Who we are
We are an Independent Evangelical church that meets in the heart of Bradford made up of all ages, nationalities and backgrounds who share a simple faith in Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. We gather from different parts of Bradford and beyond, often with visitors from across the world, and love to meet together for worship on Sundays and during the week, to be taught, equipped and inspired to love and live for Jesus.
We are committed to being a Bible teaching church and a Bible living church that reaches out to all people with the love of God, especially to those who are poor or homeless or vulnerable through practical and relevant Christian ministries that meet people at their point of need.
We are an Independent Evangelical church that is part of the wider church in Bradford having strong links with other Bible believing Gospel-centred churches and are a member of the Yorkshire Gospel Partnership.
In Sunbridge it doesn't matter your ethnicity, your gender, your current beliefs or anything else. Jesus was welcoming everyone and always standing for the most vulnerable. Sometimes we believe that we are mighty powerful; we need to learn to be humble and open our mind, soul and heart. We focus on Jesus' teaching and how it applies to our lives.
As a church we believe it is vital that we have a clear understanding of what we are all working towards and so everything we do revolves around our vision of 'Building a community, passionate about Jesus, equipped to serve'
Our vision is to see a growing outward looking church that sees more and more people won for Christ from all backgrounds and nationalities, who are taught, equipped and inspired to love and glorify Jesus across the city of Bradford and beyond.
SRM has been serving the community in the centre of Bradford for over 125 years. The Church was started in 1889 and originally was a church plant that came out of the Methodist Church. Starting out as just a few cottages, over the years the building has evolved and developed to meet the needs of a growing church and for developing many different ministries. It has always had a clear focus on the Bible as God's Word and an evangelical emphasis with special concern for the poor and the marginalised.
In recent years we have been given a vision to see the construction of a new building. The intention is to provide adequate facilities for a growing congregation and more effective outreach to the immediate community and to the wider city of Bradford, in anticipation of the fulfillment of promises given to the leadership from God's Word.
What we believe
We believe we should be a church which is firmly based on the teaching of the Bible to which we appeal as our final authority regarding matters of belief and doctrine, behaviour and ethics, and church life and practice. We believe we should equip people in their faith journey so that they live out their faith as effectively as possible, making an impact with those who do not know the great news about Jesus Christ.
We believe we should regularly meet together for teaching, worship, prayer and fellowship, valuing the ministry of every member and the use of God’s gifts in His service. We believe in the importance of believers' baptism by immersion and the celebration of the Lords Supper and encourage all believers to participate in these Scriptural ordinances.
It is not possible to include everything we believe as a church in such a short space, but hopefully this summary will help.
We believe in:-
- The divine inspiration and infallibility of the Old and New Testament Scriptures as originally given, and their supreme authority and sufficiency in all matters of faith and conduct
- The one true God, self-existent and eternal, consisting of three persons; The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit.
- The universal sinfulness and guilt of mankind since the fall, making us subject to God’s wrath and condemnation.
- The substitutionary sacrifice of the incarnate Son of God as the only and all-sufficient ground of redemption from the guilt and power of sin, and from its eternal consequences.
- The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
- The justification of the sinner only by the grace of God through faith in Christ crucified and risen from the dead.
- The necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit to make the death of Christ effective to the individual sinner, granting repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ.
- The work of the indwelling Holy Spirit in the life of the Believer for sanctification and service.
- The priesthood of all believers, who form the universal Church, the body of which Christ is the Head.
- The local Church, comprising such believers, as an expression of the universal Church.
- The personal and visible return of the Lord Jesus Christ in power and glory, and the bodily resurrection of believers.
- The final judgement of all; the everlasting blessedness of the saved and the everlasting punishment of the unsaved.