Dear friends, I am writing to thank you so much for your ongoing support of Grace Baptist Partnership in Scotland. Over the last 5 years, we have seen the Lord provide for us incredibly. There were many who thought our work was impossible to sustain financially. God has provided – and that, through you. Our work is moving forward with many encouragements.
As trustees of Porta Trust we felt it right and appropriate to hold a UK Thanksgiving Service for our dear late sister Delci Santos. The service will be held at Trinity Grace Church Ramsbottom on the 25th March 2017 at 14:00.
6:31 Refreshment Ministries seeks to serve the Lord Jesus by ministering to His ministers. Training and establishing new ministers is of limited value if we don’t take care of them when they are serving the church, serving their Lord.
Keith Underhill is now producing a monthly “Pray for Kenya” prayer list to guide and encourage us in our prayer ministry for the furtherance of the gospel in Kenya. Please click on the link below to read the latest one.
Eric Liddell is an inspiring Christian figure who was notably the inspiration for the film ‘Chariots of Fire.’ ‘The Flying Scotsman’ was an Olympic gold medal winner who refused to race on the Sabbath in his best event. His principles and belief in Christ helped develop him into the extraordinary man that we profile in this video.
This day centre for the support of needy children was founded by Brazilian missionary Delci Santos in the early 1990’s. With the help of Alfredo Banzima the national president, they cater for over 350 children, feeding them, giving them medical care, teaching them basic skills, and most of all sharing God’s Word with them on a daily basis.
Sharing the gospel message with family, friends, work colleagues and neighbours can be daunting, but if we are really well prepared and we have thought carefully about our approach it can give us much more confidence. We have put together this summary as resource to help us to that end. May the Lord encourage us all to be bold and compassionate as we make known the saving power of Christ Jesus to all who are willing to listen.
For a number of years, Prof Jim Renihan has been visiting the UK encouraging us to return to our confessional roots and build churches that are distinctively Reformed Baptist, committed to the 1689 Confession. Along with a team of men over in the States, Prof Renihan has been training young men for the ministry through the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies, based at Westminster Seminary in California. Plans are now afoot to establish a stand-alone seminary based on the 1689 Confession, and we were asked to produce a short film showing our support for the project and our need for more help on this side of the Atlantic, where the Confession was born! If you would like more information, or you are interested in hearing more about the ministry of IRBS and Prof Renihan in particular, please contact us using the contact button on the website.
Hoping to reopen our very popular Mums and Tots morning soon
After over 16 years of happy service to our community through the Mums and Tots group it really was the hardest decision for us to temporarily close this very popular and successful work in December 2015. In fact, if it hadn’t been for the faithful service of a number of our elderly members we would have had to close much earlier. It has been a great joy for us as a church to facilitate this service to our community, and over the years we have made many friends and trust that all who’ve attended this group have enjoyed being with us.
We are working hard to put together a new team that can take the reins of this well-grounded and well received work to take it forward. With life being so busy for so many of us finding the right people is presenting us with some challenges, but we are determined to keep this as a priority in the life of our church and are genuinely hoping we can reopen in the near future.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you most sincerely for your support of the Trinity Grace Church Mums &Tots group – it has been a real joy getting to know you and your little ones. We want to express heartfelt gratitude for your support, especially to those who have attended for many years.
On behalf of the eldership, and all at Mums&Tots.
The Art of Encouragement
Recently, my friend and colleague here at TGCR, Tony Flanders, led us in a series of three Bible Studies entitled “The Art of Encouragement.” His words of sound Biblical counsel and exhortation were a great blessing to the church. You can listen to the messages on Sermonaudio, and you will find a summary of his points on our Text Messages page. May the Lord fill our churches with much-needed “Sons of Encouragement”. Pastor Oliver.
Is prayer a gift granted to some Christians, but not others?
Is prayer answered on the basis of our good performance, or God’s good grace?
Is prayer for those who have earned a hearing with God, or for those who know they will never earn anything from God, least of all answers to our prayers?
Is prayer something we need to ration and limit because God might run out of patience with our requests, or run out of resources to answer us?
Is prayer to be offered up hesitatingly and doubtfully, wondering if we will be heard, or confidently and with assurance in Christ’s name, knowing that He will answer?
Let Leith Samuel answer these questions in the word of his hymn:
Mercy in our time of failure,
grace to help in time of need:
this sure promise of our Saviour
is a word that we may plead.
He has passed into the heavens,
He is seated on the throne,
ever for us interceding,
always caring for His own.
There is none He will not welcome,
no request He cannot meet;
let us not be slow to ask Him,
lay our burdens at His feet.
We can never come too often,
never with a need too great,
never with a prayer too simple;
only fear to come too late!
Daily on our pilgrim journey
praise Him for His matchless grace,
live for His immortal glory
till in heaven we see His face.
c Mrs E Samuel
Pilgrim Bible Notes
Now Available Online
Many of us have found Alec Taylor’s Bible Notes to be a great blessing over the years. We warmly commend them to all our readers. We print a number of copies for our own church members and would be happy to send you hard copies – just email us using the contact button on the homepage and we’ll let you know the cost. Alternatively, you can access present, past and future notes on the God’s Glory Our Joy website at http://ggoj.org.uk/pilgrim-bible-notes/download
Trinity Grace Church
The Beliefs page, here you can find out what we believe either in brief or in full. For the brief version look at our doctrinal basis, or if you want a more comprehensive statement, read our church constitution, or access a copy of the 1689 Confession. Alternatively, you will find answers to key questions such as, “What is a Christian Church?”
Testimonies, On this page you can read how the lives of real people in our church have been transformed through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. If you click on A to Z, you will be taken to a page containing many quotations from the Bible on issues that we all face in our lives day by day. Finally, you could try our Community page. Here you can read about our pastoral care programme for both young and old; our youth and children’s ministry; and our outreach into the local community.
Above all, contact us, talk to us, visit us, and allow us to serve you in whatever way we can, all FREE OF CHARGE. Since the Lord Jesus has loved us with an everlasting love, we want to share that with you; we want to bless you in His name.
Do something today that might change everything forever.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
Hope to see you and your family in the church very soon!