Today our guest preacher is the Rev. Hein Barnard from the Bible Society. I hope he will feel welcome among us this morning.
Paul writes to Timothy:
“All scripture is God–breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Tim 3: 16)
I look back over my 16 years as a minister and wonder at how the scripture has changed me as a person. I’m amazed how God has spoken to me through it. I’m amazed at how God has used it to chose God’s people.
It is “Living and active, sharper than any double edged sword” (Hebrews 4: 12). That’s quite a claim – that the scriptures are ALIVE! Now a book is not active but the Spirit of God enlivens this book – God uses it to speak.
The great Protestant theologian Karl Barth says that reading the Bible is like looking out the window and seeing everybody on the street shading their eyes with their hands and gazing up into the sky toward something which is hidden from us by the roof. They are pointing up. They are speaking strange words. They are very excited. Something is happening which we can’t see happening. Or something is about to happen.
Something beyond our comprehension has caught them up and is seeking to lead them on “from land to land for strange, intense, uncertain, and yet mysteriously well planned service. To read the Bible is to try to read the expression on their faces. To listen to the words of the Bible is to try to catch the sound of the queer, dangerous, and compelling word they seem to hear.
So – let’s listen and look today to see and hear what God is saying to us in scripture.
Lots of love
We’d love to get to know you, please introduce yourselves to our ministers, Selaotswe, George or Mukondi as they greet you at the door.