Who We Are

A house of prayer for all the nations.

Christian Discipleship Ministries, is a non- denominational, independent, Word focused, Pentecostal fellowship. We are a church that emphasises the need to be part of a life transforming community; developing maturity in loving, trusting and faithful relationships with each other and the Lord Jesus. Our community gathers from the surrounding suburbs of Brisbane and Logan cities and reflects the multicultural mix from within those geographic locations.

Our hearts’ desire is to be a fulfilment of Jesus’ desire that His house become a house of prayer for all the nations (Mark 11:17). With this in mind we warmly welcome those from other races and cultures that are reflected in the 158 nations that find themselves scattered through our local area.

We respect and celebrate the diversity that Jesus has in His Body and enjoy our times of community and worship as we all together lift up our Lord and Saviour in worship and praise. Our desire is to gather together people from every nation and in the midst of our diversity, be one in Spirit and devotion to the Lord.

As Noah and family, the heads of all the nations of earth, found safety in the ark at the beginning of time, we now look forward to being a fellowship that opens its door wide to all from around the globe, and we look forward to and enjoy the unity of the Spirit as we meet together in these last days before the return of Jesus.

Our Pastor

Pastor Mark Reid & Jenny Reid

I have had for many years a conviction that Pastor’s are not a breed set apart from their parishioners but are in fact part of the local church body; with differing functions, as such I maintain a business presence in Building though my company Reidbuilt and as every other member within our fellowship, we live our Christianity out in our community lives. Our fellowship believes that every member has a significant role to play in church life and community life and that ministry is the function of all believers as they explore their own gifts and talents connecting with others in the community to make a difference in their world.

Our Beliefs

Why We Do What We Do.

Preamble

The Holy Scriptures, known as the Bible are the inspired Word of God and our all-sufficient rule for faith and practice. These articles of Christian Discipleship Ministries, grounded in these Scriptures, are given as a basis for belief, fellowship and ministry “that we all preach the same thing” (1 Cor 1:10). Let it be remembered, however, that this is not given as a summary of the complete revelation of biblical truth, only that it covers our present needs as to these fundamental doctrines.

The Bible

The foundation of our Faith is the Bible. There are only 66 books which constitute the Bible composed into the Old Testament and the New Testament respectively. The Scriptures have their origin in God and were given through the instrumentality of men chosen by God. Scripture therefore speaks to us with the authority of God while also reflecting to us the backgrounds, language and style of its human authors. We at CDM hold that the Scriptures are infallible and inerrant in their original manuscripts.

They are unique, complete and the final authority on all matters pertaining to faith and practice. They stand as the central authority over our lives, our faith, and our direction within this fellowship.We believe that there are no other writings similarly inspired by God. The Bible does not simply contain the Word of God, but is, in reality, the complete revelation and very Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that whatever is not contained therein is not to be enjoined as an article of faith.

(2 Timothy 3:16, Matthew 5:18)

Some Practical Applications:

  • We endeavour to regularly read and study the Bible, privately and publicly to understand its message.
  • We do not accept that there is a need for a human religious intermediary for us to know and relate to God- we have His Word, and we are each individually responsible to learn what it says.
  • All aspects of our life and conduct must be submitted to what the Bible teaches and we must obey what we discover God has commanded.
  • Messages given by CDM teachers must provide teaching supported by Scripture.
  • We do not accept doctrines, no matter what the source of these doctrines are claimed to be if they do not agree with and are not supported by Scripture. “Modern Prophets”, “new revelation”, or any message given- even if it is apparently attested to by signs and wonders, must be tested by and conform to the Biblical doctrine.

God

We believe that there is One True, Holy God Eternally existing in three persons. The Bible refers to these persons as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each of these persons possesses the attributes of deity and the characteristics of personality. In the beginning God created out of nothing the world and all things in it. When he did this he manifested His power, wisdom and goodness. It is His sovereign will that sustains creation and His providence that operates through history fulfilling His plan of redemption.

