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 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!
New Sunday Morning Series
Starts 8th April
Christians living in modern Babylon
(the first letter of Peter)
Our new series starts on Sunday 8th April and we will be looking at the first letter of
This is the same person who appears in the gospels as the disciple of Jesus, Simon Peter.
He is the leader of the 12 disciples, and the most vocal and forward of them – but who always seems to ‘mess up’.
This letter is probably written about 30 years after the events recorded in the gospels. Peter is a much-changed man, after half a lifetime in Christ’s service. He has learned so much – not least, how to interpret and use the Old Testament. He is most probably writing from Rome, which he refers to as ‘Babylon’ (1 Peter 5:13) – immediately recalling for us what we have been hearing about in Isaiah, where the Jews are pictured in exile in ancient Babylon in the 6th century BC.
Peter is writing to Christians in Asia Minor (the area we now call Turkey). They were beginning to come under pressure from the world around them, so Peter reminds them of the nature of the salvation they have received, and encourages them to work out how this should translate into practice when the going gets tough.
As we come under increasing pressure ourselves from the modern Babylon that is western culture today, we will find much here to instruct and encourage us, so that we can continue to walk in the way marked out for us by Christ.