The Lakes Church began meeting as a church in 1969. We have previously been known as Cairns Church of Christ, and until recently as Centenary Lakes Christian Community. We have always been affiliated with Churches of Christ in Queensland.
Churches of Christ
Churches of Christ are a group of churches that grew in the early 19th Century out of a desire to restore the church to the practices and principles of the New Testament Church.
Although Churches of Christ have a national and state wide supportive conference structure, we as a community are autonomous. Churches of Christ across Australia share a commonality in belief and Christian practice, however, we are free to express our relationship with Christ, his church and the world around us in ways appropriate to our local situation.
These values reveal who God has shaped us to be, and also serve as guideposts that continually call us back to God’s heart for us as a community.
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.
God alone is worthy of our worship, adoration, devotion and service. He is the source of all life and our sustainer in everything. We are a community led by God, aware of our complete dependence on him to work in us and through us. We desire to have a growing and deepening intimacy with God, seeking him first in every situation.
God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.
In God’s family we find our ultimate place of belonging and acceptance. Grace is the lifeblood of our community, restoring our relationship with God and with each other. We leave room for people to journey at God’s pace, recognising that he interacts with each of us uniquely. We seek to be a safe place to find God for the first time, to reconnect with him or to experience his healing from the hurts of life.
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
Jesus Christ is the centre of our faith and the basis of our unity. Our Churches of Christ foundations lead us to pursue unity based in Christ alone, and to build his Kingdom together. We look for ways to connect and celebrate our oneness in Christ, while working to overcome barriers to unity within our church and with other churches.
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed
into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18
Becoming like Jesus is an ongoing process of discipleship throughout life. From kids through to seniors we believe that God has a special purpose for each of us, and for all of us together. We are like a large extended family, celebrating every age, stage and culture and benefiting from experiencing one another’s faith.
I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
The Holy Spirit leads and empowers us to become all that God has created us to be. Alongside our ministry together, we each desire to see the love of God released in our homes, schools, work places, sporting clubs and neighbourhoods. The impact of God at work is told in countless stories as we each walk in the freedom of seeking and following the Spirit every day.
You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
We desire to have an expanding heart for our region and our world; going wherever the Spirit leads and partnering with others along the way. The love of God leads us to act in bringing hope to the hopeless, food to the hungry, justice for the oppressed and care for the hurting in Jesus’ name. We see God shaping our church like a network of lakes and rivers, spreading throughout our region and seeing the Kingdom of God come on earth as it is in heaven.
What We Believe
At The Lakes Church we emphasise what we have in common. We seek to operate by the familiar Churches of Christ saying, “In essentials, unity. In non-essentials, freedom. In all things, love” (Ephesians 4:1-7, John 13:35). Many of us have differing views on how we are to worship, practice the gifts of the Holy Spirit, understand Christ’s return and so on. It is important that these opinions do not divide us. The following points are the essentials of our faith:
God has always existed as three persons; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is the creator and sustainer of all things. (Genesis 1:1, Matthew 28:19)
As Father, God is absolutely loving and completely holy. He chose to adopt us as his children through Jesus. (1 Peter 1:15-16, 1 John 3:1, Ephesians 1:3-5)
Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He was born of the Virgin Mary, lived a sinless life, was crucified and died on a cross, rose again to new life after three days and later ascended to heaven. Jesus is fully man and fully God. (Philippians 2:6-11)
The Holy Spirit lives within each Christian to guide, comfort and teach us. As we walk in step with the Spirit, he enables us to live out God’s will for our lives and empowers us with spiritual gifts to build up the church and God’s Kingdom. We believe that all of the gifts expressed in the New Testament are for today. (John 16:13-15, Galatians 5:16-26, 1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
The Bible is the Word of God for all people at all times and is essential, authoritative and applicable for our church community. We believe God’s Word to be without error, however we understand that human influence and interpretation will occasionally produce different conclusions on some matters. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
All people are tainted by sin, and reliant on God’s forgiveness to be restored into right relationship with him. Jesus made this possible as he defeated the power of sin and death through his life, death and resurrection. Salvation, forgiveness and relationship with God come only through Jesus Christ as we repent from sin and accept him as Lord and Saviour. Our eternal destination is determined by our response to Jesus, as he will return to judge both the living and the dead. (Galatians 5:6-11, John 3:16-18, Revelation 1:7-8)
We practice baptism and communion to celebrate what God has done for us. Whilst we recognise that there are many forms of baptism in the Christian church, we teach and encourage baptism of believers by immersion. We share the bread and cup in communion as a participation in the death and resurrection of Christ. (Romans 6:1-4, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
The call of God’s word to ‘love each other deeply from the heart’ guides how we treat each other. We encourage and expect followers of Jesus to become like him in their attitudes and behaviour, but this must be worked out in an environment of grace. We allow people to grow at God’s pace, not ours, as his Word and his Spirit bring conviction and power to grow. (1 Peter 4:8, Ephesians 2:8-9, Colossians 3:12-17)
Commitment to God is far more than commitment to the local church, however we believe that being in community at The Lakes Church means getting involved by praying, supporting, giving, encouraging and serving as God leads. Every person in the church community should actively minister by gifts and calling. We submit to our appointed leadership and to each other in the church community by mutual accountability. (Hebrews 10:23-24, Ephesians 4:11-13, 5:21)
We hope this gives you a little more insight into who we are as a church.
Should you wish to find out more about how you can get connected into The Lakes Church, please contact us.