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History

Our history

In 1865, William Booth, who founded The Salvation Army, commenced a series of evangelical meetings in a tent in London’s East End. These successful meetings were the commencement of what later became known as The Salvation Army. 

Booth’s first congregations were desperately poor and included thieves, prostitutes, gamblers and drunks. William and his wife Catherine had a deep desire to see each person saved. They preached hope and salvation and led many people to Jesus Christ. These people became the first “Salvationists”; they preached, marched, sang in the streets and were living testimonies to the power of God. 

In 1880, The Salvation Army was established in Adelaide by John Gore and Edward Saunders. Within two years it had spread throughout Australia. 

Locally, following more than 100 years of witness and service in Hawthorn, our Corps (Church) relocated to Glen Waverley where it has been serving the community since 1987. In that time we have grown and extended our ministries.



 

Our beliefs

Doctrine   What this means
     
That the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God and that they only constitute the Divine rule of Christian faith and practice.   God helped good men to speak and write what is in the Bible, so that from it we may learn the way God means us to live.
     
That there is only one God, who is infinitely perfect, the Creator, Preserver and Governor of all things, and who is the only proper object of religious worship.   There is only one God, and that he is altogether perfect in every way. He is the Creator, Preserver and Governor of all things. We should not worship anyone or anything else.
     
That there are three persons in the Godhead - the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, undivided in essence and co-equal in power and glory.   God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit are one God.
     
That in the person of Jesus Christ the Divine and human natures are united, so that He is truly and properly God and truly and properly man.   Jesus is both truly God and truly human: he has both God's nature and our nature
     
That our first parents were created in a state of innocency, but by their disobedience they lost their purity and happiness, and that in consequence of their fall all men have become sinners, totally depraved, and as such are justly exposed to the wrath of God.   Our first parents, by their disobedience, lost their sense of God's favour, and came under the power of sin; and because of this we are all inclined to do wrong.
     
That the Lord Jesus Christ has by His suffering and death, made an atonement for the whole world so that whosoever will may be saved.
  On the cross Jesus suffered and died for the sins of everyone, so that whoever wants to may be saved.
     
That repentance towards God, faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and renewal by the Holy Spirit, are necessary to salvation.   To be saved we must truly be sorry for doing wrong and trust in Jesus; then the Holy Spirit will make us new people.
     
That we are justified by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and that he that believeth hath the witness in himself.   Salvation is a free gift from God. It is received when we believe in Jesus; and when we are saved we know it.
     
That continuance in a state of salvation depends upon continued obedient faith in Christ.   To keep good we trust in Jesus to help us, and we must go on doing as he wants us to do
     
That it is the privilege of all believers to be wholly sanctified, and that their whole spirit, soul and body may be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.   Saved people are given the chance to be used by God to help him. When they have given themselves to him fully, then can be given power to serve him, and be kept from sinning.
     
In the immortality of the soul; in the resurrection of the body; in the general judgment at the end of the world; in the eternal happiness of the righteous; and in the endless punishment of the wicked.  

When our bodies die we ourselves will go on living in a new and different way. At the end of time Jesus will judge all people. Those who have chosen him to be their Saviour will be happy to live with him as their King, for ever. Those who have not done so will always be unhappy because they chose what separates them from all that is good and lovely