Our congregation is largely ethnic Chinese. However there is a cultural diversity ranging from third generation Australian to those who have newly arrived in Australia. English, Cantonese and Mandarin are used in our church, with English as the common language. Although we are a Chinese Church, we warmly welcome people of all ethnic backgrounds.
While we are Presbyterian in terms of the governing structure and the Reformed doctrine, we extend fellowship to all who accept the Bible as the Word of God and the highest authority for their beliefs and practices.
We are not just a collection of individual or family units participating in some regular activities. We are a community of Christ, and a spiritual family committed to each other, jointly partaking of the Great Commission given by Christ.
The Chinese Presbyterian Church has its roots in the work of the Presbyterian Chinese Mission begun by the Presbyterian Church of NSW in Sydney in the 19th Century.
Since 1884 the work of the Chinese Mission has been based around the streets of Sydney, in premises in Elizabeth and Goulbourn Streets (1884 to 1893), Foster street (1893 to 1910), Campbell street (1910 till 1957) and now Crown street (1957 to Present).
In 2020, the Chinese Presbyterian Church celebrated 127 years of service to the Chinese community. Whilst these days, CPC is only one Chinese church amongst many in Sydney, it has historical significance as the oldest surviving Chinese church in Australia.
Christians are called to be Christ's disciples. The Great Commission given to us by our Lord is to make disciples for Him outwardly to all nations, and internally within his church.
我們承擔着主的大使命, 向外使萬人作主門徒 向內造就信徒成為主的眞門徒。
We believe that the Bible is God’s written Word and is therefore the basis and ultimate authority for what we believe, teach and practise. As Presbyterians, we also affirm the teaching of the Westminster Confession of Faith as a sound expression of what the Bible teaches.
We believe in the ‘Triune’ God – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God in three persons who created all things out of nothing. At first, His creation, including man and woman, was good, without fault or wrong.
However, man and woman disobeyed God. As a result sin entered God’s creation; mankind was alienated from God and relationships with each other and the environment became spoiled.
In His grace and love for us, God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the Cross. There He took upon Himself the punishment for our sins. Dying in our place, so that when we repent of our sins and have faith in Him, we are reconciled to God.
When this happens, God’s Holy Spirit comes to live in us and he gives us the power to live lives which are pleasing to God. The Holy Spirit also helps us to relate more lovingly and harmoniously with each other and with all people.
God raised Jesus from the dead and He returned to heaven to be with the Father. One day He will return to usher in the final judgement and the New Heaven and New Earth. It will also mean the final fulfilment and consummation of all God’s purposes.
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