Red is one church that meets in two locations. We have a particular passion for equipping people to wholeheartedly follow Jesus in contemporary culture. We are an evangelical church affiliated with the Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania.
More Than Me
We live in a culture that constantly tells us life is about me. However, as we get to know Jesus, and His story, we realise that true life is about much more than me. It is about this great God who is working out His big story of redemption and restoration. More Than Me invites us into a posture of surrender and submission to God and His story.
More Than Me means we need to be fully dependent on God for our calling, vision and strength. It is not about me. It is not about you. It is about Him.
More Than Me captures Jesus’ central teaching on following Him, and Red’s heart for discipleship. That to find your life you need to lose it. That we are to commit to dying to ourselves daily and to finding new, true life in Christ.
More than Me is about doing life together. Faith is not a journey walked in isolation. We need community; we need people to encourage us in our life and faith and to remind us of where and how Jesus is at work in our midst.
More Than Me is the refreshing news that there is so much more than just what we see. God’s plan is a wonderful future; a coming together of earth and heaven. This is a glory and a joy we can barely imagine. God invites us to live a life more than just living for ourselves. In this we find true joy.
Below are some of the more frequently asked questions about Red Church. If you have further questions, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why the name Red?
Red Church was once a network of churches meeting throughout Melbourne, and the name Red came from the Spanish word for ‘network’.
What does Red Church believe?
We believe that there is one true God who has existed for eternity as three persons, the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
We believe in the divine inspiration and absolute authority of the Bible which is the written Word of God – fully trustworthy for faith and conduct.
We believe that God created people in His image, male and female, to share in His eternal life, worship Him and steward creation.
We believe that due to humanity’s rebellion against God (we call this sin), everyone has fallen short of the glory of God and is driven by their fallen nature and eternally separated from Him.
We believe that God showed His great love for us by sending His son, Jesus Christ, in human form, through the incarnation, born of the virgin Mary. Jesus was without sin, fully God and fully man.
We believe in the atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross; paying the price of sin (separation from God), defeating evil and death, and reconciling us back with God.
We believe that Jesus physically rose from the dead on the third day, and that He ascended to the Father’s right hand where He now reigns as the Saviour of the world.
We believe that fallen humans are justified through faith in this Saviour, Jesus Christ.
We believe that God sent His comforter and guide, the Holy Spirit, who leads us into repentance, life with Christ through new birth, empowers our Christian life, deepens our faith and enables us to witness to the world.
We believe that God has established His people as the Church, His priesthood of all believers, who are empowered by the Holy Spirit through the impartation of spiritual gifts, who are called to proclaim the gospel, promote justice, and live out His Kingdom life on earth.
We believe that Christ will personally and visibly return to fulfil God’s salvation plan; He will raise all people to the harvest of judgement, in which the righteous will enter into eternal life with Him and the rebellious into eternal separation, and He will finally establish a new heaven and earth.
What is the call on Red Church?
Sitting alongside our Vision and Mission is a strong sense of call that God has given Red Church. This call gives focus, purpose and identity to Red, and can be summarised in three key areas:
We are called to focus on Discipleship: We firmly believe that God is looking not for believers, but for followers. We are passionate about growing disciples: people who are committed to living authentically as followers of Christ – growing in relationship, obedience and service to Him – and encouraging others to do the same.
Our call is Apostolic: Apostolic means to ‘be sent with a message’. As a Church, Red has a particular message to steward and share (centred around discipleship in today’s culture), and that message is to go out beyond the walls of our local Church congregations to build up the wider Church body.
We are called to speak into Faith and Culture: As citizens of God’s Kingdom we have a mandate to shape—rather than be shaped by—the culture around us.
Can my Church/Organisation/Event book Mark Sayers or Sarah Deutscher to speak?
Mark and Sarah regularly speak at conferences and events both locally and nationally. Click here for more information or to submit an enquiry.
Where can I find more of Red’s teaching and resources?
You can listen to our Sunday sermons and find study guides and other resources here. It’s our recommendation that these supplement, rather than replace, your presence in your own local church and your submission to the leaders that God has placed around you.
What is Red’s leadership structure?
Red is governed by a Board, made up of Red Church members. The Board employs the Senior Leader who in turn employs the staff. Churches of Christ Victoria/Tasmania provide oversight, care and compliance for certain areas of operation as necessary.
What denomination is Red Church?
Red Church is affiliated with Churches of Christ Victoria/Tasmania. Our members are made up of people from a variety of church backgrounds; baptist to pentecostal, catholic to anglican and everyone in between.
How can I get connected in the Red community?
If you’re local to Melbourne, we’d love to invite you to join our Blackburn or Outer East communities. Join us on Sundays (turning up regularly, on time, has a big impact on being connected!) or check out these ways you can get connected.
For those overseas or interstate, you can subscribe to our sermon podcast here. Keeping up with our Facebook and Instagram is a good way to hear about further resources, recommended books, or other events. We encourage you to see these things as supplementary to your commitment to your own local church and spiritual growth, not an end in themselves.
Why does my direct debit go to South Melbourne Restoration Community?
Red was born out of a community that originally met in South Melbourne. Our building, resources and legacy stem from this history. Bank accounts were originally set up under this name, and ASIC regulations make it very difficult to change our account name to ‘Red Church’. We’re okay with this as it honours our legacy and gives us a reason to explain our history.
Fortunately, we were able to call a secondary account ‘Red Outer East’, which is directed to our Outer East service. If you call Red Church home, we encourage you to direct your tithes to the relevant service.
43 Orchard Grove Blackburn South
(Office only – no services)
PO Box 2123 Blackburn South 3130