Duncraig Christian Community Church (DCCC) is associated with the Christian Community Churches of Australia
 

DCCC is a self-governing evangelical church which began on February 5, 1984. It maintains an active interdependent association with the Christian Community Churches of Australia, who share a common Christian Brethren heritage. The church began when a group of about twenty Christians met for the first time in the coffee lounge of the Duncraig/Sorrento Recreation Centre. Most of them had been meeting for prayer and study, weekly during 1983. With the encouragement of their parent churches they met to set up a new church in the Duncraig district. Over the following years the Lord blessed the church and gave growth. The coffee lounge having become inadequate, the church moved into the larger meeting room at the recreation centre. In 1998 the church relocated to its current location following the provision of land and God’s constant blessing through the period of building.

The church consists of people who acknowledge their need of God and by faith accept God’s grace, love, and forgiveness, expressed through Christ and his death for us. We come together to worship God because he has made us part of his family. We welcome all who desire to join us in coming to know, worship and serve our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Purpose

We believe that through faith in Christ we are brought into relationship with each other as children of God and given the hope of meaningful life forever with Him. As God’s family we are called to encourage, teach, support, help and serve one another, becoming a loving community of faith and hope. As a community we respond to who God is and what he has done for us by worshipping him and sharing his love with others, thus playing our part in reaching our world for God.

We are called to be:

A faithful, loving, worshipping community of God’s people who together live by the Spirit, to:

ENCOUNTER God,
EMBODY Christ, and
ENGAGE our world with the hope we have in Him.

Core Values

DCCC embraces the following values as those which should mark us as a community of Christ.

Godly Leadership
The church should be led by people with leadership gifts. 

We believe that to be a healthy church, good servant leadership is required. Such leaders are gifted by God, have a heart for people, a passion for God and his word and a vision for the church and this world.

Embracing Gifts of all

The church grows as each use their gifts to serve others. 

We believe that the church is a body and only functions and grows effectively when all members serve in their area of gift in an attitude of interdependence. We also believe that it is the responsibility of the church to equip, empower and release each member into effective service for God.

Christ is central

Christ is central to history, life and the church. 

All of history is focused on Christ and finds its meaning in Him, his Lordship and his work. The church is called to continue the work of Christ through his continued presence with us by the Spirit. Therefore the church like Christ is called to a sacrificial work of dying to self to exalt others and bring them into a relationship with God. The church does not exist for itself but ultimately to glorify God through the giving of itself for the world and its dependence on God by the work of the Spirit in us.

Life of Grace

We are called to live grace filled, humble lives of integrity before our God. 

We exist only because of and in God’s grace. As a church and as individuals we claim no rights, power, or control, but seek to serve God as Christ did – in humility with a servant heart, extending grace to each other and to the world. This includes a life of worshipful response to God of: devotion, learning, godly character, honesty, stewardship, service, love, prayer and praise.

Loving Community

Community nurtures us and reflects Christ. 

We believe in the importance of being a loving community that reflects Christ to the world. We also believe that church community provides the best environment for personal growth and care, and effective team ministry.

Worshipful

Worship is our daily response to God for who he is and what he has done. 

We believe that God is the God of the big picture, moving us from creation to heaven through what he has done in history through Christ. By having an understanding of our place in his big picture, by remembering what he has already done in the past (through the taking of the Lord’s Supper), by acknowledging his presence with us today, and by anticipating what is to come, we can respond to him in worship through offering our: thanksgiving, praise, service, humility, prayer, reverence, awe, excellence, and creativity – our very lives.

Prayerful

Prayer is an encounter with God which touches, unifies and transforms us. 

Prayer is essential to all that we are and do. It is the way in which we express our dependence on God, bring our praise and thanksgiving to God, the way we can discern his will and bring our requests to Him. As we communicate with God and seek his will we find his heart together and are conformed to it. Prayer changes us. We need to live with a constant attitude of prayer, walking with God as if he were there – which he is.

Teaching

Teaching transforms by the work of the Spirit. 

We believe in the primacy of Christ centred teaching and preaching, in its many contexts, to be the means through which the power of the Spirit, proclaims Christ to the world, transforms our lives to become like Christ, and prepares the church for service. We believe all are called to a life of spiritual growth through: personal study of God’s word, community interaction, mentoring and discipleship.

Evangelistic

We have the urgent responsibility to share the hope of the gospel with the world.

The church is God’s instrument to reflect his love and message of hope to this hurting and broken world. This is accomplished by having a social and spiritual concern for the unsaved expressed through personal and church outreach and church planting.

Statement of Faith

We believe in:

  1. The Divine inspiration and inerrancy in the original language of the Old and New Testament Scriptures and their supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
  2. One God eternally existing in Three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  3. The sovereignty of God in creation, providence, revelation, grace, redemption and final judgment.
  4. The creation of man and woman in the image of God; the universal sinfulness and guilt of all since the fall rendering all subject to God’s wrath and condemnation, and in need of salvation from sin.
  5. The full deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, his virgin birth and perfect humanity, his substitutionary death, his bodily resurrection from the dead and his ascension to the right hand of God the Father, his presence there on our behalf and his future personal return in glory.
  6. The personality and full deity of the Holy Spirit and his work in regeneration, indwelling and in sanctification and that he energises and empowers for godly living and for spiritual service and that the believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit from the moment of faith in Christ and is also privileged and commanded to be filled with the Spirit.
  7. The divine provision of salvation; the justification and eternal security of all who receive Christ by faith; the redemption from the guilt, the penalty and the power of sin solely through the sacrificial death, as our representative and substitute, of the Lord Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.
  8. That all believers at this present time are members of the Body of Christ, the Church, being baptised by the Holy Spirit into his body the moment of faith in Christ.
  9. The gifts of the Spirit are given to assist in the service and building up of the church. The possession of any of the gifts of the Spirit is not a sign of the spirituality of the individual or fellowship; this is indicated by the presence and growth of the fruit of the Spirit. The giving or withholding of any gifts of the Spirit at any time to any individual or church is the sovereign decision of the Head of the Church, the Lord Jesus Christ.
  10. The evangelisation of the whole world as the urgent responsibility of the church.
  11. The eternal consciousness of the soul, the bodily resurrection of the saved and the unsaved, the everlasting fellow­ship and joy of the saved and the everlasting punishment of the lost.

 

Statement of Practice

We believe in:

  1. The observance of Believer’s baptism by immersion, on personal confession of faith.
  2. The participation in Communion by all believers in remembrance of Christ.
  3. The gathering for worship, prayer, teaching, fellowship and proclamation of the gospel under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
  4. The opportunity for the exercising of all true gifts of the Spirit for the edification of the church, subject to the Lordship of Christ.
  5. The government of the church by a group of Elders assisted by a group of deacons or Ministry Leaders.