Sovereign Grace Bible Church in Australia Sydney

Welcome to Sovereign Grace Bible Church in Australia

Sovereign Grace Bible Church (SGBC) is a small church located within the Sydney metropolitan area in the suburb of Ryde. We are a unique body of believers who come together from all over Sydney. The attraction being a Christ centred, uncompromising Bible-based ministry of the Word of Life, together with the warmth of true Christian fellowship. Following in the Congregational way, yet we are an independent church. We also have inter-denominational relationships with other Reformed, Bible-believing churches and ministers in Sydney as well as other parts of the world.

Sovereign Grace Bible Church is a mainstream evangelical, reformed and puritan church with a sense of history and with a vision for the future.
SGBC embraces the five main expressions of Reformation theology:
  • Scripture alone
  • Christ alone
  • Grace alone
  • Faith alone
  • To God alone be all the glory
We are a registered Covid safe church - see detailed arrangements
       Weekly Sunday morning service at 10:00am AEDT

   Weekly Sunday evening service at 6:00pm AEDT 

               Weekly Wednesday evening Bible Study at  7:30pm AEDT

The services will be live streamed online here

We preach Christ

The essence of Sovereign Grace Bible Church is the honour of Christ.

Each step I Take.

1.Each step I take into an unknown future
May fill my heart with calculated fear
As all around this fragile world grows weary
Amid the disconcerting changes that appear.

2. Once firmly held belief in man is waning
For hopes and dreams lie shattered on the ground
No confidence in climate, wealth, or pleasure
No solace for the heart that sin has

3. Awake, Awake and call upon the Saviour
It was for sinners just like you that Jesus died
In Him alone has God provided pardon
A hope secure in which your soul can hide.

4. Towards the future then with courage strong and fearless
A witness to our loving Saviours Grace
Assured that when this weary life has ended
In heaven he has reserved for us a place.

R Aiken 29:11:22

Message from Pastor Rev. Robert Aiken

Bulletin December 2023

Another year slips silently into the mists of unfulfilled desire and untold memories. A year of change and of challenge to add to the concerns of repeated frustration, our stockpile of things to do required to make room for the seemingly insurmountable and growing mound of unreached goals and deserted high ambitions. Who or what can we blame for such a loss. Do we embark upon a post mortem in a vain attempt to avoid a repetition of the the pitfalls as we approach another year. Time is not ours to take but to calculate as we juggle the new demands laid unsolicited upon us with the persistent irritations of plans which have long drifted out of reach. How can one redeem the time and retrieve the opportunities with an unreconcilable world alienated from the aspirations of all true believers. With no help from without and few resources from within we must solicit the aid of a greater power and higher authority. If we are to escape the monotony of unachieved ambitions our focus must be upon the rich and precious promises of scripture which encourage the exercise of faith in God’s overruling providence and allows even our failures to exhibit the overtures of grace in the cancellation of our disappointments and the elevating of our confidence for the year ahead. God’s blessings have been freely given and while they may not have enabled all our desires to be realised we need not live with the folly of regret for God has promised to supply all our need according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus and as He does we know that ultimately all things work together for good in the lives of His Elect. A new year will soon welcome us within its embrace and we will be carried along on the currents of God’s purposes. Rocks and raging waters will seek to impede our progress and rob us of our peace but as we align our ambitions with the purposes of God we are guaranteed a year of progress, of development and of spiritual growth. With Christ in our heart and His word in our hand we march forward with holy boldness to prove God’s grace sufficient for all our need. In the busy programme of our lives we never loose sight of the fact that the coming of Jesus is drawing near and as Nehemiah encouraged his men to work at rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem with a trowel in one hand and a sword in the other so we must learn how to watch and wait for soon we shall hear the cry “Behold the bridegroom cometh”. Better to be caught up than to be caught out. Let us examine ourselves in light of God’s electing grace.

Robert & Fiona

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Our minister, Reverend Robert Aiken, is a native-born Northern Irishman and husband to his loving wife Fiona. The church is directed by elected male deacons.

We have wheelchair access and other amenities for mobility access.
Parents attending our church services with infants or babies can use a separate room adjoining the main church hall if they wish to. The church service may still be heard live over audio speakers in the adjoining rooms. Sunday school - All children are welcome to join. Children will start in the main service with their parents until before the message, and will then leave to participate in the Sunday School programme.
Sunday Worship Services

Our Sunday morning service is at 10.00am AEDT and Sunday evening service is at 6.00pm AEDT. Services are live streamed online; There is a short prayer time at 9:15am before the morning service.

Midweek Bible Study & Prayer Meeting

Wednesday 7:30pm AEDT and online

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Our History & Present

Sovereign Grace Bible Church has a rich and noble heritage with it's roots firmly planted in the foundation, function and faith of the New Testament church.

