Our mission launched in 2004, when plans were forged for a new church plant in the west of Melbourne. Meeting as a small group in various locations, we eventually built our own facility in partnership with the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, and in October 2008, we opened our doors as a new church in a new community.
Since then, we have grown into a culturally diverse, inter-generational gathering. God has been so gracious to us, calling some to first-time faith, many to a deeper understanding of God's word, and all to the mission of making all of life all about Jesus.
The Red Door
The story of the Red Door begins over 3000 years ago in the land of Egypt. The book of Exodus tells of the rescue of God's people from slavery, despite the opposition of the greatest superpower in the world, and the unbelief of God's people themselves.
The Israelites, were suffering in slavery at the hands of the Egyptians, but their cry for freedom was heard by the Lord, and he responded by sending Moses to demand that the slaves be set free.
But the Egyptian Pharaoh refused to listen, so God sent plague after terrible plague, culminating in the tenth and most devastating: God’s angel of death was sent to kill every first-born in Egypt.
In his mercy, God graciously provided a way of salvation, telling the people to paint the blood of a spotless lamb on their doors as a sign to the angel to pass over their homes, and so spare them.
Faith in the blood of God's lamb was their salvation.
Thus, beginning with the blood-painted doors of the Passover (Ex. 12) and fulfilled in Jesus, our Passover Lamb (1 Cor. 5:7), the Red Door has long been a symbol of redemption, refuge, and hope.
In fact, going back to the cathedral architecture in the Middle Ages, the colour red, signifying the Blood of Christ, was painted on the doors of the church, marking the building as a sanctuary: a refuge and safety zone from physical or spiritual dangers.
Being Red Door Church provides us with a regular reminder of God's love and mercy, and awakens us to our common status as one-time slaves who have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
Under the primary symbol of the Red Door, we seek to establish three further symbols:
These represent our key priorities and function as the compass of our church. They underpin our vision and reveal what is most important to us. They aid us in setting goals and strategies for ministry, and they help us discern the right course from the easy or obvious course of action.
The Shared Table
Opening our homes in the love of Jesus
From informal gatherings to organised small groups, to the practice of hospitality, the local church can only truly thrive when its members gather around a shared table.
When this ministry is practiced, the gospel narrative is demonstrated in generosity of spirit, and authentic concern for one another.
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The Gathered Church
Setting our Focus on the Glory of Jesus
Our largest and most important gathering is the Sunday worship service, during which the Word is received and the Sacraments are observed.
When this ministry is practiced, the focus of the congregation is on the risen and reigning Lord Jesus, and the objective is the stirring of affections for Him.
The Public Square
Engaging our world with the mercy of Jesus
Jesus called the church the 'salt of the earth' and the 'light of the world' meaning that we ought to be visible and value-adding to our local community.
When this ministry is practiced, the needs of our community are addressed and issues are engaged with. As the church makes disciples, this is the field into which disciples are sent to serve.
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WE UPHOLD HISTORICAL CHRISTIANITY
The tri-unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit;
God’s loving creation of the universe, the creation of humanity in His image, the value of creation sustained and ruled by God, the final resurrection of all people, and the renewal of all things at Christ’s return;
The universal sinfulness of humanity since the Fall, rendering mankind subject to God’s judgement;
The conception of Jesus by the Holy Spirit and His birth by the Virgin Mary;
God’s gracious provision of redemption from the guilt, penalty and power of sin only through the sacrificial death, as our representative and substitute, of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God;
The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, His ascension, heavenly reign, return, judgement, and glory;
The church as the people of God, the body and bride of Christ, and the temple of the Holy Spirit;
The call to ministry in the church and in the world, including the ministries of word and sacrament, evangelism and church planting, pastoral care, mutual ministry, and world mission;
The necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit to make the death of Christ effective in the individual sinner, granting him or her repentance towards God, and faith in Jesus Christ;
The indwelling, work and gifts of the Holy Spirit in believers and in the church;
The divine inspiration and infallibility of Holy Scripture as originally given and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
THE FIVE ‘SOLAS’ OF THE REFORMATION
Sola Scriptura - Scripture alone, inspired by God, is the source of our faith and life.
Sola Gratia - Salvation is grounded in God's grace alone, not any human merit.
Sola Fide - Salvation comes through faith alone, not by any other means.
Solus Christus - Salvation is effected in Christ alone, not by any other work or saviour.
Soli Deo gloria - Salvation's purpose is for God's glory alone, not for any other end.
THE 39 ARTICLES OF RELIGION
We affirm the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion as foundational for authentic Anglican belief and practice and as correctives to doctrinal abuses.