anchor church

port adelaide

Our Vision

We believe that the church is how God is primarily establishing His Kingdom on Earth. We long to see God continue to grow His church in Port Adelaide. The vision of Anchor Church Port Adelaide is to see the glory of Ephesians 3:10 lived out here in the Port—people from all backgrounds unified in their worship of Jesus Christ! This vision has led our young church to be active in areas such as prison ministry, schoolies, and community debt relief as we seek to bring all people together through the Gospel and to the glory of Jesus.

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Anchor Church currently meets on Sundays at 10:30 am
24 Quebec Street
Port Adelaide, South Australia

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John 20:24-31
Jake Swadling
April 23, 2023
John 20:19-23
Jake Swadling
April 16, 2023
John 19:38-20:18
Nick Psarros
April 09, 2023
John 19:17-37
Jake Swadling
April 07, 2023
John 19:1-16
Jake Swadling
April 02, 2023
John 18:28-40
Jake Swadling
March 26, 2023
John 18:15-27
Dane Blount
March 18, 2023
John 18:1-12
Jake Swadling
March 11, 2023
Wisdom - Job
Caleb Turko
March 05, 2023
Wisdom - Song of Songs
Jake Swadling
February 26, 2023
Wisdom - Psalms
Jake Swadling
February 12, 2023
Wisdom - 1 Kings 3-12
Jake Swadling
February 05, 2023
Psalm 90
Nick Psaros
January 29, 2023
Colossians 3:12-17
Caleb Turko
January 22, 2023
Servanthood - Romans 12:9-21
Ben Kolly
January 15, 2023
2 Peter 1:3-15
Jake Swadling
January 08, 2023
Proverbs 3:13-18
Jake Swadling
January 01, 2023
Christmas Day - Luke 2:1-20
Jake Swadling
December 25, 2022
Isaiah 8:21-9:7
Jake Swadling
December 18, 2022
Mark 1:9-15
Jake Swadling
December 11, 2022
Matthew 1:1-12
Jake Swadling
December 03, 2022
John 17:20-26
Caleb Turko
November 27, 2022
John 17:6-19
Nick Psarros
November 20, 2022
Reformation Sunday
Stuart Sampson
October 30, 2022
Mark 4:35-5:20
Harold Baulis
October 23, 2022
John 16:1-15
Jake Swadling
October 09, 2022
John 15:9-17
Jake Swadling
September 24, 2022
John 15:1-8
Jake Swadling
September 18, 2022
John 14:27-31
Jake Swadling
September 11, 2022
John 14:15-26
Liam Clifford
September 04, 2022
John 14:1-14
Nick Psarros
August 28, 2022
John 13:1-34
Jake Swadling
August 21, 2022
John 12:37-50
Caleb Turko
August 14, 2022
John 12:28-36
Jake Swadling
August 07, 2022
John 12:20-28
Jake Swadling
July 31, 2022
John 12:1-12
Nick Psarros
July 17, 2022
John 11:45-57
Jake Swadling
July 10, 2022
John 11:27-44
Jake Swadling
July 03, 2022
John 11:1-27
Jake Swadling
June 26, 2022
Christ Centred Marriage
Sam Swadling
June 18, 2022
The Trinity
Ben Kolly
June 12, 2022
Pentecost Sunday
Jake Swadling
June 05, 2022
Ascension Day
Caleb Turko
May 29, 2022
John 10:19-36
Jake Swadling
May 22, 2022
John 10:1-18
Jake Swadling
May 15, 2022
2 Corinthians 3:6-4:6
Jake Swadling
May 01, 2022
Apostles Creed
Jake Swadling
April 24, 2022
Matthew 28:1-15
Resurrection Sunday Nick Psarros
April 17, 2022
Psalm 43
Good Friday
April 15, 2022
John 9:35-41
Jake Swadling
April 10, 2022
John 9:13-35
Caleb Turko
April 03, 2022
John 8:48-59
Jake Swadling
March 13, 2022
John 8:30-37
Jake Swadling
March 06, 2022
John 8:2-11
Jake Swadling
February 20, 2022
John 7:14-52
Jake Swadling
February 13, 2022
Genesis Bible Study Introduction
February 01, 2022
Hebrews 1:1-3
Guest Speaker: Nick Psarros
January 30, 2022
Romans 3:21-26
Caleb Turko
January 24, 2022
Ephesians 4:1-16
January 23, 2022
Spiritual Habits
Philippians 2:12-13
January 16, 2022
The Lord's Prayer
January 01, 2022
Rahab - Christmas
Joshua 2 - Caleb Turko
December 11, 2021
Tamar - Christmas
December 04, 2021
John 6:47-71
November 27, 2021
Romans 13
The Authority of Jesus
November 21, 2021
John 6:25-34
Nick Psarros When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come he...
November 06, 2021
Reformation Day - 2 Timothy 3:13-17
while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, contin...
October 30, 2021
John 6:16-21
When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across the sea to Capernaum. I...
October 24, 2021
John 5:31-47
October 10, 2021
John 5:24-30 - The Joy of Justice
October 03, 2021
John 5:1-16
After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Ga...
September 19, 2021
John 4:39-54 - The Believing Life
September 12, 2021
John 4:27-38
September 05, 2021
John 4:15-30
August 29, 2021
John 4:1-18
August 22, 2021
John 3:31-36
August 15, 2021
John 3:22-30
August 08, 2021
John 3:14-21
August 01, 2021
John 2:1-12
July 11, 2021
John 2:13-22
July 04, 2021
John 1:19-28
June 27, 2021
The Gospel Plan for Evangelism
Guest Speaker: Jack Harrington
May 09, 2021
Evangelism - Who are we reaching?
Ephesians 2:1-10
May 02, 2021
Evangelism - Who are we?
April 25, 2021
From slavery to glory
March 28, 2021
The Golden Calf
March 22, 2021
Exodus 31:12-18 - Rest for your soul
“You are to speak to the people of Israel and say, ‘Above all you shall keep my Sabbaths, for this is a sign b...
March 14, 2021
Isaiah 8:22-9:7 - Joy To The Weary
December 20, 2020
Exodus 11:1-10 - The Favour and Justice...
Guest Speaker: Liam
September 06, 2020
Exodus 7:14-8:19 - The Showdown
