GraceLife London is a local body in Central London committed to the supremacy of the Word of God in all things. What does this look like? We believe the Word of God is sufficient for every area of our lives, therefore we desire to study it, to apply it, and to live it out in worship, discipleship, and service.
We are now putting together a "core group" of believers who are compelled, committed, and contagious as we make plans to launch the church. I am excited about the future of this church. We will be striving to make sure it is a church committed to the sufficiency of the Word of God, excellence in the praise and worship of our Lord, faithful in discipleship and seeing lives transformed, and one that is spiritually impacting our surrounding community.
Whether you are "looking into" Christianity, a new believer, someone who has settled into a "rut" in your spiritual walk, or simply desire to dig deeper into the Word and grow, I believe you will be encouraged here!
For the Sake of His Name
Tom Drion - Pastor
If you'd like to be involved or to help us, we'd love to hear from you! Please do contact us.
Please explore the blog below and look at our Facebook page for more information about this new work.
For the sake of Premier Radio listeners who've just heard John MacArthur's kind commendation of our work, I'm re-visiting our first blog entry to introduce ourselves:
Who are we?
Tom & Donna Drion, with Carys
Tom and his wife Donna came to Los Angeles from England in 2007 for Tom to train for the pastoral ministry at The Master’s Seminary. “We are just praising God for the way the Lord has been changing and equipping us, through both the formal aspects of training, and by the rich experiences that we’ve had through involvement in ministry here at Grace Community Church. Now that this training is coming to an end, we are so excited to see what the Lord seems to be doing in bringing together a wonderful team and providing such a key location for a new church plant in central London.” They’ve been married for 18 years, and consider themselves so blessed now to have a 2 year old daughter, Carys.
Ross & Lisa Orgill
Ross & Lisa Orgill are also from England and have been thrilled by the opportunity of serving within Grace Community Church since 2007. During that time Ross has also undertaken studies at The Masters Seminary, graduating in December 2010. Ross & Lisa have been married for 12 years, and lived and worked around the UK. “Although we have loved our time here in the church and the ways our Lord has been blessing us so much spiritually, we and our children are really excited to be heading home and at the prospect of serving the Lord as part of this new work.”
GraceLife London is a new work will take the timeless message of the Gospel to the people of London, evangelising the lost and building up believers.
God’s word has the answers... along with the enabling of the Holy Spirit, we have been given "all that we need for life and godliness..." That makes it a real joy to concentrate on expounding the whole counsel of God in order to feed His people and equip them for all that God has in store for them!
I was speaking with a friend from home (England) the other day. It was quite a conversation. While I'm busy making plans to come back home to labour in London... he was telling me how he'd leave Britain's shores tomorrow if he could! There was a note of pessimism in all that he said, which I am very familiar with. To many Brits it seems as though God is only really blessing elsewhere.
If you can bear with my illustration... it is almost as if Paul, if he was living today, would have to add another category of people to his description in Ephesians 2:12 (the Brits)! I can understand there are people who have no hope because they have no God, but why is it that 21st Century British Christians can have so little hope, despite believing in the God of the Bible?
Given over to judgment?
I know what people are asking... "What hope can there be for a generation that has turned its back on God as ours has?" Ours is certainly a country which once knew SO much blessing... and yet we are now is being 'given over' by God to reap the consequences of what we have sown. Does Romans 1:21-32 sound familiar as 2010 comes to an end? Well what hope is there for us? Is God done with us? Is it all judgement now?
A few facts give me real hope... a hope that will not be put down, and a hope that brings me home.
The first is a simple observation: All that stuff about God giving people over to their lusts (Rom 1:26) and giving them up to a debased mind (Rom 1:28)... all of that was written to a generation of people that saw the greatest spiritual awakening the world has ever known. Paul wrote those words to the Roman church... and yes, the Romans were the most debased people you could imagine. I had to read Suetonius for a NT History class at seminary, and I will never get over the realisation of just how wicked and immoral that generation was! It is NOT a pleasant read. But GET THIS... those very same Roman people to whom Paul was writing became the seeds of such an amazing christian awakening that the worst oppression the Roman Caesars could throw at it, could not put it down! Simple Fact 1 - it's been worse!
