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The Free Presbyterian Church Of Australia
Classification Protestant
Orientation Reformed
Origin 1978
Port Lincoln, South Australia
Congregations 4

The Free Presbyterian Church Of Australia is a Presbyterian denomination which currently consists of four congregations in fellowship with the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster. There are congregations in Port Lincoln, Perth, Lock and Tasmania.

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History

The Free Presbyterian Church began in Port Lincoln under the ministry of Rev. Fred Buick on Jan 1, 1978 in the home of Mrs. Elizabeth Feltus. Morning services were held each Sunday at Port Lincoln and the blessing of God was known at those meetings.

Under the ministry of Rev Buick and the subsequent lengthy ministry of Rev Michael Patrick, the work in the city continued to prosper. A permanent church building for the congregation was found and purchased.

On the Lord’s day the congregation now met twice for worship. A weekly bible study and prayer meeting was established. And a thriving Friday night youth work which today reaches up to 80 young people each week was started.

The current minister, the Rev. Ian Hall recognises that he enters into the labours of those who gone before him and heartily acknowledges their work. Above all, however, he along with the congregation looks back with much thanksgiving to God for what He has done and says with them “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us”.

In time the work extended northward to the small bush town of Lock. Then the church launched a congregation in Perth which has thrived from its inception. This year to house its ever growing congregation the church in Perth will open a new 400 seater auditorium along with extensive facilities for youth work.

In Tasmania a healthy congregation of upwards of 100 people worship every Lord's Day.

Doctrine

The church is Presbyterian in doctrine and government, though it departs from the usual Presbyterian policy by recognising that baptism is variously understood by good men equally committed to Scripture.

It is unashamedly Protestant in its faith, gladly identifying with the great Protestant reformation. In theology the church is reformed. It stands in the tradition of Calvin, Knox, the Puritans and many great revival preachers.

The church is evangelistic. It has a burden for the salvation of sinners and a desire to obey Christ’s call to “preach the gospel to every creature”.

Moreover it believes in the power of prayer. Emphasis is placed upon the necessity of effectual prayer in the life of the individual and church.

See also

External links

  • [1]Port Lincoln Congregational Website
  • [2] Personal Weblog of Rev. Ian Hall
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