What is Faith?
Faith is the substantiating of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. It is a gift from God, given to every repentant sinner, and is not dependent on works done. It comes by God’s word and always clings to God’s word and is nourished by God’s word. It is the inward energy of grace that holds fast to the truth. It is the reception of Divine testimony. Faith is the revelation of the object of faith to the soul by the Holy Spirit, it is real and living.
Faith is in God and the Person of Christ and in the work of Christ in dying for sinners, and shedding His blood, on the cross.
How do I know God?
The consciousness of the existence of a Supreme Being or power is often ignited as a soul contemplates with awe the perfect order of creation or through personal experiences. This recognition, however useful, does not establish communication between the soul and God.
The enlightened soul learns God through the Lord Jesus Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. John1v18 “no man has seen God at any time; the only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him.” Through the scriptures we learn God, in a Man whose perfect life expressed His love towards all men.
What is involved in the Doctrine of Separation?
The principle of separation is practised by all people, nations and religions in some form or other.
The Bible refers to it in many passages – from Genesis chapter 1, where God divided between light and darkness, right through to Revelation chapter 22, where there are those who are within and those who are without.
The Lord Jesus said as to His disciples “they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world” John 17 v14. The world in this sense refers to the system of sin and lawlessness under the domination of Satan.
As a Church, we wholeheartedly seek to dedicate our lives to this principle. We choose to follow the teachings of Jesus as set out in the Gospels and taught in the Epistles of the New Testament. Refer passages such as Matthew 16 v24-26, Mark 10 v28-30, 2 Timothy 2 v19 and 2 Corinthians 6v14-18.
Separation represents a moral distinction between what is right and what is wrong, what is righteous and what is unrighteous. Christians as believers on the Lord Jesus Christ are exhorted to “refuse the evil and to choose the good” Isaiah 7 v15.
We make a commitment to eat and drink only with those with whom we would celebrate the Lord’s Supper – that is the basis of our fellowship.
This does not mean that we hold ourselves as superior to our fellow men, women and children. We live and work harmoniously alongside them, in the mainstream of society.
Our practice of separation does not preclude interaction in the broader community.
We help our neighbours and they help us. We care for and protect their property and they do ours.
We appreciate the good that we receive from many of our fellow citizens, and welcome the opportunity to fulfil our responsibility in the community. Our attitude is to do good to all, as opportunities arise.
Do Brethren believe they are the only ones that are saved?
No, not at all. The Brethren believe the Lord knows those that are His, and everyone who shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10v13). They believe there are many true believers along with the Brethren who will be eternally with Christ in heaven.
What do PBCC believe happens to us after we die?
Scripture teaches us that when a believer in the Lord Jesus dies, they are immediately in His presence “today shalt thou be with me in paradise” (Luke 23: 43)
When Jesus comes again the dead in Christ will be raised first and the living who remain “shall be caught up together with them in the clouds …and thus we shall be always with the Lord”. (1 Thessalonians 4 v 17)
Are the PBCC Members Christian?
Most certainly. The first use of the word “Christians” in the Holy Bible is in Acts 11 v 26. The word described persons who received the gospel, put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, received the Holy Spirit and were committed to gathering together to pursue the teachings of Christ and His apostles.
What is the PBCC lifestyle actually like?
Brethren universally maintain beliefs and a lifestyle that is based on the Holy Scriptures and we are genuine in our endeavours to secure a sustainable structure of family life for the enduring happiness of our members however diverse in character, capacity and cultural diversity.
Why don’t the PBCC have clergy?
The Brethren do not have a formal hierarchical structure or any paid clergy. They recognise that Christ has given “gifts to men……some apostles, and some prophets, and some evangelists, and some shepherds and teachers” (Ephesians Ch4).
At its commencement the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church began as a brotherly fellowship of “Brethren” who rejected an ecclesiastical arrangement and focused instead on the individual’s direct relationship with God and the emphasis this placed on personal responsibility.
Can I Talk to a Member about the Word of God?
Yes, PBCC members are glad to speak about their faith and the Holy Scriptures.
Why do PBCC Members Street Preach?
We actively preach the Word of God, or as we call it we street preach to the broader community to enlighten them as to eternal salvation which is available to every man, woman and child.
Eternal Salvation is held out to all men, simply by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord; “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10 v 9)
By preaching the Word, we encourage the community to accept God and Jesus, and we are always willing to answer any questions about faith and our preaching when they arise.
Do Members have to be born in Fellowship?
The majority of members are born into the Church, however, any that are prepared to be committed to our beliefs and way of life may choose to join our church and many have made this decision and have remained with the Church.
How can I become a Member?
Our evangelical work is intended to lead people to Christ for the salvation of their souls for now and eternity. Any that are prepared to be committed to our beliefs and way of life may choose to join our church.