Guest Speaker: John Cook
August 16, 2020
Exodus 6:28-7:13 - Of Staffs and serpen...
Guest Speaker: Jack Harrington
August 09, 2020
Exodus 6:12-27 - To be truly human
"It was Aaron and Moses whom..."
August 02, 2020
Exodus 4:18-31 - Our Father in Heaven
Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD, Israel is my firstborn son'Exodus 4:22 (ESV)
July 19, 2020
The Mighty Hand of God - Exodus 3:16-4:...
Then the LORD said to him, “Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it no...
July 11, 2020
Moses... the lesser Jesus
Exodus 2:1–22 Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. The woman conceived ...
June 28, 2020
Where Do We Find Hope as a Community Th...
Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,To Philemon our beloved fellow worker and Apphia our si...
June 14, 2020
Love Acts
My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, let him know that whoever bri...
June 08, 2020
Pray for Healing
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Le...
May 30, 2020
Truth and Grace
Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the ...
May 16, 2020
What is True Blessing?
Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. Your riches have rotted and your garm...
May 10, 2020
What Does the Law of Christ Look Like?
Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speak...
May 02, 2020
Where is my True Friend?
What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? Y...
April 25, 2020
Where is Wisdom Found?
Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. But...
April 19, 2020
When will this be finished?
John 19:1–30 Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged him. And the soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and ...
April 11, 2020
Peace With God
Romans 5:1–5 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Ch...
March 21, 2020
The Good Faith?
James 2:14–17 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that fait...
March 07, 2020
Faith That Creates Love
James 2:1–13 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory....
February 29, 2020
Do Not Judge
Guest Speaker: Charlie Tatera Matthew 7:1–6 “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pro...
February 22, 2020
Faith in the Generosity of God
James 1:2–18 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testin...
February 08, 2020
James - The Response of Faith
James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetin...
February 01, 2020
The Light of Jesus
Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was ...
January 26, 2020
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Ecclesiastes 3:1–8 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be bo...
January 18, 2020
The Frustration and Liberation of the L...
Romans 8:19–22 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation...
January 12, 2020
The Joy of Jesus
John 4:1–42 Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more discip...
December 29, 2019
God the Giver
Psalm 127 Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the ci...
December 21, 2019
When Samuel became old, he made his sons judges over Israel. The name of his firstborn son was Joel, and the name ...
December 15, 2019
“When you come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable ...
December 07, 2019
For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gift...
December 01, 2019
Grace be with you, Amen
Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant i...
November 23, 2019
Making Jesus Known
Guest Speaker: Charlie Tatera Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same ...
November 17, 2019
Loving Like Jesus
Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with the...
November 09, 2019
Who We Are
Colossians 3:12–17 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humilit...
November 03, 2019
But Christ is All and is in All
Guest Speaker: Tyler Shedd Colossians 3:1–11 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are...
October 27, 2019
Holding onto Jesus
Colossians 2:6–23 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him ...
October 20, 2019
The Treasures in Jesus Crucified
Colossians 1:24–2:5 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacki...
October 13, 2019
Colossians 1:9-14
“For this reason also, since the day we heard this, we haven’t stopped praying for you. We are asking that you...
September 29, 2019
Pathway to Hope
Simon Jackson 1 Thessalonians 4:13–18 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are as...
September 15, 2019
Contentment in Suffering
This is God's universal purpose for all Christian suffering: more contentment in God and less satisfaction in the ...
September 08, 2019
Psalm 73 - Contentment and Finances
Psalm 73:28 But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your...
September 01, 2019
Ephesians 2:19 - Contentment in Communi...
Ephesians 2:19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and me...
August 25, 2019
Daniel 9
Tyler Shedd
July 14, 2019
Daniel 8
July 06, 2019
Daniel 7
June 29, 2019
Daniel 6
Simon Jackson
June 22, 2019
Daniel 4
June 08, 2019
Daniel 2
May 26, 2019

