Church of the Redeemer
Our congregation is one of the youngest ELCSA(NT) member in the greater Durban area. We became an
independent entity in October 2006.
We are, in a way 'unique', because we are still semi-rural and we like the label we are known by:
'The Church on the Hill'. We are located in a very scenic and peaceful area, with well kept grounds and gardens. Our little chapel is also a popular wedding venue.
For many years we were a branch of the Durban congregation, who used to meet at the Dutch Reformed Church in Smith Street and/or in private homes for lay preacher services. When the Durban congregation eventually bought a piece of land to build their own church, Hillcrest, which had some property that was donated by a Mrs Gevers to be used as a cemetery, took the bold step and decided to build a chapel. Both the Durban and Hillcrest churches were completed in 1953.
We remained part of the Durban congregation but also held services in our own chapel, albeit only twice a month. These services were all in German with the result that we became known as the German Church. As the surrounding area started to develop more and more into a residential area, our numbers started growing and we decided to introduce English services, which are now conducted every Sunday with an additional German service every second Sunday of the month.
The Lutheran faith
Dr Martin Luther made his 95 theses public in 1517 in Wittenberg. This was a start of bringing change in the church world wide. In many writings Luther shares his insights which he acquired through an in-depth study the Bible. These have become the basis of the Lutheran faith.
- We are saved solely by the unconditional love of God in Jesus Christ. (SOLA GRATIA).
- We are freed from God’s judgment by faith alone, and not by our good works and deeds. (SOLA FIDE).
- We are saved by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ alone. (SOLUS CHRISTUS).
- The Bible alone. (SOLA SCRIPTURA)
Why I am a Lutheran.