Who we are:
King's Covenant is a reformed evangelical church in the Huon Valley, Tasmania. Our mission is summed up by the phrase “All of Christ for all of life.”
Under the grace of God, we hope that the Huon Valley will become a place where Christ’s Kingship is acknowledged and consequently peace, liberty and prosperity abounds.
The foundation for this transformation flows from worship where
we approach the uncreated Creator God in a way that pleases Him first and foremost and are therefore guided and informed by Scripture.
the authority of Scripture is upheld as the inerrant and infallible Word of God
the good news of Christ as Saviour and King is preached and impacts all of life
The only hope for peace and prosperity in our valley, our state, our nation is the Word of God and the affirmation of the cultural values that flow from it.
What we believe:
As reformational evangelicals, Kings Covenant Church seeks to display our unity in truth with other faithful believers, not only in the present, but also with the historic Christian church throughout the centuries. We are in essential agreement with the historic confessions of the Reformation, including the Synod of Dordt, the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism (together known as the Three Forms of Unity), the Westminster Confession of Faith of 1646.
THE TRIUNE MAJESTY
The Triune God is the one uncreated Creator of all things that exist; between the Creator and His creation is a fundamental divide. This one God is eternally existent in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. His Majesty is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient, and limited by nothing other than His own nature and character. He is holy, righteous, good, stern, loving, and full of mercy.
The sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God, inerrant in all they affirm. The Word has divine authority in everything it addresses, and it addresses everything. In no way should the Scriptures be brought to the judgment seat of human reason; rather, we must rationally and submissively study the Word granted to us.
In the beginning, God created the material universe from nothing. He spoke, and by the Word of His power, it was. Our science on the nature and time of this event must be determined in full submission to the Word of God.
Our first father Adam was our federal head and representative. He was created innocent, but through his rebellion against the express Word of God, plunged himself and his entire posterity, represented in him, into the hopelessness of death in sin. This sin is lawlessness—an attempt to live apart from the Law and Word of God. Since that first great apostasy, no descendant of Adam has escaped from the death of lawlessness apart from efficacious grace.
THE INCARNATE CHRIST
The Lord Jesus Christ is, according to the flesh, a descendant of David, and sits on David’s throne. He is, at the same time, God enfleshed. He is one individual with two natures—fully man and fully God. As a man, He is our elder brother and High Priest before God, representing us to God the Father. As God, He is the visible image of the invisible Father, representing God to us.
Because all sons of Adam are spiritually dead, they are consequently incapable of saving themselves. But out of His sovereign mercy, God the Father elected a countless number to eternal salvation, leaving the remainder to their sinful desires. When the time was right, the Lord Jesus Christ died on the cross and was raised to life as an efficacious redemption for the elect. Thus He secured the salvation of His church, for which He laid down His life. And at the point of each individual’s conversion, the Holy Spirit brings resurrecting grace, effectually calling him by His power, with the result of repentance and faith.
The grace of God in the gospel does not set aside the law of God; rather, it establishes it. To the one who believes, the law of God is precious, and through faith the law is established. The law stands as God’s testimony of His own righteous character; as such, it cannot be altered by anything other than God’s express Word. Consequently, we receive the entire Bible, Old and New Testaments, as fully containing the will of God for us. To all who do not believe, the law of God condemns them in self- righteousness.
When God is pleased to bless the proclamation of His gospel, the result will always be a visible collection of saints bound in covenant to Him. They will be characterized through their assembly around the preached Word, their faithful administration of baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and their orderly and disciplined government according to the Word of God.
As believers present the gospel to those who remain in rebellious unbelief, there must be no halfway compromise with that unbelief. The ground and precondition for all creaturely ventures is the Word of God, which necessarily includes our teaching, apologetics, and evangelism. Every thought is to be made captive to the Lord Christ, and every tongue is to glorify the Father.
As the gospel of Christ is proclaimed throughout the world, the result will be the gradual transformation and salvation of the world. Prior to Christ’s return, the earth will be as full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea, and the whole earth will be full of His glory.