Some Practical Applications:

  • Knowing God is our highest priority as such when we substitute any activity or allow any passion to become stronger than this priority; this is called idolatry.
  • We treat creation as something wonderful that God has made; we neither abuse it nor worship it. We seek to enjoy and cultivate all that God has shared with us recognising the need to preserve it without it becoming more important than the people God made to enjoy it.
  • We recognise in creation His invisible qualities- His eternal power and divine nature are evidenced and understood through what He has made and accept stewardship over creation to advance the furtherance of the Gospel.
  • We reject the teaching of any religious leader or group that does not accept God’s revelation of Himself as Trinity (three in one), such is the teaching of many cults.
  • We experiencing God actively within our lives as He works within us to develop a vital relationship with Him. He develops within us a deep abiding trust that supersedes all other loyalties.

Salvation

The central purpose of God’s revelation in Scripture is to call all people into fellowship with Himself. Man was originally created for God but defied God choosing to go his independent way. He was alienated from God and suffered the corruption of his nature and as such was unable to please God. This fall from God took place at the beginning of human history, and all individuals since then have suffered the consequence and are in need of salvation.

Salvation is reconciliation with God through the atoning work of Jesus Christ. God offers us salvation by His grace alone and we receive it through the gifts of repentance and faith towards God; the will to change born by the conviction of the Holy Spirit.

This right standing before God must be received and cannot be earned. This experience is also known as the new birth and is an instantaneous and complete operation of the Holy Spirit whereupon the believing sinner is regenerated, justified, and adopted into the family of God and becomes a new creation in Christ Jesus, and heir of eternal life.

God freely offers salvation to all people, and our salvation is secure as we continue in Him. When God has begun a saving work in the heart of an individual, He gives us, in Scripture, the assurance that he will continue performing it until the day of its full consummation.

(Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 8:38,39; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 1:13; 2:4; Phil.1:6; Tit 2:11; 3:5-7; 1 Pet 1:23; 1 Jn 5:1)

Some Practical Applications:

  • We reject the common myth preached by humanism that humanity is basically intrinsically good. This doctrine is not supported by Scripture. While we were created good in the beginning our rebellion from God has completely destroyed our Spirit, we are therefore spiritually dead without God and morally bankrupt.
  • It is because of this reality that our message to those without God is for them to turn from all attempts to earn God’s favour and to cast themselves without reservation into the grace of God, which God provides for us through the perfect and reliable provision of God in Christ.
  • We live with the understanding that our life in God is a continuous expression of gratitude for his atoning sacrifice. Our obedience does not add anything to the completed work of Jesus and our recognition of His grace teaches us to say “no to ungodliness” rather than to “sin and let grace abound”.
  • Acknowledging our (“Flesh”) activity within our life puts us on alert to the inevitability of continued temptation to evil. Though we are confident that we will be rescued from the penalty of sin, (hell), we conduct our lives with vigilance knowing we have an adversary whose objective is to traduce our life in Christ.

Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ, the Son, is fully God and fully human, the second person of the triune Godhead, who was and is the eternal Son of God. He became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary. He lived a sinless life, had a miraculous ministry died for the sins of humankind, descended into Abraham’s bosom to take captivity captive was resurrected bodily on the third day, ascended into heaven to prepare a place for us and is abiding in intercession before coming again as King and Judge. Jesus Christ is the only provision that God has given for people to be reconciled to Him. Jesus’ life on earth also serves as the model for the Christian life.

(John 14:6; Acts 4:12 Is 7:14; Matt 1:23; Heb 7:26; 1 Pet 2:22; Acts 2:22; 10:38; 2 Cor 5:21; Heb 9:12; Lk 24:39; 1 Cor 15:4, Acts 1:9; Eph 4:8-10; Rom 8:34; Heb 7:25)

Some Practical Applications:

We are Christians by virtue that our message is centred solely on Christ and Him Crucified. Our message on His worldview, work, divinity, and our need to live as He lived in relationship with the Father is called the Gospel. This complete worldview rejects anything that does not acknowledge His full humanity and divinity as well as the forgiveness for all sins purchased by his death in our place.

