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!
Deception – the art of Satan
We all have pet fears – I expect for some of us that will include being scammed. Perhaps we have heard about a pensioner who answered an ad about how to invest wisely in old age and ended up being fleeced of their entire life savings; or someone who paid a large deposit upfront for a new driveway, after which the company vanished into thin air; or the phone call which convinced someone to divulge their bank details, after which their account was quickly emptied. And there are many other examples we could think of.
Deception is something we have become used to in everyday life. But what about in the spiritual realm? Now we are not just talking about bank accounts or life savings, but our very souls – which can’t be valued in monetary terms, because they have an eternal dimension whose value lies far beyond the buying power of earthly currencies.
Jesus asks, ‘What good is it for someone to gain the whole world yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?’ (Mark 8: 36-37) We know instinctively what he means – that our souls are more important than any earthly wealth, and that we should pay careful attention to their eternal security.
Today, banks, financial institutions and government agencies all warn us to be on our guard against the scammers. If we take these warnings seriously (and of course we absolutely should), how much more should we pay attention to warnings about our eternal destiny, and the arch-deceiver, Satan himself, who has pitted his entire resources into deceiving us that he might steal our very souls?
This will be the subject for our next three Sunday mornings. (starting August 19th)
Please make it a priority to be with us if at all possible – it could be the best investment of your time that you will ever make…honestly!