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Meet Us

Jake Swadling

Lead Planter / Elder

Jake was born in Wollongong before moving to Brisbane in his early teenage years. He worked as a wharfie, miner, security guard before meeting Jesus while working for the Australian Federal Police (protection). He is passionate about Jesus and His church, his wife Kathy and four daughters, Eastern European Literature and Rugby League. Jake’s passion is to see the church become a truly diverse community united through the worship of Jesus Christ.

Eldership Belief Statement

Anchor Church affirms the Reforming Catholic Confession, which can be found here. All people must affirm this confession if they are partners of Anchor Church.

In addition to this, the Elders are submissive to and teach from the distinctives stated below.

Gospel Centrality

We believe the gospel is the good news of what God has graciously accomplished for sinners through the sinless life, sacrificial death, and bodily resurrection of his Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ, namely our forgiveness from sin and complete justification before God; this gospel is also the foundation for our confidence in the ultimate triumph of God’s kingdom, and the consummation of his purpose for all creation in the new heavens and new earth.

This gospel is centred in Christ, is the foundation for the life of the Church, and is our only hope for eternal life; this gospel is not proclaimed if Christ’s penal substitutionary death and bodily resurrection are not central to our message.

This Gospel is not only how people are saved, but also the truth and power by which people are sanctified; it is the truth of the Gospel that enables us to genuinely and joyfully do what is pleasing to God and to grow in progressive conformity to the image of Christ.

The salvation offered in this gospel message is received by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone; no ordinance, ritual, work, or any other activity on the part of man is required to be saved.

(Mark 1:1; Luke 24:46-47; John 3:16-18; Romans 1:16-17; Romans 1:18-25; 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; 2:2; 15:1-4; 2 Corinthians 4:1-6; 9:13; Galatians 1:6-9; Ephesians 1: 7-10; Colossians 1: 19-20; 2 Timothy 1:8-14; 2 Peter 3: 11-13 Jude 3-4; Revelation 21:1-22:21)

The Necessity of the Empowering Presence of the Holy Spirit for All of Life and Ministry

The Holy Spirit is fully God, equal with the Father and Son, whose primary ministry is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ; he also convicts unbelievers of their need for Christ and imparts spiritual life through regeneration (the new birth).

The Spirit permanently indwells, graciously sanctifies, lovingly leads, and empowers all who are brought to faith in Christ so that they might live in obedience to the inerrant Scriptures.

The model for our reliance upon the Spirit and our experience of his indwelling and empowering presence is the Lord Jesus Christ himself who was filled with the Spirit and entirely dependent upon his power for the performance of miracles, the preaching of the kingdom of God, and all other dimensions of his earthly ministry.

