About Us

The Eastern Downs Church of Christ officially launched in April 2008 though several families had been meeting together for several months prior. The congregation was started to share Christ and His love with people across the Darling Downs region of Southeast Queensland and to create a place for worship and service.

What We Believe

We believe the Bible is God's inspired Word and was given to man to show us how to obey God and how to live in this world. We believe that the Bible is completely accurate and reliable, was written under direct inspiration from God, and is authoritative for all Christians. (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:19-21)

There is one true God, the Creator of the universe (Genesis 1:1), who eternally exists in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19; John 1:1,14; John 14:26; 1 Peter 1:2). Since God created everything (including man) He has the right to determine how man will relate to Him.

For a more detailed study on God the Father see Lesson 1 in Fundamentals of the Christian Faith.

Jesus is God's only begotten Son, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, voluntarily died on the cross for our sins, and was bodily raised from the dead. He ascended into heaven and now sits at the right hand of the Father and acts as an intermediary on our behalf. One day Jesus will return to earth to reward those who have obeyed him and punish those who have rejected him. (Matthew 1:22, 23; John 1:1-18; Acts 2:22-41; Acts 10:37-43; 1 Corinthians 15:3,4; Ephesians 2:4-8; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:15-21; Hebrews 1:1-3).

Jesus the Son is discussed more in depth in Lesson 2 in Fundamentals of the Christian Faith.

The Holy Spirit inspired those men who penned the Bible so that the words of the Bible are true and accurate (2 Peter 1:21). All believers are given the gift of the Holy Spirit at conversion, and through the Holy Spirit's presence and power are enabled to attain spiritual maturity in Christ (Acts 2:38; John 14:16,17; John 16:7-13; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 29; Ephesians 3:16-20; Ephesians 5:18; Romans 8:11).

A study of the Holy Sprit is available in Fundamentals of the Christian Faith Lesson 3.

Man was created by God and is meant to bring honour and glory to God. Originally created for that purpose, humans rebelled against God and continue to do so, choosing to go their own independent way. This disobedience is called sin and sin separates a person from God.

For a more detailed study of the problem of sin see Lesson 1 in our Coming to Christ series.

A person can be forgiven of their sin by God and have their relationship to Jesus restored by:

  1. Hearing the Word of God -- Romans 10:17
  2. Believing (Having faith that Jesus is God's Son) -- Mark 16:16
  3. Repenting (turing away from Sin) -- Acts 17:30
  4. Confessing Faith in Christ -- Romans 10:8-13
  5. Being Baptised (Immersed) into Christ -- Acts 2:38; Romans 6:3-6

For a more detailed study on Faith see Lesson 2 in our Coming to Christ series.

A study on Repentance is available in our Coming to Christ series Lesson 3.

Lesson 4 in our Coming to Christ series covers the topic of Confession.

The final lesson in our Coming to Christ Series is Lesson 5 and covers the topic of Baptism. Another study is available in the Fundamentals of the Christian Faith series Lesson 6.

It is the desire of God that every person enjoy fellowship with Him (2 Peter 3:9). He loved the world so much that He gave His only Son to pay the price for our sin (John 3:16-17). He gives us the free-will to accept Him or reject Him.

The Bible teaches that every person will live forever after they die. Furthermore every person chooses their eternal destiny by their acceptance and obedience to Jesus or their rejection of Him.

Those who have accepted and obeyed Jesus will be resurrected to a new life in heaven (Revelation 20-22). Those who refuse to accept and obey Jesus will spend an eternity in Hell separated from God (Revelation 20:15).

It is the desire of God that every person enjoy fellowship with Him (2 Peter 3:9). He loved the world so much that He gave His only Son to pay the price for our sin (John 3:16-17). He gives us the free-will to accept Him or reject Him.

The church is made up of all those who have obeyed the Gospel message (Acts 2:41). We do not serve God in isolation, but as Christians we form a unit known as the church.

