Ruth’s story of redemption and grace as resonant as ever at Bready

Bready Reformed Presbyterian.
Bready Reformed Presbyterian.

Bready Reformed Presbyterian Church has been ‘Celebrating 250 years of gospel witness.’

Throughout 2015 various events have been organised, all of which have been well attended.

The celebrations continue with four evenings of gospel preaching from Wednesday, October 28 to Friday, October 30, at 8pm and Sunday, November 1, at 7pm.

You are warmly invited to hear the intriguing story of Ruth, “from heartache to joy”.

Guest preacher is Rev Andrew Quigley who hails from the Coleraine area, taught for 7 years in Raphoe Royal School and has been minister in Airdrie, Scotland for the past 20 years. He is a compelling speaker with many international engagements.

Refugees

A famine in the land caused a man from Bethlehem, his wife Naomi and their two sons to move to the neighbouring country of Moab.

The sons married local women but sadly the father and the two sons all died. Ruth, the young Moabite widow, out of love for her widowed Israelite mother-in-law, abandoned her own culture, declaring, “Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.”

Though she was destitute and needing to rely on the kindness of others, Ruth’s disposition and character captured the attention of Boaz, a close relative of her deceased husband. ...

Ruth would become a fore bearer of King David and ancestor of Christ. It is a fascinating story of redemption and grace.

An unchanging message

Our society has changed a great deal in 250 years but the basic message of our church has not changed. Salvation is a gift from God, given in grace, and we want to share this gift with others.

We receive the gift, not because we are better than anyone else, nor because of anything we have done, but because of what Jesus has done. He is the God-man who came to earth on a mission – to rescue the lost. He did that by dying on a cross and thus paying the penalty of our sin.

He rose from the grave, showing he had conquered sin, Satan and death.

Today He is alive, seated at the right hand of God in glory and will bring this world as we know it to an end when he judges all people. The good news is that we can be reconciled to our Creator and have a meaningful relationship with Him through Jesus. God calls us to repent of our sin and trust in him for salvation. A new life awaits those who do so.

Pastor Andrew Quigley and his wife, Heather, have six children. Having studied Microelectronics and Communications Engineering at university in Northern Ireland, he worked as the Housemaster of a boarding school in Ireland, and studied at the RP Theological College in Belfast before entering the ministry. He has been the minister of the Airdrie Reformed Presbyterian Church for 20 years.

He serves within the RP Church of Scotland in the following ways: Teacher of Preaching and Pastoral Theology at the Scottish RP Seminary, Presbytery Clerk, Editor of the RPCS Good News Magazine, and Director of the Reformation Tours ministry. He is an adjunct professor at Geneva College and serves as Director of Geneva’s Semester in Scotland program. He also serves as Chair of the Advisory Committee of the RP Global Alliance.