Who are we?
Scott Drive is an independent evangelical church affiliated to the Fellowship of 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 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!
New Series starting January 14th
God’s people in Babylon (Isaiah 40-48)
Over Christmas we have already seen some of the majestic prose used by Isaiah to describe the coming of the Lord’s Christ:
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah’s prophecy in the Old Testament is one of the most eloquent in the whole Bible, as he writes with soaring prose about God’s plans to send a Messiah to lead his people to inherit all the promises he has given them from the time of Abraham onwards.
Isaiah wrote at a time of crisis in the history of the little kingdom of Judah, some 300 years or so after King David. The northern kingdom of Israel was about to be swept away by the might of Assyria, and it seemed likely Judah would be engulfed too. A brave king called Hezekiah resisted the Assyrians, supported by Isaiah’s prophetic ministry. But even as the sun sets over a great victory against the Assyrians, so the shadow of Babylon falls over Jerusalem…
As we reach the beginning of chapter 40, Isaiah’s spiritual vision re-focuses on the city of Babylon, predicting its coming rise, which will overwhelm Judah and take her into captivity (this was to happen about a century and a half after the prophecy was given). Yet the words Isaiah delivers are not ones of doom and gloom, but of hope – the God who has delivered Judah into the hands of Babylon is also the God who will provide for a rescue!
This might just seem like back to square one for Israel – they made a mistake, God punished them for it, they try again to make a go of living in the Promised Land. But although Isaiah does predict a second exodus, this is no mere repeat of what happened under Moses; God’s purposes for human history have been significantly advanced by all that has happened, and his people are now more fully briefed for the coming Messiah.
As we study these chapters, there is much we can learn about our own spiritual condition, about the character of the God who reveals himself to us in the pages of Scripture, about what we can expect of the coming Messiah, and about God’s dealings with the people of this world as he predicts great events in history, and then brings them about through his sovereign power and will.
The twin cities of Babylon and Jerusalem were not only the axis on which God’s history turned in the centuries before Christ, but they also represent the destiny of mankind through all ages, even our own, as the Book of Revelation makes clear – our destiny is in one or the other (the City of Destruction, or the Celestial City, as John Bunyan described it in Pilgrim’s Progress). This is a God we need to take ever so seriously – One who so accurately predicts the future is also the One who holds our future in his hands!