Who are we?
Scott Drive is an independent evangelical church affiliated to the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC).
Church simply means that we are a group of believers who meet together to worship God through His divine Son, Jesus Christ.
Independent means we run our own affairs – there is no higher human
organisation in charge of us which takes our money or tells us what to do! However, we do believe that Jesus Christ is the Head of our church, and we are under His authority – we are not independent of Him!
We also believe in the inter-dependence of gospel churches, which is one
reason why we belong to an association known as FIEC (see link below) and
work with gospel-centred churches from other denominations in the Peninsula Gospel Partnership.
Evangelical means we believe in the original gospel message that Jesus gave
to his disciples (‘evangel’ is another word for gospel).
We find the record of this gospel in the Bible, which we believe was inspired by God so that generations after Christ could still receive His message.
The word ‘church’ has actually got nothing to do with a building, it just means a congregation!
For many centuries after Christ, most churches had no buildings of their own,
and met mostly in homes or hired buildings.
We are fortunate today to own a building in Scott Drive – but the real church
is the people!
The FIEC is a group of about 500 like-minded churches in the UK, with whom we work together, in particular to organise joint events, conferences etc.
Visit our Vision page to read more about what we are about!
We meet at
10.30am each Sunday
Visit Services and Sermons page for details
of other services and meetings
New Sunday morning series
Apocalypse now, then, & yet to come!
(Revelation chapters 4-22)
The Book of Revelation is one of the most
awe-inspiring books of the Bible – witness the very impressive tapestries recently displayed in Exeter
Cathedral, which are all scenes taken from the Book. There are pictures of dragons, angels, horsemen, locusts and other beasts; cosmic ‘signs’, earthquakes, plagues; and dramatic events heralded by trumpets – all of which fire the imagination, as they did for Jacqui Parkinson, the creator of the textile exhibition.
But the Book of Revelation is also one of the least understood in the Bible, due mainly to the apocalyptic language it uses. Apocalyptic is a type of literature that was in use during the 1st Century AD – much like today we have ‘science fiction’ or ‘fantasy’ literature, which would have been unknown to the people of the Apostle John’s day, and as much a mystery to them as ‘apocalyptic’ is to us (although, come to think of it, they may well have found themselves on strangely familiar ground reading Harry Potter!).
However, the Book of Revelation is not meant to be a riddle that we cannot understand. Just as when Jesus spoke in parables, there is a message which all need to hear – but some will not understand, because spiritually they are ‘deaf’. Our responsibility is to come with ears that are humbly and prayerfully attuned to God, asking him for grace from heaven to have our eyes opened to what his word has to say to us today.
Revelation is a sort of text book of world history, but it is different from any history text book you will find in schools, because it understands history from a spiritual
perspective – the view from heaven, if you like; and it also looks into the future, as well as depicting the present and the past. It was written at a time when the Roman Empire was reaching its zenith, with the Emperor himself assuming god-like status, and Christians were facing great opposition. The Book was addressed to them (the letters to the seven churches, chapters 1-3), but, like all Scripture, it is also timeless, and through it God the Holy Spirit speaks to the Church in all ages.
May that be our experience too!