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.
IRBS UK Study Week, Doctrine of God with James Dolezal, May 2024
IRBS UK is pleased to have Dr James Dolezal, associate professor of theology in the School of Divinity at Cairn University in Langhorne, PA teach Doctrine of God in May 2024.
This course will consider the doctrine of God (theology proper) by examining God’s existence and
attributes, his triunity, and his acts of decree, creation, and providence. The contrast between classical Christian theism and its modern alternatives will be given special attention.
Spaces are limited in order to facilitate discussion and personal engagement in the classes, so be sure to make your booking as soon as possible to secure your place.
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Delighting In The Lord’s Day
The Pharisees made a list of 39 [Sabbath] prohibitions instead of 39 privileges. Isn’t it interesting that instead of seeing the miraculously healed man and rejoicing, they only saw his rolled-up mat and recoiled in anger? Isn’t it interesting that instead of praising the miracle worker, “they persecuted Jesus for breaking one of their rules” (John 5:16)? Why? Because a pharisaical view of the Sabbath is focused on the prohibitions not the privileges of the Lord’s Day. Shouldn’t we approach each Lord’s Day with... [an] attitude of anticipation? Shouldn’t we be so enraptured by the covenant love of God for us sinners, by the pleasure of communing with our creator, the relief of resting in the finished work of Christ, the delight of corporate singing, the joy of Christian fellowship, the peace and power that come through the teaching of God’s word and the preaching of the gospel that our ordinary work and play would naturally fade into the background? David sang, “I was glad when they said to me ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD’” (Psalm 122:1)! But are you? Are your children? Or is your heart overcast by the prohibitions of the day? Are you so upset about the things God’s forbidden you can’t see and savor the things he’s inviting you to do and the promises he’s made to you?
Peers Attack “Conversion Therapy” Bill, February 2024
The Christian Institute writes: Thank you for praying for Friday’s Lords debate on Baroness Burt’s Bill to ban ‘conversion therapy’. Thank you also for writing to Peers.
We have been working with Peers in the weeks leading up to the debate, providing legal briefings and research.
Two-thirds of those who spoke opposed the Bill. There were excellent speeches from across the political spectrum, often from Peers who have not agreed with Christians on other issues. We still have a long way to go in fighting this issue, but we give thanks to God that good arguments are being heard.
We’ve put together brief highlights from a few of the speeches in a short video.
Every Church Is A Christocracy
Could it be that one reason so many churches seem to be making so little difference in the world today is because we have lost sight of the kingship of Christ? He is Lord. He is Head of the church. God has raised Him from the dead and made Him head over all things for the church. We carry out our marching orders to make disciples because all authority belongs to Him and we are His ambassadors.
Pastors and elders must teach their congregations to recognize every true church is a Christocracy. We do what we do in obedience to our Lord. We conduct our affairs and carry out His mission in the Name of our King Jesus. Perhaps, as the Lord grants us grace and courage to live this way, we will, like the early church before us, have reason to be charged with turning our world upside down.
Children Need The Law AND The Gospel
If parents are going to bring their children up “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4), then they should understand the role of both the law and the gospel in that task. The former reveals to us God’s all-encompassing will and the latter reveals to us His all-sufficient provision for sinners who violate that will.
Chinese New Year – state targets Christian families
Bob Fu is the president and founder of RI partner ChinaAid. He says one mother was teaching her five children at home about literature, maths and religion, when she found herself surrounded by police and arrested.
‘She learned that her husband had reported her faith. You can only imagine the kind of trauma this is causing right inside the family.’
RI’s partners say the Church in China is undergoing the most severe persecution since the Cultural Revolution of the 1960s. They report: ‘The Communist Party is cracking down on the church across the board. It has declared war against Christianity.’ The principal tool in China’s armoury is surveillance technology. According to ChinaAid, the population of 1.3 billion people are under constant surveillance by 2.5 billion face-recognition cameras. ‘Every Chinese citizen is followed by at least two digital face recognition cameras every day, 24 hours a day, combined with big-data technology.’