Historically modern Congregationalism began in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. Just after Easter 1559 the English queen introduced a bill known as The Act of Uniformity, which was designed to unify the church in what had become a very troubled period of compromise in areas of doctrine and practice. The Church of England in the Middle Ages was almost wholly Roman in its theology and worship. The land was overrun with monks and friars, while churches were full of relics of martyrs and saints. Transubstantiation; adoration of Mary and the Saints were now all part of the English church scene. Parishes of the Church of England were to be found all over the land, but the truth of the gospel was virtually unknown. Parliament had previously adopted another Act known as the Act of Supremacy in which the Monarch was made Head of the Church, giving Queen Elizabeth the authority to govern the disciplines and direction of the Church.

The Act of Uniformity majored on three areas:

  • Orderly Worship “Only the Prayer Book was to be used, including prayers.
  • Proper location “Services could only be held in the Parish Church.
  • Full Attendance “A fine was imposed upon absentees.

This Act was designed to secure the future and ensure the stability of the Church under the complete control of the supervising authorities. The term Puritan was first used during the 1560s as a term of abuse, and represented the purists who refused to submit to the Act and refused its every demand. The Puritan age lasted from about 1560 to the end of the seventeenth century, and was characterized by an intense struggle as Puritans and Crown disagreed, often vehemently, over issues of doctrine and administration.

As many within the church capitulated to the demands of the Act of Uniformity the Puritan movement saw preaching centers established outside the perimeters of the Act, and these though increasing in popularity provoked the ire of the authorities charged with the responsibility of policing the Act's demands, and soon under direction from the Queen these gatherings were declared illegal. Those who refused to conform were ejected from their pulpits and parishes with many thrown into prison; and here they continued to affirm Biblical principles and disciplines. John Bunyan wrote his classical work Pilgrim's Progress while in prison.

The following years brought a series of Acts of Parliament designed to curtail the growth of the Puritan Movement and if possible stamp it out all together. For example, the Conventicle Acts 1664, 1670, made it a punishable offence for anyone over sixteen years of age, except for members of the same family, to meet for any religious service without full and proper use of the Book of Common Prayer. Goods and chattels could be sold to pay the fine and one third of the fine would go to the informer. Houses could be broken into on suspicion and any magistrate, or officer, who did not apply the law would themselves be fined.

In 1665 the Five Mile Act was passed in Parliament confirming it was unlawful for anyone who had been a Parson, Vicar, Curate, or who had been in holy orders; and who did not subscribe to everything in the Prayer Book, to approach within five miles of any city, town, or borough, or within five miles of any parish in which he had ministered. All who broke the law were liable to a fine of forty pounds. This Act seems to have been designed to cut off all support and starve these dissenters into submission. The nonconformists however were determined to keep their witness alive, and their churches intact. It was around this period two great statements were drawn up to clearly identify the doctrinal position of these separatists.

In 1658 one hundred and twenty Congregational churches sent a total of two hundred delegates to the Savoy Palace for the purpose of agreeing upon a Confession that would embody the theological position and ecclesiastical order of Congregational churches. They took as their model the Westminster Confession of Faith recently completed by an Assembly of that name. After two weeks of intense and sustained prayer and dialogue the Savoy Declaration was drawn up, and became the subordinate standard for those who adopted the Congregational position. The Savoy Declaration is Reformed in theology.

Our foundation is built on four principles:

  • Christ alone is the head of the church.
  • The visible church must properly represent the true church therefore it can be comprised only of Christians.
  • The real presence of Christ is present in His church His people, and not ornaments or rituals.
  • Each member is accountable and responsible to Christ.
So in essence it is the honour of Christ which is predominant in our church.

For more than four centuries godly men have pursued the way, which is Independent, Reformed, Puritan, and Evangelical. SGBC is part of that way. As such she is a mainstream church with a sense of history, she is also an evangelical church with a vision for the future. SGBC continues to embrace the Doctrines of Grace and the Five Solas of Reformation theology:

  • Sola Scriptura Scripture alone.
  • Sola Christo Christ alone.
  • Sola Gratia Grace alone.
  • Sola Fide Faith alone.
  • Soli Deo Gloria To God alone be all the glory.

Statement of Faith

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.
(Hebrews 11:1)

1. We believe the Bible is the Divinely inspired and infallible Word of God as written and is the sole authority in all matters of Christian faith and practice.

2. We believe God is one, existing through all eternity in three persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; co-eternal; co-equal; exercising sovereign power in creation, providence, and redemption.

3. We believe Satan is a fallen angel, a malignant spirit, the enemy of Jesus Christ and of the saints, deceiving mankind. He has been condemned to eternal damnation as a defeated foe.

