Christians & the Church

What is the Church? People sometimes ask whether we go to church, or what church we belong to, but what is the church?

What the Church isn’t

The church is not a building. That is the place where believers meet. It is not defined by a country, like ‘The Church of England’ or ‘The Church of Scotland’. If you look at some organisations that call themselves the church you will see that what they are cannot be found anywhere in the Bible. Those organisations cannot be the church can they?

What the Church is

The Bible speaks of a church as a group of people who gather together to worship the God of the Bible. These people have turned away from their sin and put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. They believe that He lived the life they should have lived, and that He died the death they deserve to die. They have received Him as their Saviour.

These people normally get baptised to show that they have already been washed from their sin, and that they have begun a new and clean life.

They then find other believers and meet with them. These believers commit to each other and encourage each other. They have pastors who teach them from the Bible. They meet normally on Sunday, because it is the day when they celebrate that their Saviour is alive. Their meetings are simple and serious. They pray, sing songs of praise to God, listen to the Bible being read and they listen to the Bible being taught. They then go into their working week to live out their lives by being good people, good workman, good family members and good neighbours.

Do all Christians go to Church?

In the Bible it says that believers should not avoid meeting together because the reason we do this is to worship the Lord and to encourage each other. Some people think they can call themselves Christian but they never meet with other believers. You can search the Bible from beginning to end and you will not find anyone who like that. True Christians are part of the church, and they gather into local churches. It is what the Lord wants us to do.

It is the safest way for us to grow as Christians. We can worship and witness together like a family.

What’s new

We have some brand new resources that we're excited to share with you. Browse the latest ones below, or click 'See all resources' to see everything in one place.

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  • The 5 pillars of the Christian Faith

    What do Christians believe? There are 5 foundational teachings based on the letters of the word F A I T H.

    Read it here
  • Can the Old Testament be trusted historically

    Dr Pete Williams gives evidence for the reliability of the Old Testament account of history

    Watch it here
  • A skeptical look at Atheism

    Professor McIntosh

    Watch it here
  • Science and Christianity

    3 video presentation from Professor Steve Taylor: Science and Christianity: (1) Friends or Foes? (2) Accident or design? (3) Can science lead away from atheism?

    Watch the first video here
  • Things God wants us to know

    Are there things God wants us to know? This book leads to some definite conclusions.

    Read it here
  • “The Atheist Delusion” video…

    Did nothing really create everything? Watch these interviews with atheists, and where those interviews lead?

    Watch it here
  • Has the Bible been changed?

    Who changed it? When? How? What was changed? and Why? These questions need answering if this allegation is to be proven true.

    Read it here
  • What does the Word of God (Injil) say about Jesus the Messiah?

    The former prophets spoke of one Messiah who was to come. Jesus was the Messiah. Do the former prophets and the Injil agree about who Jesus was and is? Do they agree about why he came and what he would do?

    Read it here
  • Is Muhhamed mentioned in the Bible?

    This booklet examines three main passages that are referred to as supposed predictions of the coming of Muhammad.

    Read it here
  • Grill a Christian

    Answers to tough questions about Christianity, God and the Bible

    Read it here
  • Is Biblical Creation good science (Professor Stuart Burgess)

    Many have argued that science not only disproves the Bible, but that Biblical Creation is bad science. Think it through with Professor Stuart Burgess

    Watch it here
  • Before you say, “I don’t believe”

    an earnest plea to consider a little of the evidence for Christian belief

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  • The Atheist Delusion

    Interviews with atheists... where do they lead?

    Watch it here
  • What’s your problem?

    What's the problem? Religion? War? Famine? Me? Is there a solution? Watch the video for a serious answer to a sincere question.

    Watch it here

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