We are a gathering of believers united in our love for Christ, where all are welcome to come and join us for worship, where we hear the Word of God preached faithfully. We confess the Reformed Faith as outlined in the 1689 Baptist Confession, holding to holy scripture as the only certain rule of faith and practice and seeking to glorify God in the town of Ramsbottom.
Ecclesiology Week 2021- Dr James Renihan
We are delighted that Prof. James Renihan is returning to teach his ecclesiology course October 27th to November 3rd 2021 God-willing. Go to our 1689 page for more details and to secure your place – numbers are limited.
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Pray For The Leadership In Nairobi
We thank the Lord for providing the church in Nairobi with godly leaders who are united in the work of the gospel and the cause of Christ. Please make a special commitment to pray for them as they face massive challenges and equally enormous opportunities — often is it very difficult just to make it through a single week of ministry in such a context.
As you read the update from June 2021, you will come to know the leaders a little better and get an insight into their calling, their labours and their needs. Seek the Lord’s favour upon them, and as you do think of them in their situation, seeking as you intercede to understand what they are facing and stand with them in their ministry.
Our God is good and his mercies are unfailing upon all those who seek him in truth.
Help To Recover Meaningful Conversation
Meaningful, in-person interactions have certainly been less plentiful in recent months. With some exceptions, it seems like maintaining conversations has been a challenge in the distancing circumstances. Quite a few report they now feel more awkward in interacting in this way. Having less to talk about and difficult issues to navigate does not help greatly. Arguably this was difficult enough before in an increasingly fragmented community. The most meaningful conversations are those that build us up and help us make progress in the Christian life. It may be a good time to remind ourselves how important those interactions are and how we can make best use of this kind of fellowship.
ABORTION: The Greatest Moral Evil of Our Time
We have just launched a new page on our website concerning what we believe to be the greatest moral evil of our time - ABORTION. Will you give a few moments of your time to consider the plight of the unborn, who are killed daily while we pretend to be interested in the value of human life? What hope is there for our society while such evil is perpetuated and promoted? Visit our abortion page to find out more, and in coming days we will be calling upon our readers to take action in God's name - to rise up in defence of those who cannot speak for themselves.
The Enduring Value Of A Long Sermon Series
What does a longer sermon series implicitly communicate to the household of God? That the Bible is a book that is meant to be studied! That all Scripture, like the apostle Paul indicated, is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (1 Tim. 3:16-17).
If the pastor never carefully works through long texts of Scripture, then the pastor is probably implicitly communicating to the congregation: it’s not worth it, it can’t be done, and simply be satisfied with a shallow glossing over and skimming over the Word of God.
Which is exactly the wrong message to communicate to the church. The church needs a model of a preacher studying hard texts of Scripture in its midst because the entire church should be doing the same. The church needs to be constantly challenged to study the Word of God in all its breadth and depth for therein lies the very life and love of God communicated to His people.
A Summer Update From IRBS
We continue to thank God for your prayerful support of the seminary as we quickly approach the beginning of the Fall 2021 semester. Our summer has been remarkably busy, and we are encouraged by all the exciting things that have been happening here. Last month, we held the commencement ceremony for our first Texas graduate! We congratulate Salvatore Pezzino on completing his Master of Divinity degree and pray for the Lord’s blessing on him as he steps into the eldership of Sycamore Reformed Baptist Church in East Moline, Illinois.
At commencement, Dr. Renihan announced our new hybrid academic program, as well as our new church sponsorship program; these have both generated quite a bit of interest and we are rapidly answering queries and processing applications!
Your ingenious immune system
Imagine a nation-state which regularly faces serious, even destructive, threats. In jeopardy from external forces and internal sabotage, it operates under strict martial law, with capital punishment for foreign invaders or rogue citizens. There are specialist centres for essential education and training, as well as detention centres, waste disposal facilities, and efficient transport systems.
The state ensures its own survival by ruthlessly policing its borders and neutralizing any menace. This requires surveillance and security checks. Its sophisticated identification system lets it detect and eliminate terrorists, while protecting innocent citizens. Individuals with particular skills, some at elite level, are its police, soldiers, and special operatives. High-level communication ensures coordinated responses, and pre-emptive strategies are in place to efficiently counter dangerous incursions.
All this has parallels with your body’s ingenious immune system.
Watson’s Wisdom on Prayer
Thomas Watson’s most famous work, A Body of Practical Divinity, published posthumously in 1692, consisted of 176 sermons on the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Watson was a clear writer, adept at providing memorable phrases and illustrations. He joined theological understanding with warm spirituality and piety. When he died suddenly, he was engaged in private prayer.
Watson’s wisdom lives on, especially his wisdom on prayer. Prayer was central and crucial in Watson’s understanding of Christian faith and life. He wrote that a godly person “will as soon live without food, as without prayer.” For “in prayer we draw nigh to God.” Faith is necessary in prayer: “Faith must take prayer by the hand, or there is no coming nigh to God.” “Prayer is the Key of Heaven,” said Watson, but “faith is the hand that turns it.” “Prayer without faith is unsuccessful,” Watson believed. Most simply: “A prayer that is faithless is fruitless.”
Youth Conference Podcast!
A special Trinity Grace Podcast episode previewing the upcoming youth conference on biblical worship.
WHAT WE GIVE AND RECEIVE IN GATHERING TOGETHER
What are some of the unique blessings of gathering together for worship? What have we missed when it was not available? It is not simply a matter of what we have not received personally. Our responsibility is to give just as much as receive. Primarily we give worship to God and also receive spiritual blessings. The Lord’s people are also meant to strengthen one another as one body, we are not meant to “go it alone”. One coal taken out of the fire cannot preserve its heat like those that are together in the fire.
Persecution In Nigeria
According to the latest report by the Nigerian NGO Intersociety, in the four months from January to April 2021 Nigeria ‘lost no fewer than 1,470 Christians… the highest number recorded since 2014’.
And reports just published by both the US State Department and the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) single out Nigeria as a ‘country of particular concern for tolerating severe violations of religious freedom’.
Intersociety calculate that 2,200 Nigerian Christians were abducted by jihadists between January and April this year. Of those 220 are believed to have been murdered.
The NGO say Fulani militants killed more than 800 Christians, in a conflict often simplistically characterised as clashes over resources between herders and farmers.
Their findings support research suggesting more Christians are being killed in Nigeria than anywhere else in the world.
There is always something going on here at Trinity Grace Church, learn more on our ‘What’s on’ page.
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Churches & Organisations
Here you can find the Churches and organisations we support as a fellowship. We support these works with resources which God has blessed us with and prayer for the glory of God.
Overseas / Missions
Trinity Grace Church has supported overseas missionary ministries for many years. We first began our involvement in the early 1970s and since then have expanded our gospel outreach to a needy world. We believe it is the responsibility of local churches to engage in this ministry, and we have rejoiced to play our part in the building of God’s kingdom throughout the world.