Firstly, because we believe the Christian gospel or 'good news'. We
acknowledge that we are sinners and recognize that our sin grieves
and angers God, deserves his punishment and causes problems with our
fellow human beings. Yet we have learned that God loves us and sent
his Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to die for sinners and be punished
in their place. Through the death of Jesus, those who believe in him
are forgiven their sins and come to know God for themselves. This
new relationship with God is something that lasts for ever and so
we have a sure and certain hope of eternal life with God after death.
Secondly, because we believe
the Bible. We do not derive our beliefs, nor decide how to live, from
'tradition' or from the ever-changing opinions of men and women. We
recognize the Bible as God's Word, his message to man. We learn from
it about God, man and sin and the great salvation Jesus Christ has
gained for those who trust him. We find there how to please God and
how we can serve him in our everyday life.
The church was founded in 1792. Originally called 'Bethel Independent
Chapel', it is still fully independent today.
The church exists to worship God, to proclaim the good news that the
Lord Jesus provides eternal salvation for all who repent of their
sins and trust in him alone as Saviour, and to provide teaching and
fellowship which help believers to live in a way pleasing to God.
As well as evangelising locally in Welwyn and nearby villages, we
support others who seek to bring the Word of God to people abroad.
We help and have regular contact with missionaries in Spain and close
links with others in many other countries. Of particular interest
is the European Missionary Fellowship, (EMF), near neighbours in Welwyn.