Because our salvation was secured by a perfect sacrifice of a perfect person, we live knowing that we are totally and unconditionally forgiven from sin now.

Knowing that Jesus is returning someday to take us to our heavenly home we hold loosely to the things of this world recognising that we are in transition through this life.

Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the triune Godhead, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, and is ever present and active in the work of convicting and regenerating the sinner; sanctifying and guiding the believer into all truth. The Holy Spirit is God, he has personality traits of emotion, (He can be grieved) intelligence, (He teaches and instructs) and volition (He determines) and as such should not be referred to as “it” or as a “substance” which fills or a “force” that energizes. He indwells us at the moment we place our faith in Christ and as a person influences us toward an obedient lifestyle. He empowers us to live an effective Christian life by affirming our salvation, encouraging us and giving us the strength to live a life that is pleasing to God and personally fulfilling. The Holy Spirit sanctifies us by an act of separation from that which is evil, and dedicating us to God. We believe it is the glorious provision for every believer in Christ to be made pure in heart and wholly sanctified, through the operation of the Holy Spirit, by the blood of Jesus and the Word of God.

(Jn 17:15-19, Acts 15:8,9; 1 Thess 4:3,4; Heb 2:11; 1 Thess 5:23,24; Heb 10:16-19; Rom 12:1,2.)

The Holy Spirit also endows each believer with unique spiritual abilities to serve the church and the world. We believe in the present day operation of the nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit, as recorded in 1 Cor. 12. We also believe in the ministry gifts of Christ, as recorded in Eph 4:11-13.These becoming active within the individual after the Baptism in the Holy Spirit bestows the believer with power to be an effective witness for Christ. This experience is distinct from, and subsequent to, the New Birth; is received by faith, and is accompanied by the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit as the Holy Spirit determines.

(Jn 14:26; Jn 16:8-11: 1 Pet 1:2; Rom 8-14; Acts 1:4,5,8; Acts 2:1-4; 8:15-19, 11:14-17; 19:1-7.)

The Holy Spirit guides believers in understanding and applying the Scriptures. His power and control are appropriated by faith, making it possible for the believer to lead a life of Christ like character and to bear fruit to the glory of the Father.

Some Practical Applications:

  • As saved people, we are continuously striving to be more like Jesus. We are not content to be just forgiven; we want to mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. This is achieved through a life dedicated to walking in obedience to the Holy Spirit.
  • This moment by moment surrender to the Holy Spirit enables us to bear His fruit in us. The change in our lives is not dependant on self improvement through human effort but by submission and obedience to the Holy Spirits promptings and guidance.
  • When we communicate to others the message we proclaim is effectual not because we have superior reasoning or human effectiveness in our communication skills but because the Holy Spirit is free to work in and through our lives ministering into the life of the one to whom we speak. We are therefore completely dependent on His ultimate activity through our limited understanding of what will reach the person.

Human Destiny

Human beings are created in the image of God. As such, we are unique among all of God’s creation. Through the abuse of our God-given free will, we have turned against God and this has resulted in spiritual death for all humankind. Humanity lives in a state of alienation and profound need which can only be satisfied by reconciliation with God through Christ. Without this reconciliation, all people stand under God’s righteous judgment.

Humanity, although fallen, maintains the image of God and is, therefore, still dignified and unique. God continues to love us and reach out to us, even though we are hostile to Him. Believers in Jesus Christ receive a new nature that becomes the foundation for a process of transformation.

At the final judgment, God will assign all people their eternal destinies—either life or judgment. Those who have responded to Jesus Christ with saving faith will receive the eternal life they have already been promised. According to His promise, we look for “new heavens and a new earth wherein dwells righteousness” – 2 (John 5:24), Those who reject Christ work of salvation will live under eternal judgment. We believe in the everlasting punishment of the wicked (in the sense of eternal torment) who willfully reject and despise the love of God manifested in the great sacrifice of His only Son upon the cross for their salvation We believe that the devil and his angels and whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death – Therefore, because eternal issues are at stake, there is an urgency to communicate the gospel.

