• Welcome to Grace Fellowship

    “You must steadily grow in grace and you must steadily come to know more and

    more of our Lord Jesus Christ. Glory be to him now and for all eternity.”

    (2 Peter 3:18, The NT by William Barclay)


    Welcome to our international family-like group, the Grace Fellowship. Although we may be from different religious backgrounds - many, but by no means all, were Jehovah’s Witnesses – we share certain fundamental core scriptural beliefs. This is a space where lovers of God’s grace in Jesus can express their love of the Lord and His Word without distraction or feeling the need to exhume every former false religious view in some sort of theological post-mortem.


    What is our primary focus?

    The Gospel of Christ:

    • God’s Love. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16;36). Only through God’s love and grace do we receive eternal life and not perish in separation, lostness, from God.
    • Separation. God created man to fellowship with Himself. Adam, not trusting in God’s love and seeking independence, rebelled, and so separated himself from God. The result was spiritual, and eventually physical death. He could no longer walk with God and all mankind inherited this same separation. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23; 6:23).
    • Jesus. God, in His mercy and grace sent his Son to die as our substitute to pay the penalty for our sins, that we may be forgiven. Jesus was raised so that we may receive His imputed righteousness. We become adopted sons and daughters of the Father, with a new heart, a new life – eternal life (John 1:12-13; 3:3-5; 5:24; 14:6; 1 Cor 15:1-5).


    We are saved, not through association with a religious organisation, nor by our morality, or good works, but “by grace, through faith, and that not of ourselves, it is the gift of God” (Rom 4:1-8, 25; Eph 2:8). This involves receiving the gift of repentance, turning to God by faith, and asking Jesus to be Lord and Saviour of your life – no longer living for yourself. “Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” As our life is gradually transformed by the indwelling Spirit of God into the image of the Son, we seek him as king and his righteousness - not our own righteousness - and so will bear righteous fruit in serving others, all to God’s glory (Rom 10:9-10; 2 Cor 3:15-18; 5:14-15; Col 2:6).


    Love. Though we would never compromise on the essential gospel of grace, we may need to exercise tolerance, restraint, and tact at all times, with others who hold to differing opinions about other matters, especially over lesser doctrinal issues. We recognise that all of us, without exception, are still learning and growing up into Him (Luke 9:44-45; John 16:12; Eph 4:11-16; 2 Tim 2:23-26). Not only are we at different personal stages but there are different levels or layers of Bible interpretation, from literal to symbolic, and all in-between. So, as a guide, when we convene on zoom each Friday we will strive to start from the base line of the context of the assigned scripture passage, as the springboard to seeing Christ with greater clarity, before making any personal applications. The Holy Spirit is the Teacher of God’s Word. We meet to listen to the Spirit, not to be impressed by

    anyone’s knowledge, theology or ‘wise persuasive’ words, nor to follow any man as leader (1 Cor 2:1-4; 3:4-11).


    Announcements.

    • We meet together on Zoom every Friday at 7pm UK / 2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific for a one-hour discussion of a previously announced passage of scripture.
    • Some enjoy meeting about 30 minutes before the official meeting to enjoy a time together in prayer. Likely you will have a particular request or person you wish to mention. Brief prayers are welcome.
    • The final Friday of each month we enjoy communion together as a fellowship.
    • Songs or music if used in a meeting should be carefully chosen, not only as to the lyric’s scriptural accuracy, but to suit the subject matter if possible, and with an awareness of the general sensitivities of the audience.
    • Those chairing avoid adopting a main teaching role but simply keep everyone’s comments flowing. Their own comments and those of the group are usually no more than three minutes each. Those chairing set and encourage a humble, respectful, and non-judgmental tone.
    • For those wishing to chat online about general matters, you can find us on WhatsApp at Grace Fellowship Social.


    May the indwelling Holy Spirit empower us to live godly grace-filled lives and to confess our belief in Christ to others (Titus 2:11-15; Acts 20:24). Undoubtedly many of those receiving a link to a meeting recording and having their queries answered by the moderators will express their desire to join with us on Grace Fellowship.


    Contacts.

    Jim Fielder at fielderhull@gmail.com

    Dragan at d.radovic@gmail.com or https://www.facebook.com/draganustart