We are an independent evangelical church meeting in Harborough and serving the town and surrounding villages. We believe the Bible to be God’s word and that only God can rescue us from the rebellion that each human being displays. He has done this by sending Jesus, his Son, to die for our wrongdoing. Our church is entirely funded by members who elect elders to lead us.
Our message is summarised in the five Bible verses that are written on the town's Old Grammar School - which is also our church symbol. The school was built in 1614 by local businessman Robert Smyth who wanted each boy in the town to learn Latin and receive a copy of the Bible. Here are the five verses together with a brief explanation of how each one captures an aspect of the Christian faith.The Bible verses are in older language than we would use, but still make sense if you read them carefully.
For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7
God sees us as we really are, not as we pretend to be. He sees our motives and thoughts, as well as our actions. And we all have an ugly streak, something the Bible calls sin.
For by grace are ye saved through faith and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
However, there is good news too. God offers us a free gift: he sent his Son, Jesus, to die in our place and save us from the anger of God we all deserve. We can’t earn this rescue ourselves by things we do, it’s his grace. We just need to accept God’s present by turning away from our sin, and receiving his gift gratefully.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6.33
Turning to God is not a one-time thing. Being a Christian is about constantly seeking God and his kingdom. Then he wonderfully promises to give us all that we need to live well. That doesn’t mean we will have easy lives. But it does mean God is a Father who cares and provides for us.
I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord. Psalm 122:1
God also gives us a new family: the church. We’d love you to visit our church and discover the joy of belonging. Come and see us!
Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it. Psalm 127:1
Don’t worry! Our church is not made up of perfect people. Instead, it’s made up of those who know that without God we are nothing at all.
Whoever you are, you can receive this free gift of salvation today. Robert Smyth knew it all those years ago. He didn’t hide the story and it’s why he had those verses put on the school building. Get in touch or visit and we’d love to help you take the next step.
Here are four different things you could do next.
Do you believe this message? Why not use these words to pray to God?
Lord Jesus, I believe that you rose from the dead. I call on your name and ask you to save me. I acknowledge you as my king and my God. I repent of my sins. I will stop living for myself and start worshiping you. Thank you for your promise to forgive my sins. I will declare my faith in you in public. Please help me to live for you by your Holy Spirit. Amen.
It's good to tell someone you've made this commitment. Feel free to drop us a line to let us know. Use the email link below.
Read on your own
Why not read Luke's story of the life of Jesus (called a gospel)? You can do this for free by downloading a Bible app. We suggest you search for the YouVersion app in the Apple Store or Google Play store. Then download the NIV Anglicised translation and search for Luke. You can also listen to actor David Suchet, himself a Christian, read the text out.
Read with someone else
Sometimes it's easier to read the Bible with someone else, and we'd love to do this with you. Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be in touch to arrange something.
Talk to someone
If you'd like to talk to someone, why not drop us a line. We'd love to chat - even if it is just over the phone for the moment. Drop us a line by email using email@example.com or call us and leave a message on 01858 322 326. We'll get right back to you.