(Rev. 19:20. Matt 25:46; 13:49,50; Lk 1:47,48; 2 Thess 1:8,9; Rom 6:23; Rev 20:11-15. Matthew 25:46; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10)

Some Practical Applications:

  • There are no second chances after we die. Our relationship to God in eternity is set by our how we respond to Him in this life. It is because of this we are earnest in prayerful intercession for those not yet saved.
  • We reject the teaching of reincarnation, we must make good choices with the one life we have now.
  • Knowing the brevity of our lives now and the longevity of eternity we make choices in the present in contemplation of that coming reality.
  • Momentary difficulties and troubles will fade in comparison to the glory that awaits us in heaven so we keep our eyes fixed on the heavenly and practice obedience even if it means hardship in the process. We know the reward for our obedience is assured in Him.
  • The message of the Gospel brings life to those who would perish eternally without Christ; we therefore seek to present His saving message publicly and privately as often as we can. This is done with sensitivity to our listeners needs and naturally through our own evangelistic “style”.
  • As we relate to people through life we see them as immortal beings heading for an eternal destiny as such we accord them due respect. Everone matters to God and is significant in the eyes of God so we treat them lovingly.

The Church

First and foremost the church is an organism not an organisation, a people and not a building. It is the living body of Christ made up of people everywhere who are His followers. The church is composed of all those throughout history who place saving faith in Jesus Christ. God wants all Christians to live out their spiritual lives in a community context. This context of Christian love in relationships is a crucial feature of our witness for Christ as it reflects God’s character to the world.

The local expression of His body is found wherever His children gather in His name. Scripture describes some of the activities of church, but it is Christ in our midst that makes us His children, not anything we do.

The church is God’s chosen instrument through which the message of salvation is spread to all people. This mission is the central purpose for the church. We are to carry the good news locally and worldwide and demonstrate the gospel by relevant social action. We believe the Church is the Body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfillment of her Great Commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the General Assembly and Church of the First-born which are written in heaven. It is God’s intent and purpose that through the church the manifold wisdom of God is made known to the principalities and powers in the heavens.

(Eph 1:22,23; 3:10;Heb 12:23; John 13:34, 35; 1 Corinthians 12:12-26; Matthew 28:19)

Some Practical Applications:

  • Non Christians can belong to an organisation, but making us members of the body of Christ is something that Christ does.
  • We are an interdenominational church, emphasizing that all true believers are one with Christ and with each other, regardless of denomination.
  • Every gathering of believers is a church, every small group is in fact the church meeting together in its smallest unit.
  • All small group leaders function as shepherds to the “flock” they are connected to one another and serve the body equipping and encouraging it through their ministry.
  • All believers must have ability to develop their spiritual gifts: we structure our meetings in such a way to allow this development through, freedom of expression, listening; acceptance; member participation and the effective dealing with the emotions people express. Every one can participate within the life of the fellowship based upon their passion, giftedness, their submission to the Body and to the leadership within the fellowship.
  • Disunity is the one thing that hurts and destroys the effective witness of the church. We guard the unity of the church and diligently seek to honestly confront and work through differences and dissension which may from time to time surface in our fellowship. Walking in love and submission to one another and to the Holy Spirit are the keys to this oneness within the fellowship.

Water Baptism

We believe that Baptism in Water is a Baptism into God the Son, (Jesus Christ) and that it is symbolic of our identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection.

Since the context of Matt 28:19 is not water baptism, but rather making of disciples, it is most likely that this expression baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit is not a formula to be recited over people who are being baptized in water but rather a summary description of the fact that the foundation of the Christian life is meant to be a triune Baptism.

1. Baptism into the Name of God the Father (through repentance and Faith in God)

2. Baptism into the Name of Jesus through Water Baptism, Identifying with his death, burial and resurrection to life.

3. Baptism into the Name of the Holy Spirit, being empowered and gifted for service.

(Matt 28:19,20; Acts 10:47,48; 2:38,39: Rom 6:4,5; Col 2:12; Mk 16:16.)

