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THE CHRISTIAN GOSPEL SIMPLY EXPLAINED

The Christian Gospel is set down in the parable (an illustrative story) of the Lord Jesus Christ known as The Parable of the Prodigal Son. This can be found in the Bible in Luke chapter 15, verses 11 to 32. ‘Prodigal’ means extravagant, reckless, wasteful. The prodigal son took his inheritance money, even before his father had died, and left home, going abroad in search of the so called good life. 

 

He foolishly used up all his money seeking after pleasure and ‘self-fulfilment’ (“he wasted his substance with riotous living” - Luke 15:13). Then what he least expected happened - there was a famine in the land, and he became destitute. (Non-believers often forget how quickly the earthly comforts on which they rely could be taken away from them). 

 

The wayward son could find no one to help him, and had no choice but to become the slave of a pig farmer. His task was to give scraps of barely edible rough food to the farmer’s livestock. In hunger he longed to eat the scraps himself. He came to realise his utter foolishness in having left his family home, where he would have been happy, secure and lacking nothing. At his wits’ end, he decided to travel back to his own land and to return to his father. 

 

Upon reaching the family home, he said to his father, "I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son" (Luke 15:21). The father’s response to this acknowledgement of his sinful and reckless behaviour was to joyfully welcome his son with open arms. 

 

This parable illustrates that :   

  1. All without Christ are dying of spiritual hunger. 
  2. All without Christ, as they reject God and His commandments and put their hopes in this world, will one day discover their terrible mistake. 
  3. Almighty God, our heavenly Father, will freely forgive all who repent of sin and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. 
  4. Christ died on the Cross bearing the penalty for the sins of the world, opening up the way for the non-believer to return to God the Father. 

 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

(Jeremiah 17:9)

 

 “This is a faithful saying … Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”

(1 Timothy 1:15)

 

 “Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger”

(John 6:35).

 

PENN FREE METHODIST CHURCH is an independent, conservative evangelical and Protestant church, standing upon truth of the Bible, which is the very word of God. We exist to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ crucified for sinners. We uphold the complete inerrancy and historical accuracy of the Scriptures as being our sole authority in all matters of faith and practice.  

 

In pursuit of this high calling of preaching Christ, the only Saviour of men, PFMC shuns the political correctness which has become the message of so many churches in our day. The task of churches is not to mimic the fashionable doctrines of secular liberalism (Romans 12:2, Colossians 2:8), but to be separate from the world and to proclaim the truths of God's word, regardless of whether the world likes it or not.  

 

Modern Britain is simply not hearing about the need for each individual to repent, nor about  the reality of God's judgement upon sin. Instead, the message generally passed on by the mainstream churches is the old social gospel heresy, which bears little difference to atheistic Marxism.  Our nation needs, not cliches about ‘equality and diversity’, not a trendy, green ‘save the planet’ focus, not the anaemic man-pleasing message of social improvement (which is actually no different to the what the politcians say), not the materialism of an ‘abolish poverty’ emphasis, but a straightforward Biblical call to repentance from sin and to faith in Christ for salvation.

  

DO JOIN US FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF PUBLIC WORSHIP ON THE LORD'S DAY

 "Day of all the week the best, Emblem of eternal rest"

  

MORNING SERVICE

 11.00am

 EVENING SERVICE

6.30pm

(The Lord's Supper is observed on the first Sunday in the month am and the third Sunday pm)

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL (for ages 4 plus) 

12.30 to 1.30pm

 

Children are welcome to come along for just one week to see how they get on. All lessons are Bible-based. 

 Interested parents are invited to contact the Minister for further information and to look over the teaching materials used.

 

WEDNESDAYS

MIDWEEK PRAYER MEETING AND BIBLE STUDY

8.00 pm

 This is always a highly valuable time of fellowship and refreshment in the middle of the week.

 

MINISTER

 Pastor Peter M. Simpson BA

  

 The church is situated on the B474  

between Beaconsfield and Hazlemere, near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. Postcode : HP10 8NU

  

Minister's Contact Details

  Chapel Cottage, Church Road, Penn,

Bucks, HP10 8NU

E : revps@icloud.com

T : 01494 812829 (OFFICE), 01494 816202 (HOME)