The Holy Spirit who indwelt and empowered Christ in like manner indwells and empowers us through spiritual gifts he has bestowed for the work of ministry and the building up of the body of Christ. Although there are different understandings in our network of the nature and function of these gifts, we all recognize that they are divine provisions central to spiritual growth and effective ministry and are to be eagerly desired, faithfully developed, and lovingly exercised according to biblical guidelines.

(Matthew 3:11; 12:28; Luke 4:1, 14; 5:17; 10:21; John 1:12-13; 3:1-15, 34; 14:12; 15:26-27; 16:7-15; Acts 2:14-21; 4:29-30; 10:38; Romans 8:9; 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:7-13; 12:28-31; 14:1-33; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Galatians 3:1-5; Ephesians 1:13-14; 5:18)

The Sovereignty of God’s Grace in Saving Sinners

We affirm that God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world, not on the basis of foreseen faith but unconditionally, according to his sovereign good pleasure and will.

We believe that through the work of the Holy Spirit, God will draw the elect to faith in his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, graciously and effectually overcoming their stubborn resistance to the gospel so that they will most assuredly and willingly believe.

We also believe that these, the elect of God whom he gave to the Son, will persevere in belief and godly behaviour and be kept secure in their salvation by grace through faith.

We believe that God’s sovereignty in this salvation neither diminishes the responsibility of people to believe in Christ nor marginalizes the necessity and power of prayer and evangelism, but rather reinforces and establishes them as the ordained means by which God accomplishes his ordained ends.

(John 1:12-13; 6:37-44; 10:25-30; Acts 13:48; 16:30-31; Romans 3:1-4:25; 8:1-17,31-39; 9:1-23; 10:8-10; Ephesians 1:4-5; 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13; Titus 3:3-7; 1 John 1:7,9)

The Spiritual and Moral Equality of Male and Female and the Man as Responsible Servant-Leader in Both Home and Church

Both men and women are together created in the divine image and are therefore equal before God as persons, possessing the same moral dignity and value, and have equal access to God through faith in Christ. Men and women are together the recipients of spiritual gifts designed to empower them for ministry in the local church and beyond. Therefore, women are to be encouraged, equipped, and empowered to utilise their gifting in ministry, in service to the body of Christ, and through teaching in ways that are consistent with the Word of God.

Both husbands and wives are responsible to God for spiritual nurture and vitality in the home, but God has given to the man primary responsibility to lead his wife and family in accordance with the servant-leadership and sacrificial love characterised by Jesus Christ. This principle of male headship should not be confused with, nor give any hint of, domineering control. Rather, it is to be the loving, tender and nurturing care of a godly man who is himself under the kind and gentle authority of Jesus Christ.

The Elders/Pastors of each local church have been granted authority under the headship of Jesus Christ to provide oversight and to teach/preach the Word of God in corporate assembly for the building up of the body. The office of Elder/Pastor is restricted to men.

(Genesis 1:26-27; 2:18; Acts 18:24-26; 1 Corinthians 11:2-16; Galatians 3:28; Ephesians 5:22-33; Colossians 3:18-19; 1 Timothy 2:11-15; 3:1-7; Titus 2:3-5; 1 Peter 3:1-7)

A Missionary Understanding of the Local Church and its Role as the Primary Means by Which God Chooses to Establish His Kingdom on Earth

The church has a clear biblical mandate to look beyond its own community to the neighbourhood, the nation, and the world; thus, mission is not an optional program in the church but an essential element in the identity of the church.

We are called to make Christ known through the gospel and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to bring his lordship to bear on every dimension of life.

The primary way we fulfil this mission is through the planting of churches that plant churches and the training of their leaders. Our aim is that Jesus Christ would be more fully formed in each person through the ministry of those churches God enables us to plant around the world.

We also believe we are responsible neither to retreat from our culture nor to conform to it, but with humility, through the Spirit and the truth of the gospel, to engage it boldly as we seek its transformation and submission to the lordship of Christ.

(Isaiah 52:7; Matthew 10:5-25; 28:18-20; Luke 4:18-19; 24:46-47; Acts 28:31; Romans 10:14-15; 2 Corinthians 10:4-5; Galatians 2:10; Ephesians 3:10; 4:11-16; 2 Timothy 4:1-5; Hebrews 10:23-25; 1 Peter 2:4-5, 9-10)

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