Ballymena Free Presbyterian Church, Northern Ireland
I went to Kari’s blog, “Let Him Hear,” yesterday and found that she had posted a sermon from one of my favorite sections of scripture. As I do so often, I got sidetracked.
I wanted to know about the preacher. His name is Rev. John Greer. I don’t remember how it happened but I stumbled on a list of his sermons, found that he is alive, and that he had given a sermon after the recent New Year entitled:
Even if you don’t read the following statements about Rev. Greer’s denomination from his church’s webpage, you really should hear this sermon. You can watch it by clicking here.
In an era when the majority of church websites say little about beliefs, I found this one refreshing. Here are a few samples of what can be found on a webpage from Rev. Greer’s church:
Contending that God’s people are “separated unto the gospel” of Christ (Romans 1:1), we are free from all association with liberalism or ecumenism. Specifically, we are separated from the World Council of Churches, the National Council of Churches, and every other form of theological compromise that would undermine the truth of Scripture.
Fundamental in Doctrine, believing in the divine authority and verbal inspiration of the Bible and the great fundamental doctrines of grace it contains. The Scriptures alone are the supreme authority in matters of faith and practice.
Evangelical in Outreach, in obedience to the great commission of Christ to “go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel”. A virile program of Gospel preaching, missionary endeavour and radio ministry is actively pursued with the great objective of leading people of every class, colour and creed to an experimental knowledge of Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord.
Presbyterian in Government, being ruled by elders and deacons chosen from the people, by the people, to serve the people. The Free Presbyterian Church stands for a born-again membership and the ministers, elders and deacons are men genuinely born-again by the Spirit of God, and dedicated to the extension of the Kingdom of Christ.
Protestant in Conviction, gladly taking its stand alongside the great Christian leaders of the Protestant Reformation. The twin pillars of Protestantism, namely a positive witness for Christ, and a protest against error, are cherished and defended.
These folks seem serious about God’s Word.
It is a wonderful thing.
Here is the church webpage describing where it “stands.”
How long have I to live? (Click on the question and scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the information.)
After reading a few of ya’ll’s (yes, this is a legit contraction) great reviews and subsequent posts, I finally heard the one on the beatitudes and was very much blessed by it. I started this one last night, but konked out. I will listen again tonight, only not so late this time. He’s a good, solid bible expositer. How come I can’t find a preacher like this here?! Is it too much to ask?!
(ahem)…I feel much better now.
I so wish you could find such a place, Pearl. Sadly, preaching like this is becoming harder to find. I’ll have to go back and listen to the sermon about the beatitutes. If it is anything like this one, it will be a blessings. I wish you the best. We have ususual weather here. My computer time has been cut down severly as a result. I may be down for awhile, but hopefully not out.
Hi Chris and Pearl!
Well, I have really been learning quite a bit from this group of preachers, so I prayed that the Lord would send a minister to my town that preaches the Bible like this. They go through rigorous training in their seminary to learn the Bible inside and out, they study church history, etc., etc. So, anyway, my husband and I wrote to them and told them that we have been praying for God to send a minster and they wrote us back right away. It wasn’t just a form letter either. I got a message from Rev Andy from Greenville, SC who encouraged us to keep praying as well as he would and that Rev McLellan from New Hampshire is going to contact us. We offered to host them in our home while they considered a church plant here. I am so very lonely for personal fellowship and a pastor to teach us the ways of the Lord. If it is God’s will, He will bring a good church to our town. There are so many people here that are suffering and lost and there is no church here to preach the Gospel. It makes me so sad.
I would appreciate prayers that the Lord sends us a minster. I’ll pray the same for you Pearl!
Until then, you guys are stuck being my church!
Hey Chris, it was 72 here today, did you get this spring weather too? What a treat from the Lord!
Your comment is encouraging and saddening at the same time. It must have been exciting to get such a response from a denomination like the one you’ve contacted. I do hope a church will be planted soon in your area. It sounds like you have the same problems that so many other towns have these days – the difficulty of finding a place to learn and worship. I will certainly remember you, your family, and your town in my prayers.
I don’t mind being “stuck” at all. My only problem is that I can’t spend as much time at our online “church” as I would like.
We have had three consecutive days of warmer than usual weather. It was supposed to get to temps like yours, but I will not complain for the ones we had (in the mid-60s I think).