Who we are
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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 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 600 like-minded churches in the UK, with whom we work together, in particular to organise joint events, conferences etc.
We believe God’s promises in the Bible are all genuine, and that when Jesus says, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full", He is able to deliver! We have found that all God’s promises in the Bible in some way find their fulfilment in Jesus Christ, Who is the person God has appointed as Head of the Church. He is the person we worship, and the Head of our local church.
These promises have become real in our lives. We are a group of quite ordinary people who have experienced the transforming power of Jesus Christ in our lives, and believe that if God can do that for the sort of people we were, He can do it for anyone! Our vision is for many more people in Exmouth and this part of East Devon to come to share in this goodness from God – of sins forgiven and a new life in Christ!
We believe that God gives each individual who comes to faith a new purpose in his or her life, and leads us daily by his Holy Spirit, who lives within us, changing us from the inside to be more like Jesus Christ. But we are not just individuals – he has also placed us in a community of fellow-believers, so we grow together in our knowledge of God and our obedience to Him, as we learn from Him in the Holy Scriptures and put into practice what we learn. We want to become a community where God’s command to love each other is shown more and more clearly as we grow in faith!
This new community is also one that wants to reach out to others, to share the tremendous riches that God has given us. The Bible says that God wants everyone to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth, so we want to do our utmost to help people to turn away from going their own way and to come to know Him for themselves. Exmouth is a lovely location on God’s earth in many ways, but most people living here (as elsewhere in the UK) are ignorant of God and have no time for him. We want to persuade them otherwise!
Wherever possible we want to work with other churches that share the same convictions about the truth of God that we find in the Bible; that is, the teachings given by God to the Old Testament prophets, and then confirmed and fulfilled by Jesus, who taught these to his disciples, whom he designated apostles; and it is from them that we have received the apostolic teachings which make up Scripture, and which, when faithfully taught, enable a church to become the pillar and foundation of the truth.*
None of this would be possible without God’s help, and we believe that He gives us this through a very special gift - His own Holy Spirit, poured into the lives of believers to bring a real experience of life, of joy, of hope and of faith to everyone who confesses his or her sin and turns in faith to Christ. The Holy Spirit makes the Christian life an exciting journey of faith in God’s service!
Taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34: 8)
Jesus said, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink." (John 7: 37)
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*A statement of our full doctrinal position can be found on the FIEC website (Opens a new window).
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