James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8).

6. THE FALL OF MAN

We believe that man was created by God by specific immediate act and in his image and likeness, morally upright and perfect, but fell by voluntary transgression.

Consequently, all men are separated from original righteousness, being depraved and without spiritual life.

(Genesis 1:26-31; 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).

7. THE ATONEMENT

We believe that God’s answer to man’s sinful state is in the death of his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, on the cross, whose sufferings and shed blood have made full atonement for the sins of the whole world, both original and actual, and that there is no other ground for salvation.

(2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Galatians 1:4; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; Hebrews 9:25-26; 1 Peter 1:19-20).

8. SALVATION OF MAN

We believe that salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This experience is also known as the new birth and is an instantaneous and complete operation of the Holy Spirit whereby the believing sinner is regenerated, justified, and adopted into the family of God and becomes a new creation in Christ Jesus and heir of eternal life.

(Titus 2:11; 3:5-7; 1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 5:1).

9. THE CHURCH

We believe that the church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of its great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and church of the first-born whose names are written in heaven.

(Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).

10. WATER BAPTISM

We believe that baptism, by single immersion, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, is enjoined on all who have repented and have believed in Christ as Saviour and Lord, and that it is symbolic of our identification with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection.

(Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47-48; 2:38-39; Romans 6:4-5; Colossians 2:12).

11. THE LORD’S SUPPER

We believe that the Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements of bread and the fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4); a memorial of his sufferings and death (1 Corinthians 11:26); and a prophecy of his second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “until He comes” (Matthew 26:26-28; Luke 22:15-20; Acts 20:7).

12. SANCTIFICATION

We believe that sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God. We believe it is the glorious provision for every believer in Christ to be made pure in heart and wholly sanctified, through the operation of the Holy Spirit, by the blood of Jesus and the Word of God.

(John 17:15-19; Acts 15:8-9; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; 5:23-24; Hebrews 2:11; 10:16-19).

13. THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is the bestowing of the believer with power to be an effective witness for Christ. This experience is distinct from, and subsequent to, the new birth; is received by faith, and is accompanied by the manifestation of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, as the initial evidence.

(Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-5, 8; 2:1-4; 8:15-19; 11:14-17; 19:1-7).

14. GIFTS

We believe in the present day operation of the nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit, as recorded in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10. We also believe in the ministry gifts of Christ, as recorded in Ephesians 4:11-13.

15. DIVINE HEALING

In accordance with the teachings of the scriptures, we trust our heavenly Father to protect and heal our bodies from sickness and disease. We believe that divine healing for the body, as with all redemptive blessings of God, has been provided for us by the atoning death and victorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ; it is the privilege of all believers and it is appropriated by faith in our heavenly Father’s unfailing promises.

(Exodus 15:26; Psalms 103:3; Isaiah 53:4; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; 1 Peter 2:24; James 5:14-15).

16. THE SECOND COMING OF CHRIST

We believe in the premillennial, imminent and personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ to gather his people to himself. Having this glorious hope and earnest expectation, we purify ourselves, even as he is pure, so that we may be ready to meet him when he comes.

(John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:1; Titus 2:13; James 5:7-8; 1 John 2:28; 3:2-3).

17. THE MILLENNIUM

We believe in the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to set up his millennial reign on this earth.

(Psalm 11; 96:10-13; Daniel 7.22; Zechariah 14:5; Revelation 5:9-10; 20:1-10).

18. THE PUNISHMENT OF THE WICKED

We believe in the everlasting punishment of the wicked (in the sense of eternal torment) who wilfully reject and despise the love of God manifested in the great sacrifice of his only Son on the cross for their salvation.

(Matthew 25:46; 13:49-50; Luke 12:47-48; Romans 6:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; Revelation 20:11-15).

We believe that the devil and his angels and whoever is not found written in the book of life shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

(Revelation 19:20; 20:10-15).

19. THE NEW HEAVENS AND THE NEW EARTH

We believe in the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to set up his millennial reign on this earth.

(Psalm 11; 96:10-13; Daniel 7.22; Zechariah 14:5; Revelation 5:9-10; 20:1-10).

20. CREATION

We believe that the heavens and earth and all original life forms, including humanity, were made by the specific immediate creative acts of God as described in the account of origins presented in Genesis, and that all biological changes which have occurred since creation are limited to variation within each species.