KNOW: Who is God?

As members of the Grace Church Leith community, our first goal is to know God: to believe in who He is and what He has done. We do this by constantly seeking to study, understand, and apply the gospel. We encourage each other to ask questions, voice doubts, engage with the Bible, and seek God in prayer. We do this primarily through regular, scheduled times of studying God’s Word together as a gospel community and regular times of worshipping Him together through singing and prayer. 

Grace Church Leith, Edinburgh

Grace Church Leith, Edinburgh

LIVE: Who are we?

Because of who God is and what He has done for us in the gospel, we are a changed people. We are not individuals living for ourselves, but rather we are a community, living for God and for others. Our community is gospel-centred and people-centred, and we seek to live out the grace we’ve been shown as we love each other and the larger community around us. We strive to be transparent and honest with one another, refusing to let our relationships remain superficial, and letting every aspect of our individual and communal lives be transformed by the gospel. Our shared relationship with Jesus means that we share our lives with each other, not just a common belief.  

We do this primarily through spending time with each other—scheduled and unscheduled, meeting one-to-one and in larger groups. It can look like anything from sharing a meal to sharing a walk to work, meeting for a play date, or helping put up a shelf or paint a room. We are intentional about leaving room in our schedule for spontaneity--for last minute get-togethers and chances to show hospitality. It means we share in hard times as well as good ones, seeking to reflect the grace Christ has shown us. And ultimately, it impacts the way we make decisions as individuals, families, and a community, because we recognise that we are one body in Christ, and we want to benefit the body as a whole.

Grace Church Leith, Edinburgh

Grace Church Leith, Edinburgh

serve: how should we live?

Because we are a community changed by God’s grace to us in Jesus, we don’t live for ourselves anymore. Our community exists to love and serve God and our city. We seek to effectively engage with the culture, and be fully involved in the life of Leith, as far as possible while still honouring Jesus. We do this because we want the same grace that we have received to be poured out on our city. We love Leith, and we seek to proclaim God’s gospel of hope through the words we say and the way we live, so that its people can have a new and living relationship with Him. We want to identify our individual and collective gifts and use them for Leith’s benefit. This means, as much as possible, we work, volunteer, serve, build, and live our lives in Leith.

Grace Church Leith, Edinburgh

Grace Church Leith, Edinburgh

What we believe

This is the wonderful news of the gospel, that the God who created the world loved us enough to send His Son. Jesus lived and died and rose again in order to save us from our sin and from death. By trusting Jesus to save us, we now have a right relationship with God and are promised an eternal life of joy in His presence.

Our Statement of Faith below gives the specifics of what we believe. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions. We would be more than happy to discuss those with you.

Grace Church Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland

Grace Church Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland

The Bible

While God has revealed Himself through His creation, it is through His Word, the Bible, that He reveals His plan for the salvation of His people. God has revealed himself and his promises in the Bible, which consists of the Old and New Testaments alone. Every word was inspired by God through human authors, so that the Bible as originally given is in its entirety the Word of God, without error and fully reliable in fact and doctrine. The Bible alone speaks with final authority and is always sufficient for all matters of belief and practice. The Bible is relevant to every culture and time, and it is to be diligently studied and faithfully obeyed by believers.

God

There is only one God, who exists eternally in three distinct but equal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. God is unchangeable in his holiness, justice, wisdom and love. He is the almighty Creator, Saviour, and Judge. He hates all sin and does not allow sin to go unpunished. He alone has power to forgive sins, and He is sovereign in the election, salvation and preservation of his people in Christ and who sustains and governs all things, all history and all existence according to his sovereign will for his own glory. 

The Human Race

All men and women, being created in the image of God, have inherent and equal dignity and worth. Their greatest purpose is to love, worship, obey, and enjoy God. As a result of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, every aspect of human nature has been corrupted and all men and women are without spiritual life, guilty sinners and hostile to God. Every person is therefore under the just condemnation of God and needs to be forgiven, and reconciled to God in Christ in order to know and be in right relationship with Him.

The Lord Jesus Christ

The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God and fully man. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of a virgin, and lived a sinless life in obedience to the Father. He taught with authority and all his words are true. On the cross he died in the place of sinners, bearing God’s punishment for their sin, redeeming them by his blood. He rose from the dead and in his resurrection body ascended into heaven where he is exalted as Lord of all. He intercedes for his people in the presence of the Father. Only Jesus Christ can rescue us from sin and put us back in right relationship with God. Therefore, salvation is in and through the Lord Jesus Christ alone.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Trinity. He has been sent from heaven to glorify Christ and to apply his work of salvation to God’s people. He convicts sinners, imparts spiritual life and gives a true understanding of the Scriptures, for he inspired all Scripture and speaks in Scripture to us today. He indwells all believers, brings assurance of salvation and, while believers still battle personal and corporate sin, the Spirit progressively produces in believers increasing likeness to Christ. He builds up the Church and empowers its members for worship, service and mission.

The Church

The Lord Jesus Christ is the one true head of the Church, His body, which consists of all believers throughout all time and in all places. The universal church is made visible in local churches, which are communities of believers who are committed to each other for the worship of God and the establishment of His Kingdom. This is accomplished through the preaching of the Word, the administering of the sacraments of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, pastoral care and discipline, mutual love and encouragement, calling all people to repentance and faith in the gospel of Christ, and equipping believers for works of mercy and justice in the world that demonstrate God’s care over all creation. The unity of the body of Christ is expressed within and between churches by mutual love, care and encouragement. True fellowship between churches exists only where they are faithful to the gospel. 

The Future

The Lord Jesus Christ will return in glory. He will raise the dead and judge the world in righteousness. Those who have rejected Christ will be sent to eternal punishment and those who have accepted Christ will be welcomed into a life of eternal joy in fellowship with God in the promised New Creation. God will make all things new and will be glorified in all things forever.

Minister, Athole Rennie.

Minister, Athole Rennie.

ATHOLE RENNIE

MINISTER

Athole was born in the Highlands and grew up in central Scotland. He trained at Oak Hill Theological College in London before completing further study at Edinburgh University. Athole is married to Rosalynd and they have three children, Erskine, Grace and Abigail. In his spare time he enjoys playing and watching football! 

Email: athole@gracechurchleith.org


Ministry Assistant, Katherine Sced.

Ministry Assistant, Katherine Sced.

KATHERINE SCED

Ministry ASSISTANT

Katherine was born and brought up in north Edinburgh. Katherine returned to Leith in 2011 after completing a degree in physiotherapy at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Katherine began working for Grace Church Leith in 2012. Her role includes women's ministry and providing administrative support to the church leadership. She recently completed a course in biblical counselling through Oak Hill Theological College, London.

Email: info@gracechurchleith.org

Acts 29, A29 Scotland, Edinburgh, church plant

Acts 29, A29 Scotland, Edinburgh, church plant

 

 

ACTS 29

Grace Church Leith belongs to the Acts 29 church planting network.


Free Church of Scotland, Edinburgh

Free Church of Scotland, Edinburgh

 

FREE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND

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Redeemer City to City, Scotland, Edinburgh, church plant

 

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