Keith Underhill Prayer Letter February 2024
Keith writes: I have developed a relationship with Grace Reformed Baptist Church, and was last here in
November 2022 for their 10th anniversary. The connection is through Alan & Kez Kimunguyi
who were young people in the church in Nairobi and now live in Dubai. Before they came
the church was entirely Filipino and used Tagalog (90% of the UAE population are workers
from outside the country). Now they use English and the church is more multi-cultural.
Elly at Kasei Primary School Keith at Kamketo Trinity Girls Secondary
They wanted me to deal with the problem
of legalism. So for the Friday night Bible
study I took Matthew 22:34-40, emphasizing
that that being anti-legalism does not mean
antinomianism. I preached twice Sunday
morning, on the Cost and Return of
Following Jesus (Matthew 19:27-30), and on
being Ready for the Second Coming
(Matthew 25:1-13). Being so-called ‘winter’
with temperatures in the lower 20s C. we
had food in one of the parks and they
requested me to talk about courtship and
marriage with many of them unmarried and getting older.
Diary Of A Pokot Traveller
Following Oliver's recent trip to Kenya, you can find out about all the places he visited and the experiences he had in "real time" by reading through his "Diary Of A Pokot Traveller". Here you will discover many things about goats and camels, toilets and bats, chai and honey, churches and schools, ministers and wazee, marriages and families, and many other things! Most of all, we hope that you will be informed and motivated by the diary to praise God for all that has been accomplished in this needy region over the past two decades, AND to pray most earnerstly that the work will be established and progressed in the face of massive challenges and obstacles at so many levels. The honour of Christ and the future of his churches amongst a million needy people is at stake. Brethren, let us pray!
Gospel Priority In Ukraine With SGA
During a recent visit to Ukraine the SGA team had the opportunity and privilege of attending and addressing a ‘Strategy Conference’ in Irpin where over 200 pastors and ministry leaders gathered from across the country to discuss how war has impacted their work.
While there was weariness, especially from those close to the frontline there was also great excitement as they focused and discussed the best methods and means of spreading the Gospel. The challenges to ministry during wartime are huge, but these faithful servants are determined that ministry will not stop.
One of the attendees and ministry leader, Valeriy Antonyuk, has spoken of how this period in Ukraine is a very special time.
“In times of trials like this, we see how God multiplies his grace. It’s difficult but we see God at work”.
Pray that all who attended the conference will be guided by the Lord and will be able to stay focused on sharing the Gospel.
IRBS Newsletter February 2024
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Greetings in the Savior's name.
Although according to the calendar it is winter, February brings the beginning of the Spring semester. Our professors are making final preparations for their lectures and our students have begun reading assigned texts. We are all full of expectation, knowing our classes will assist us in serving Jesus and His people.
As you pray for IRBS, please ask the Lord to assist our professors and students. We want to grow in holiness and the fear of the Lord. We need a growing comprehension of Scripture, and an increased ability to communicate it to our churches.
Thank you for your continued support. The Lord is at work.
James M. Renihan,
Grace Baptist Church Kisumu January 2024
Tonny Karwa, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Kisumu, Kenya, writes: It isn’t merely enough to listen to a good or
challenging sermon. If the word of God is sweeter
than honey and drippings of honeycomb; if the word
of God is more desirable than gold, then one ought
to meditate on it day and night. One ought to chew
it like cud; ruminate and assimilate it for much
spiritual good. It is upon this background that we
have started assembling every Sunday afternoon to
meditate on what has been taught and preached on
the Lord’s Day. Later in the evening, we gather for an
hour for another worship service.
The Second London Baptist Confession of Faith (1689)
In 2011 we made the decision to officially adopt the Second London Baptist Confession (1689) as our confession of faith. We exhort you to read it.
There is always something going on here at Trinity Grace Church, learn more on our ‘What’s on’ page.
Here you can find a vast array of helpful, encouraging and edifying resources to further your understanding of the Christian faith.
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.