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"
(The Lord's Supper is observed on the first Sunday in the month am and the third Sunday pm)
(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.
MIDWEEK PRAYER MEETING AND BIBLE STUDY
This is always a highly
valuable time of fellowship
and refreshment in the middle of the week.
Pastor Peter Simpson BA
T: 01494 816202/821829
The church is situated on the B474 between Beaconsfield and Hazlemere, near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire,
Penn Free Methodist Church (PFMC) is an independent, conservative evangelical and Protestant church, standing in the solidly Biblical tradition of 18th century Methodism.
We endeavour to maintain the Scripture-based position of the founders and early leaders of the Methodist movement, men such as John Wesley, George Whitefield, Charles Wesley and John Fletcher.
Whitefield was the great pioneer of open air preaching, and it was he who encouraged his friend John Wesley to do the same. Wesley gradually appointed other men to help him in the task of taking the Gospel to vast numbers of previously unreached people. These ‘lay’ preachers’ were men called of God to proclaim salvation in Christ. They travelled around the country, preaching under an open sky in fields and town centres. Through their endeavours, along with the work of a small number of evangelical clergy with ministries in fixed locations, England, by the grace of God, was gradually re-awakened in the 18th century to the truth of the Christian Gospel.
Historically, therefore, Methodism represents a mighty revival of true Christianity. PFMC was founded in 1808 as a fruit of this re-awakening. Some of the preachers who first ministered to the congregation at Penn had been personally appointed by John Wesley.
The early Methodist preachers very rightly centred upon the individual’s need for salvation through faith alone in Christ (not through merit-earning works). They had a total dependence on the Holy Spirit to convict their hearers of the sinfulness of their hearts and to draw them into a personal trust in Christ for mercy, cleansing and everlasting life. Even secular historians acknowledge that their Bible-based preaching helped to rescue England from violent social upheaval and revolution, such as occurred in France in 1789.
John Wesley wrote in his Journal on 8th April, 1750: “I preached morning, afternoon and evening, and then exhorted the society to stand fast in the good old Bible way, and not to move from it, to the right hand or to the left”. This total reliance on the Bible as the direct revelation of God and as our sole authority continues to be the stance of PFMC today. We thus go to Scripture, God’s word, to determine all matters of faith and practice. We continue to proclaim what the early Methodist preachers proclaimed, namely the Biblical Gospel of Jesus Christ crucified and risen again that men might know salvation and everlasting life.
In pursuit of this high calling of preaching Christ, the Saviour of sinners, PFMC shuns the political correctness which has become the message of so many churches in our day. The task of churches is not to regurgitate the fashionable doctrines of secular liberalism, but this is tragically what is happening. Modern Britain needs to hear, not the cliches of ‘equality and diversity’, not a trendy ‘save the planet’ message, not an anaemic social gospel, not the materialism of an ‘abolish poverty’ emphasis, but a straightforward Biblical call to repentance from sin and to faith in Christ. Our nation is in an absolute mess, precisely because it has abandoned its Christian foundations. We are a ‘broken society’, quite simply, because of sin and rejection of God.
The philosophy of our age is preoccupied with ‘human rights’. This is the new secular religion, and it is a symptom of man trying to be his own master, whilst rejecting the authority of God; but instead of the assertion of rights, men need to realise their responsibility before their Maker. Each individual needs to realise the enormity of the sin and rebellion against God which resides within every human heart. It is God’s rights over His creatures which should be our focus.
Failure to believe in the one true Trinitarian God is a refusal to accept the authority under which we are all called to live, for it is God who has given us life in the first place. There is pride and sinfulness in the human heart, which must be radically dealt with. We shall never solve society's problems by throwing Government money at them. The need of the hour is for each individual to repent of sin, and to come to Jesus Christ, who, out of love for us, warned us: "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish" (Luke 13:3).
To those who do come to Christ, in repentance and faith, He is a loving and merciful Saviour, granting to each believer in Him, through His wondrous grace, and, through no merits of their own, the gift of everlasting life.