The church belongs to Christ since it was purchased by his blood (Matthew 16:18) and He loves the church (Ephesians 5:25).

For a more detailed study on the church see Lesson 8 and Lesson 9 in the Fundamentals of the Christian Faith series.

As a church, each Sunday we gather to study the Bible, fellowship with one another, participate in the Lord's Supper, and pray.

Why House Churches

The Eastern Downs Church of Christ was launched officially in April 2008 though some families had been meeting for several months prior to this. Initially, we met in homes because we were small, it was convenient, there was no cost involved, and it met the needs of the group.

From the inception of the church we believed there was merit in developing house churches and the people in our church love this format. There are a number of reasons we believe that house churches are a viable way for the church to exist in Australia in the 21st century.

We do not believe that house churches are the only way to meet (or even necessarily best in all situations) and as we work to begin churches in other communities in coming months and years it is almost certain that we will use community centres or public halls in some locations.

Below you will find some of the reasons why we believe meeting in homes is a good choice for us.

For the first three hundred years nearly all churches met in homes. In the New Testament a number of passages speak about such churches (Romans 16:5; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Colossians 4:15; Philemon 2.)

While these passages do not say that churches should only meet in houses, they do show that the home was the common place where Christians met in New Testament times. Certainly today, a house continues to be an acceptable place to gather.

In many parts of the world, houses are the most common place to meet. Even in our country, a growing percentage of new churches are meeting in homes. This parallels the experience of the first churches found in the New Testament.

In many churches there are great expenses in buildings and the upkeep of property. In house churches costs are much lower. We still have some expenses for ministry personnel, printing, and supplies, but we have a greater proportion available to use on missions and benevolent needs.

Years ago, land and buildings were not as expensive as today. In our current environment, it would take a minimum of several hundred thousand dollars to construct a modest church building. This is not financially practical for us to consider.

Church buildings require regular maintenance. Every week someone must clean the building and more extensive scrubbing is needed from time to time. Buildings also require painting and repairs of all sorts on a continuing basis. The grounds must be mowed and gardens require time and expenditure. Churches find it difficult to find the number of people required to volunteer their time for the necessary jobs around the building. This is especially true with the hectic schedules most have today.

Though many gladly donate their time and efforts to keep buildings and grounds tidy and attractive, those hours are not available to invest in other efforts.

The small numbers present in a house group mean that everyone is able to participate in the meetings. We want everyone to grow in their faith so we encourage people to ask questions, seek advise, and contribute their thoughts.

Meeting in large numbers in church buildings usually means that the entire gathering is directed from the front and a relative few people will participate in any way other than during the song service, the Lord’s Supper, and perhaps the offering.

We encourage people to share their prayer requests along with the joys and challenges in their lives. We work to develop authentic relationships where each member really knows the others.

Typically in our Sunday morning gatherings we share in light refreshment after our meeting. This gives us the time to really share our lives together.

Our goal is to reproduce and multiply house churches across the Darling Downs. The first house church officially launched in April 2008, a second group began in January 2009. To keep the groups connected, we have at least one monthly meeting all together.

Within our congregation, every member is being equipped and encouraged to share their faith with their friends, neighbours, and family. We hope to see dozens of these house churches established in the coming years. We believe this will be an effective method of sharing our faith.

As stated at the beginning of this article, we do not believe that house churches are the only way to meet. In fact, our next planting effort may take place in a community centre or hall. Even if this is the case, we believe it is important to have times where people share with each other in their homes. We want to have authentic fellowship with each other and we want every member to participate in the work of the church.


About EDCOC

The Eastern Downs Church of Christ is an independent non-denominational church that is a part of a fellowship of Churches of Christ and Christian Churches that number in the hundreds of thousands with millions of members around the globe. We maintain the Bible as our only rule of faith and practice and we attempt to pattern ourselves after the church described in the New Testament.

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