4. We believe God created man perfect, but after being tempted by Satan, man disobeyed God's law and thereby all mankind became sinners, falling under the curse and condemnation of a broken law. Man's whole nature is totally corrupted by sin and his fellowship with God is broken, therefore no-one has the will or the ability to come to God in his own strength.

5. We believe God alone can deal with the problem of man's sin. God must initiate and confirm a work of sovereign grace in the heart in order for man to be delivered from sin's bondage and condemnation, and to be restored to a right relationship with God.

6. We believe the holy Scriptures affirm that the sinner is justified by faith alone in the finished work of Christ, that is, His substitutionary death upon the cross and his resurrection from the dead. The works of men and the traditions of the visible church are of no avail in the salvation and justification of the lost. Saving faith is a gift from God.

7. We believe the Lord Jesus Christ was shown to be the Son of God by: His birth; teaching ; works ; death and resurrection from the dead. He has ascended in power and glory to the presence of God, where He now pleads on behalf of those who call upon Him in truth.

8. We believe God is bringing all human history to a climax which will be marked by the personal bodily return to the earth of the Lord Jesus Christ in power and glory.

9. We believe God has appointed Jesus as Judge and there will be a final judgement. Those who are saved will be raised in a glorified body and enjoy, eternally and to the full, the presence of their Lord in heaven. Those who have rejected Christ will also be raised and banished from God for ever in Hell.

10. We believe all belong to Christ who have been personally redeemed with the precious blood of Christ and upon whom God has bestowed His righteousness as a free gift. They alone are members of the one universal and eternal Church - which is the Body of Christ, the Bride of Christ. Those who are Christ's are sealed with the Holy Spirit and will never again be irretrievably lost.

11. We believe the Church consists of all who are chosen by the Father, redeemed by the Son, and born again by the Holy Spirit. The Church finds its visible expression in a local assembly of believers, gathered by Christ and under His sole, sufficient and supreme authority, and under the guidance and control of the Holy Spirit are appointed to glorify Christ by promoting His worship, teaching His word to believers and proclaiming His gospel to the lost.

12. We believe the Holy Spirit gives many different gifts to equip all God's people for various forms of ministry in order to build up the Body of Christ, and that He distributes those gifts according to His sovereign will. A gift is to be valued in the Church according to its contribution to the common good.

13. We believe every Christian is called to love God with all his heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love his neighbour as himself. All are called to be conformed to the likeness of Christ doing all things to the glory of God. The indwelling Holy Spirit makes this new life a reality as God's children yield themselves to Him.

14. We believe Christ has instituted two ordinances in and through which His person and benefits are represented. In Baptism and the Lord's Supper, believers identify with the Death, Burial, Resurrection, and Second Coming of Christ, in acknowledgement of His covenant promises to His people.

15. We believe we are under obligation to fulfil the Great Commission given to the Church by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, to proclaim the Gospel and make disciples of all nations.

Contact SGBC

Christian Ministries Coordinator:
Elaine Bovis
Minister: Rev. Robert Aiken
    Phone: +61 2 9807 1493
Pastoral Care: Mrs. Fiona Aiken
    Phone: +61 2 9807 1493
Audio Visual Ministry: Mr. Paul Finney
    Phone: 0400 561 031

Treasurer: Mr. Puskaran Tharmalingam
    Phone: +61 2 9807 1493

Deacon: Dr. Wee Kiat Soh
    Phone: +61 2 9807 1493


Sovereign Grace Bible Church is a registered COVID SAFE church!

Sovereign Grace Bible Church cares for the health of the community, in particular its congregants and visitors. We prioritise your health and wellbeing when you attend our services amidst the concerns about COVID-19.

We are taking appropriate precautions to manage the risks associated with the current COVID-19 pandemic as places of public worship are deemed high-contact premises. Our registered COVID-19 Safety Plan will be implemented at all services and meetings, including encouragement to wear face masks, hand hygiene, cleaning of frequently touched surfaces, attendee record keeping, and exclusion of anyone who is unwell. We are responding and adapting to the situation as it evolves as we take guidance from the NSW Department of Health on their recommended key preventative measures.

Sovereign Grace Bible Church is opened to all members of the public. We will also be live streaming the Sunday services.

Please note (from 25 February):

  • Registration of your attendance using the Service NSW QR code is no longer required;
  • Wearing face masks is strongly encouraged while you are in the church. Disposable face masks are available if you do not have one;
  • Practise the physical distancing where practical and possible; and
  • Observe all hand hygiene and cough etiquette protocols.

However, please refrain from going to church if any of the following applies to you:
  • you have developed a fever, cough and other flu-like symptoms including shortness of breaths;
  • you are under self-isolation or quarantine in accordance to the Public Health Order;
  • you are a close contact to someone who is under self-isolation / quarantine;
  • you have been in close proximity with someone you know to have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
Thank you for helping us to keep the church community safe by observing our COVID-19 Safety Plan.