The second fact is the reality of God's promise. Isaiah 55:10-11 tells you and me that we can bank on God's word. I plan to take that promise to the bank.
I have no other hope for our generation. Prosperity has failed. Education has failed. Secularism has failed. Humanism has failed. Psychology has failed. Religion - and we have had plenty of that - has failed. But the word of God never fails.
Don't get me wrong... we can fail. We can fail to communicate the word of God effectively. We can fail by retreating into our churches and never actually communicating the word of God to our generation. We can fail because we are so busy in our church activities that we don't have time to sit with our neighbour and share the gospel with them. We can fail because we expect people to come to "church" to hear the gospel. We can fail because we live such inconsistent lives that no one will even give us a hearing. We can fail because we are too cowardly to risk disapproval from our family and neighbours who are on their way to hell. We can fail because we don't teach our people how to communicate the Word to the world. We can fail because we lose heart and no longer pray expecting God to actually do something. We can fail because we don't make a plan... but God's word never fails.
A third fact that gives me hope for once-great Britain... is that God's word actually does have all the answers. 2Peter 1:3 tells you and me that we have what we need. All we need! 2Timothy 3:16-17 says that the answers are there in the Bible... that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. I don't know all that was discouraging my friend... and I know that many of my friends and colleagues back home in Britain are facing very very difficult situations. But I do know this... the word of God is able to make them, and you... and me... competent to deal with whatever we face. We can be equipped for every good work.
The question is whether a generation of believers will turn back to the word with that confidence in the promise of God. Our lost generation needs an army of confident Christians, competent and equipped for a mission that seems impossible...
When Israel were given the task of going forward into the promised land... they discovered that even when God has a promised blessing in store for you - you can only take that inheritance if you trust in his promises and depend on his strength! (The take-home message of the book of Numbers!) They failed the first test... and wandered for 40 years!
Please pray for GraceLife London leadership.... We have some remarkable promises! Jesus has promised that he will be with us, even to the end of the age... and he has commanded us to go and make disciples of all nations... (Matthew 28:19-20) So please pray that WE will be full of simple trust and dependance on Him, and know the boldness that comes from that!
You can get the gist of what we think about the purpose of the church from the blurb at the top of the right column, but here's another thought on the topic of "fellowship":
Did you know that for almost the first three centuries of the history of the Church, there was no such thing as a church building? What was church then? A. The body of believers committed to Christ and to each other.
I'm just doing a study on the "one another"s of the Bible for our 20/30s retreat next month, and am overawed at the sheer number of commands in the New Testament in which Christians are taught how to relate to each other. Try hovering over these links to see for yourself! I think you'll be blessed as you do. Please pray for us too, that ours would be a church where the one another commands of the Bible are uppermost in our lives.
In His lovely Name
John 13:34-35; Rom 12:10; Rom 12:16; Rom 14:13; Rom 14:19; Rom 15:5; Rom 15:7; Rom 15:14; Rom 16:16; 1 Cor 11:33; 1 Cor 12:25; 1 Cor 16:20; 2 Cor 13:12; Gal 5:13; Eph 4:2; Eph 4:25; Eph 4:32; Eph 5:19; Eph 5:21; Phil 2:3; Col 3:9; Col 3:13; Col 3:16; 1 Th 4:18; 1 Th 5:11; 1 Th 5:13; 1 Th 5:15; Heb 3:13; Heb 10:24; Heb 10:25; Jas 4:11; Jas 5:9; Jas 5:16; 1 Pet 1:22; 1 Pet 4:8; 1 Pet 4:9; 1 Pet 4:10; 1 Pet 5:5; 1 Pet 5:14; 1 John 1:7; 1 John 3:11; 1 John 3:23; 1 John 4:7; 1 John 4:11; 1 John 4:12; 2 John 5