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:
Starts 22nd May
Christ the controversialist
(Matthew chapters 11-12)
Matthew has given us Jesus’s great manifesto in the Sermon on the Mount (chapters 5-7), and further evidence of his Messiahship in chapters 8-9. In chapter 10 we saw him commissioning his disciples, warning them of the opposition they should expect. Now in chapters 11 & 12 we see some of this opposition to Jesus taking shape, initially in the misunderstandings people have about him (even among his supporters), but also in the hardened stubbornness of the many who refuse to recognise who he is, and that his coming requires from them a deep repentance from sin and a radical profession of allegiance to him as Messiah.
Whichever category we fall into, Christ will always be controversial in our lives, because he is the man from heaven who is so at odds with everything about the fallen humanity we find in this world, which is the pattern we are used to.
So, are we prepared to listen to what he has to say to us? Will we allow his words to take real root in our lives, challenging us and changing us, so that we become people who, instead of misunderstanding or opposing him, are being made more like him? As Jesus said, “…whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.” (Matt. 12: 50) Will that be us?