Bishopsgate Evangelical Church
Founded in 1894 (an F.I.E.C. affiliated church)
Kings Lane (near the Sun Inn), Englefield Green, Surrey, TW20 0UE
Church car park opened 1/2 hour before services
Refreshments served after most services and events
Morning Service 10.30 a.m with facilities for children with their parents in church.
Monthly Fellowship teas at 5.00 p.m.or lunches soon after the morning service on some Sundays followed by a DVD or a missionary talk. The next tea date is to be decided.
The weekly Thursday evening meetings are have been recently held in members' houses for Bible Study and Prayers at 7.30 p.m. Please see the details about the next Bible Study which is on Thursday 23rd January in the Bible Study section below,
Tels:01784 435578, 01784 431363, 01784 434530
Hymn Books: Christian Hymns, Mission Praise, Redemption Hymnal
Sunday Speakers (church members and attendees, unless otherwise stated)
5th Ron Russell - Holy Communion
12th Ray Murden
19th Peter Dobson
26th Rev. Paul Pease. Hook Evangelical Church
The next meeting is at 7.30 p.m. followed with prayers on Thursday 23rd January at 17 Vegal Crescent, Englefield Green. TW20 0PZ
The Bible Study is in Hebrews Chapter 11.
ABOUT BISHOPSGATE EVANGELICAL CHURCH
Bishopsgate Evangelical Church warmly welcomes you to its Sunday and weekday meetings. The Church was established at the end of Kings Lane in 1894 by Mrs. Nicholson, the wife of the Vicar of Egham, primarily as a mission Church to workers on the Windsor Great Park Estate and Englefield residents. She also set up other small Churches in the district. Her vision was to bring the Gospel of Christ to all in the neighbourhood. The Church’s aim is to continue to be obedient to Christ in fulfilling that vision. The Church became affiliated to F.I.E.C.(The Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches) in 2011. Its website addess is: fiec.org.uk. where you can find its statement of faith.
What we believe
We believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is, by His death and resurrection, the sole Saviour of mankind. We also believe in the Divine inspiration, authority, and complete sufficiency of the Bible for all that we do.
What we do
We meet regularly on Sunday mornings to worship God. The preaching is Bible-based, and there is a strong emphasis on the fundamental truths concerning Christ, the Gospel and the Bible. A Sunday School class for children of reading age up to 12 years with their parent(s) at church is held during the latter part of the service; Bible study followed by prayer is held every Thursday evening. The Church has an outreach evangelistic programme to the locality and supports missionaries and Christian mission societies. Please contact the Church if you would like to be visited.
What form does our worship service take?
The Sunday morning service is straightforward. Time is given for well-constructed hymns, prayers, Bible reading, notices and an offering, a sermon, and on some Sundays an open-time of prayer. We use ‘Christian Hymns’ ‘Mission Praise’ ' Redemption Hymnal' and occasionally we sing hymns from other sources or new Christian songs. Holy Communion is held monthly. Most sermons are on particular Bible passages or themes, and sometimes missionaries visit and report on their work.
How is the Church run?
The Church is led by experienced Christians. There is no appointed minister, and outside speakers often preach at the Church. There is a library with a comprehensive selection on Christian books and DVDs, and also Christian literature.
We would be pleased to visit you at your home or at a suitable venue. If you have any questions about Jesus, the Christian Faith or the Church, and also if your have any problems you would like help with and to discuss with us, then please let us know.
What is a Christian?
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
In Christendom there is a plethora of denominations whose members would claim to be Christians. Each of the denominations would most likely advocate that they best follow Jesus Christ compared to the rest but clearly they cannot all be right as there are diverse practices and significant doctrinal differences between some of them. Whilst some churches may cooperate with other churches having different persuasions for common causes, others do not for a variety of reasons.
It’s interesting that there were no denominations in the early church; the believers were ‘all one in Christ’ (1). Jesus strongly encourages non-sectarian behaviour and love between all Christians. It is vital, therefore, for us to grasp fully what a Christian is to avoid travelling along an erroneous spiritual road in life and end up in a denomination which fails to espouse properly the cause of Christ.
In order to answer the question 'What is a Christian?' we need to understand the character of God our Creator, and His Kingdom. This Kingdom is a divine realm that is essential to be entered into in order to fulfil the purposes of God’s creation. These purposes are marvellous and eternal. The divine realm requires the regenerating divine life of Christ, and only Christ (2), for entry. God has no other route for man to enter into His Kingdom. There are many religions in the world that claim to teach a way for man to enter Heaven but, except for Christianity, they are all made by man. They have a common feature of being based on fear and teach that man seeks God by his own efforts. The teaching is flawed, because the barrier for entry, namely our sins, is not properly addressed and dealt with. Christianity is based on love where God first seeks man to deal with his problem of sin (3).
A Christian has the immense privilege of being adopted into God’s family as one of God’s children (4) He has experienced and continues to experience the regeneration of his character by the work of the Holy Spirit. This regeneration is the termination of his old worldly life with all of its sinful deeds, and the germination in this world of a new creation within the divine life. This regeneration is absolutely drastic as the natural man cannot enter into the Kingdom, precisely because God is holy and he is not. Man’s sins disqualify him from entry no matter how good he thinks he is (5). If the problem of sin in his life is not dealt with, all that he has left when he leaves this world is judgement, and hell (6). The Christian has been enabled by God to make that vital transition from being a sinner and having a self-centred life to being a participator in the Kingdom of God. How do we do this?
Firstly, we need to confess to God that we have rebelled against Him and that our sins render us powerless to master them.
Secondly, we need to repent of our sins and ask Him to forgive us through the only means He has given us, that is through the finished work of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ on the Roman cross. There Jesus was crucified and died for our salvation. He chose to do this because He loves us, and wants us to be in His Kingdom as adopted sons with all the blessings that go with it. The just punishment for all our sins was executed upon Him. His triumph over sin and death is shown by His resurrection from the grave and His acension back to Heaven
Thirdly, we need to believe in Christ and to accept the facts of what He has done for us. This is an objective exercise, but more important than this is the subjective experience of receiving His redeeming life in our hearts by believing into Him by the faith He gives us. We become dead to the old life and our new lives then are Christ-centred (7).
The Christian demonstrates this new life by putting God first in his life. He is fully identified with Christ, His purposes and with other Christians in corporate activity – that is the true Christ-centred church that promotes sound Biblical doctrines, and by being obedient in witness and service to others. He experiences the peace of God, and has a right prayerful relationship with Him that leads finally to the joyous eternal life He has prepared for us. He comes to understand that the Bible, the Living Word of God, is the only effective guide book for his life, and ideas and teaching outside the Bible have little place for his spiritual growth. He develops spiritual discernment to deal with sin and false teaching. He is fully aware of the tragic lost estate of the unbeliever who faces judgement without the Saviour, and endeavours to tell him the Gospel, God’s power for salvation. He can say as with Paul the Apostle,
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing." (8)
1 Gal 3:28. 2 Matt. 7:21-23; 12:30, 25:1-13; Rev. 3:16. 3John 14:6, Acts 4:12.
4 Rom. 8:15-16. 5 Romans 3:23. 6 Prov. 16:25, Matt. 19:16-17, Rom 3:23. 7 Heb. 9:27, Rev.20:15. 82 Tim 4:7,8.
If you have questions about being a Christian and the Christian life, we would be most pleased to help you. Do get in touch with us at Bishopsgate Evangelical Church, Kings Lane, Englefield Green. Tel: 01784 435578 or 01784 431363
The Good News is,'Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners'. 1 Timothy 1:15