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Our greatest need is the Gospel

Mark’s Gospel begins with the most beautiful words, ‘The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God’. While this statement is the beginning of Mark’s declaration of the timeless truth about Jesus, there is another sense in which this wasn’t the beginning. As we study the whole of the Scriptures we realise that the Gospel has an unbeginning beginning and an unending end.

In verse 14 of the same chapter our Lord Jesus Christ began his earthly ministry by proclaiming ‘The time is fulfilled, and the Kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel’. In the culturally confused and morally relative world we live in there is strong resistance to the ownership of sin, the justice of God’s judgment and the need for thoroughgoing repentance and change.

Instead, folks want to modify God’s word, accommodate the culture and reconfigure Jesus to make him more palatable. The tragedy of all this is that in their language of inclusion they totally miss the point, failing to see that repentance and faith which guarantee inclusion in the Kingdom of God are the only criteria for love, light and life as God intended.

The good news of the gospel flourished in the culturally confused and morally relative world of the Greco-Roman Empire and it is my conviction that our focus in these days needs to be upon the clear communication of the Gospel. It is easy to become distracted and to wander of course but the need of the hour is Jesus and our greatest need is the gospel.

‘Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, 
prone to leave the God I love; 
here's my heart, O take and seal it, 
seal it for thy courts above’

It is my prayer that we may be known as ‘gospel’ people preaching to ourselves and to others that it is God to whom we are accountable, that our problem is our rebellion against Him, that God’s solution to our rebellion is Christ’ sacrificial death and resurrection and that by repentance and faith we can be included in God’s salvation plan.
Every Blessing
John MacKinnon


..., 27/05/2016
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Planning your Visit

New to CBC?


Welcome! Whether you've just moved to the area, or have lived here all your life, we hope our website helps you to find out everything you want to know about our Church.


Some key information about the church...


Where & when does the church meet?

Our Church usually meets every Sunday at 10.30am and 7pm for our Sunday Services. Aim to arrive 10 minutes early to ensure you get a parking spot and seat in time for the service to start. You can park in either the car park behind the Church or the Hunter House car park next door to the Church.

We meet at:

Calderwood Baptist Church 
Maxwellton Road 
East Kilbride 
G74 3LW

You can see a map on our contact us page


What should I expect when I visit the church?

You will receive a very warm welcome particularly from our Welcome Team who will be able to answer your questions and direct you to where you need to go.

In our morning service, there will be around 45 minutes of worship with the whole Church family when there will be singing, prayer, and a children's message. At this point, the children will leave for their own Sunday Club. The Bible will then be read and one of our Pastors or leaders will preach from God's word. The service usually finishes around 12noon.

In our evening service, we usually spend about 20 minutes singing and praying before the Bible is read and preached. Our evening service usually finishes around 8pm.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are served after all of our services where there is plenty of time to meet new people and ask more questions.

What happens to the kids at church?

We have a fantastic programme for the kids at our Church. Children stay with their parents at the start of the service as we worship together for the first part of the morning. Someone will announce when the children need to go to their programme.

We have a very gifted team of Sunday Club teachers who lead a great curriculum for all ages. We have the following Sunday Club classes:

0-3 years:     Creche
3-5 years:     Pre-School Sunday Club 
P1 - P7:        Sunday Club
S1 - S3:        Bible Class
For more information about our Sunday Club please visit our Sunday Club page.

Is there a dress code?

No! Please just be yourself and come dressed in your 'normal' clothes.

Will I have to join in?

Not at all!
You are free to simply observe or participate as much as feels comfortable for you.

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I have more questions, how can I get in touch and ask them.

Please feel free to contact us. If you want to know who works in the church office, check out our Staff and Leadership page.