Southside is a ‘down to earth’ church of real people, young, old and in-between, families, singles, from different nations, connecting like family, under Jesus. We’re enthusiastic about worship, the Word of God and mission – that’s the ‘heartbeat’ of our church.
what we believe
THE GOOD NEWS
The Bible contains it! We are separated from God by sin. By our own efforts, we can’t bridge the gap. Only Jesus, God and Man, was able to be our sinless substitute at the Cross, paying the price for our sin, bridging the gap of separation between us and God.
Jesus welcomes whoever comes to Him and offers them a new life that will never end. We each need to confess all sin to God, ask His forgiveness, turn from all sin and ask Jesus to become our personal Lord and Saviour. This is the beginning of a new life as a child of God. The Bible says "if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation, the old has passed away, the new has come".
STATEMENT OF FAITH
The unity of the Godhead comprising the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – John 1:1-14; Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Genesis 1:26; Titus 2:13; Acts 5:3,4; Hebrews 1:8.
The Holy Scriptures – their inspiration, infallibility and unquestionable authority – 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21.
The Lord Jesus Christ - His eternal co-existence with the Father and with the Spirit – John 1:1; Hebrews 13:8; Hebrews 1:8; 2 Corinthians 13:14.
His virgin birth – Luke 1:27-33; Isaiah 7:14
His sinless life – 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:22
His death in our place – Hebrews 2:9; Hebrews 10:5,10,12; 2 Corinthians 5:21
His resurrection – 1 Corinthians 15:20; Romans 4:25; Colossians 1:18
His ascension and continual intercession – John 3:13; Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25
His second coming – 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Matthew 16:27; Matthew 24:30
His reign upon earth – Zechariah 14:4,9 Revelation 20:4
The corruption of human nature – the necessity of repentance, new birth and the eternal doom of those who refuse to repent – Psalm 51:5; Ephesians 2:1-3; Romans 5:12; Acts 2:38, 3:19; Titus 3:5; Revelation 20:11-15; Jude 7.
The believer is acquitted of sin’s penalty, cleansed and separated to God through the finished work of Christ – Romans 3:21,22; Romans 5:18; Hebrews 2:10,11; Hebrews 13:12.
That those who trust in Jesus as their Lord and Saviour are called to live a transformed life Romans 12:1-2; 2 Cor.5:17; 1 Thes.5:22 and as such have the responsibility to:
Encourage other Christians through meeting together for worship and fellowship John 4:23; Acts 2:46; Heb.10:25.
Uphold the moral directives and ethical values contained in the Bible
as expressed within the context of our personal life, and our married life (the covenantal relationship of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others) Gen 2:24; Heb.13:4; Eph.5:25-31, and our relationship with others.
Share the Good News to all the world Matt.28:18-20;Mark 16:15-18; Acts 1:8.
Be active in expressing God’s love through social justice Ex.22:22; Psalm 68:5; Is.58:6,7; James 1:27; 1 John 3:17.
The practice of Baptism by immersion and of the Lord’s Supper – Acts 2:38; Matthew 3:13-15; Mark 16:16; Romans 6:4; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; John 6:47-58.
The Baptism with the Holy Spirit for believers, after the pattern of the following Scriptures– Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; Acts 2; Acts 8:14-17; Acts 10:34-48; Acts 19:6; Mark 16:17, 18.
The nine gifts of the Holy Spirit for edifying, exhorting and comforting the church, the body of Christ - 1 Corinthians 12-14.
Recognition of the specific ministries and functions of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, Teachers, Elders and Deacons – Ephesians 4:11; Acts 14:23; Acts 6:1-8; Acts 15:22; Acts 16:4; 1 Timothy 3:1-10; 1 Timothy 5:17, 18.
The privilege of responsible giving in tithes and offerings – Genesis 14:20; Malachi 3:8-10; 1 Corinthians 16:2; 2 Corinthians 9:6,7; Hebrews 7:4-6.
The essential spiritual unity of the universal church, regardless of organisational affiliation – Gal 3:26-28;1 Cor 12:18-20.
The involvement of every believer in the life and outreach of the church under scriptural leadership – Psalm 100:2-4; Acts 2:46,47; Acts 12:5-18; 1 Corinthians 16:1-3; 2 Corinthians 8:1-14; Hebrews 10:25; Hebrews 13:17.
Healing as an integral part of the atoning work of Christ – Numbers 21:9; John 3:14; Isaiah 53:4,5; Matthew 8:16,17; 1 Peter 2:24,25; Mark 16:17,18; James 5:14,15; 1 John 3:8.
We began Sunday afternoons in a local pub in 1974, as a ‘Spirit-filled’ teaching ministry. By 1979 we’d become a local church, meeting at Gymea High School. From 1981 we met in the old Miranda picture theatre and from 1988 in a converted factory at 175 Pt Hacking Road, Miranda. Since early 1980s we’ve been actively involved in world missions, partnering with indigenous leaders in planting many churches in Asia, India, Africa.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why lift our hands when we worship?
“Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord” (Psalm 134:2); “Therefore I desire that men (people) pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting” (1 Timothy 2:8)
Why clap our hands when we worship?
“Oh, clap your hands all you peoples….” (Psalm 47:1)
Why do we stand up to sing?
“After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples and tongues, standing before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!’” (Revelation 7:9-10)
Why praise God ‘out loud’?
“...shout to God with the voice of triumph!” (Psalm 47:1); “What is the result then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding, I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding” (1 Corinthians 14:15)
Why do we have this sort of worship?
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:23-24)
Why do we sometimes sing in tongues and in English?
“For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is the result then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding, I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding” (1 Corinthians 14:14-15)
“But he (she) who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men (people)” (1 Corinthians 14:3); “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all….to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy”. (1 Corinthians 12:7,10).
Why does the whole church pray at once sometimes?
“So when they heard that, they raised their voice to God with one accord and said ‘Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them’” (Acts 4:24)
Why is a band a part of our worship?
“Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; praise Him with high sounding cymbals” (Psalm 150:3-4)
Why is there speaking with tongues and interpretation in the church?
“If anyone speaks in a tongue, let there be two or at the most three, each in turn, and let one interpret” (1 Corinthians 14:27)
Why do we sing hymns as well as other sorts of songs?
“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)