Some Practical Applications:

  • We seek to bring people into the life of God by introducing them to the foundations of the Christian life. These foundations are Repentance and Faith toward God, Baptism in Water and Baptism in the Holy Spirit, (being filled with the Spirit). These elementary experiences lay as the foundation to each lives journey toward Christian Maturity.
  • We do not believe in regenerational Baptism in water or the Spirit. Baptism in water is something that follows after conversion as is Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Salvation is secured by repentance and faith toward God. Baptism in Water and Baptism in the Holy Spirit are not requirements for salvation but are initial steps in obedience in one’s life in Christ.

The Lord’s Supper

We practice the Lord’s Supper; this is a meal which celebrates our unity as believers, held regularly the fellowship eats together at this meal remembering what Jesus has accomplished for us by His death and resurrection. It is a love feast, a meal of submission and service to one another. We serve one another at this time thus recognizing the Body of Jesus and examining our lives as members of that Body. In so doing we share in the divine nature of Jesus Christ and enjoin all believers in a memorial to His suffering and death and enjoin unity and communion in the life of believers until he comes.

(2 Pet 1:4; 1 Cor 11:26; Lk 22:15-20; Matt 26:26-28: Acts 20:7.)

Some Practical Applications:

  • We eat together as a fellowship both communally as a whole and then within our family home group meetings. This connectedness develops within the fellowship warmth and intimacy that is befitting of the church of God.
  • Sharing our table with others and developing our personal interactions facilitates the fellowship of the believers and enhances the oneness of our faith in Him.
  • We are a community, members of God’s household and fellow partners in the work of God as such we believe it necessary to foster and develop greater connection within the lives of our fellowship. We believe the Lord’s Table was given to us for that express purpose.

Divine Healing

We believe in accordance with the teaching of the Scriptures, we trust our heavenly Father to protect and heal our bodies from sickness and disease. We believe that divine healing for the body, as with all redemptive blessings of God, has been provided for us by the atoning death and victorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ: it is the privilege of all believers and it is appropriate by faith in our heavenly Father’s unfailing promises.

Ex 15:26; Isa 53”4; Matt 8:16,17; 1 Pet 2:24, Ps 103:3; Jam 5:14,15; Mk 16:17,18.

The Second Coming

We believe in the personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ to gather His people unto Himself. Since we have this glorious hope and earnest expectation we purify ourselves, delete “and” even as He is pure, so that we may be ready to meet Him when He comes.

(Jn 14:1-3; Jam 5:7,8; Tit 2:13; 1 Thess 4:15-17; 2 Thess 2:1, 1 Jn 2:28; 3:2,3)

Satan

We believe in the personality of Satan, the originator of evil, a created being who corrupted his nature through rebellion, who by his influence, brought about the downfall of man, and now seeks to destroy the faith of every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. Satan is the personal, spiritual adversary of God and God’s followers. Satan actively opposes the work of the church and the spiritual vitality of Christians. We therefore take seriously, but in a balanced way, the reality of personal, spiritual opposition.

Satan is doomed to final defeat and judgment when Christ returns.

(Gen 3:1-15; Ezekiel 28:15, Matt 4:1-13; Jam 4:7; 1 Pet 5:8; Jn 13:2. Ephesians 6:12; Revelation 20)

Some Practical Applications:

  • We recognise that we wrestle not against flesh and blood but our fight is with Spiritual forces. Because of this we look behind the pressures that come in our human interactions to see the finger prints of the devil’s intention. In this way we seek to focus on the real issues behind conflicts.
  • We believe that walking in Love is the way to overcome the demonic world’s attack on the church. This choice to act in love toward our fellow human beings undermines the schemes of Satan to divide and conquer.
  • We understand that Satan is thrashing around because he knows his days are short so we keep vigilant watch over our own personal lives so that we are not used to assist in his plans.
  • The battle ground for the individual believer is the mind and we cast down vain imaginations that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God and bring every thought into captivity to conform to the mind of Christ.