OUR CREEDS AND CONFESSIONS
The Apostles' Creed
A Summary of the teachings of the Apostles, this creed is probably the earliest of the main Christian creeds, its earliest form dates from c.215.
and born of the virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
he descended to hell.
The third day he rose again from the dead.
He ascended to heaven
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty. From there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
the holy catholic* church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
The Nicene Creed
this creed was originally formulated in 325 at the council of Nicea. At the time the church was struggling with the Arian heresy, which denied that Christ was truly God, but rather that he was a created being. The creed was formulated to repudiate Arianism and clearly states that Christ is eternal and part of the trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Chalcedon Creed
The Athanasian Creed
The 39 Articles of Religion
The articles were not intended as a complete statement of the Christian faith, but of the position of the Church of England vis-a-vis the Roman Catholic Church and dissident Protestants. The articles also argue against some Anabaptist positions such as the holding of goods in common, and the necessity of believers' baptism. The articles were established by Convocation of the Church in 1563, under the direction of the Archbishop of Canterbury, who used the Forty-two Articles of Thomas Cranmer as inspiration.
The Belgic Confession
During the sixteenth century the churches in this country were exposed to the most terrible persecution by the Roman Catholic government. Guido de Bräs prepared this confession in the year 1561 to protest against this cruel oppression, and to prove to the persecutors that the adherents of the Reformed faith were not rebels, as was laid to their charge, but law-abiding citizens who professed the true Christian doctrine according to the Holy Scriptures,
The Heidelberg Catechism
First published in Heidelberg, the capitol of a German territory called the Palatinate in 1563, the Heidelberg Catechism has been used by Christians around the world ever since. The Catechism summarizes the major teachings of Holy Scripture in one hundred and twenty-nine memorable questions and answers, divided across 52 Lord's Day lessons. Its two main authors, Zacharius Ursinus and Caspar Olevianus, worked closly on it with theological professors, church superintendents, and church leaders, both ordained pastors and laymen over number of years.
The Canons of Dordt
The Synod of Dordt was held in the city of Dordrecht in 1618-19 in order to settle a serious controversy in the Dutch churches initiated by the rise of Arminianism.
The Westminster Confession
The Westminster Confession of Faith was produced by the Westminster Assembly, which was called together in 1643, and met regularly in Westminster Abbey, completing the confession in 1646. It draws heavily upon the Reformed tradition of the European continent and the creedal heritage of the early Christian Church.
Our various creeds and confessions express an important part of who we are as a church. We confess and believe together with our fathers in the faith, and our brothers throughout the world. We are baptised into their company as members of the same body, the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with them we eat of a common loaf and drink from a common cup. Their creed is our creed, even as their life is our life—one Lord, one faith, and one baptism.
The elders of King’s Covenant Church therefore subscribe to these creeds and confessions, holding them to be a faithful witness to what the Scriptures teach, and as a means of identifying with the broader Church.
Our pulpit is currently vacant, for more information please contact an Elder:
Phone: 0488 023 628
OUR POSITIONAL PAPERS
CREC Statement on Religious Exemption to Mandatory Medical Procedures
Rev. Dave Hatcher — Presiding Minister of Anselm Presbytery
Rev. Rob Hadding — Presiding Minister of Athanasius Presbytery
Rev. Gregg Strawbridge — Presiding Minister of Augustine Presbytery
Rev. Gene Helsel — Presiding Minister of Knox Presbytery
Rev. Bogumil Jarmulak — Presiding Minister of Hus Presbytery
Rev. Bill Smith — Presiding Minister of Tyndale Presbytery
Rev. Steve Wilkins — Presiding Minister of Wycliffe Presbytery
CREC Statement on Sexuality
Presiding Minister of Council
Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC)
KCC Statement on the use of aborted babies in vaccine production.
These are statements on various topics by our session, or by our wider CREC denomination.