Shaped by God's Word

Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, enthroned between the cherubim, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth.
Isaiah 37: 16 (NIV)

2014 is a very important year for Scotland. We have the excitement of major sporting events taking place on our turf and we have to make an important decision about our future as a nation. What will we look like as hosts and as decision-makers as the rest of the world looks on? Surely those of us who take the Bible seriously will have something of value to bring?

The Bible encourages us to keep a big vision of what God is doing in his world. As the 1950s hymn put it: ‘Kingdoms may rise; kingdoms may fall; but the Word of the Lord endures for evermore.’ We are given plenty of examples in Scripture of principles and characteristics that build healthy communities and nations. As we explore these our thinking is shaped around God’s perspective and priorities for our lives together. We are challenged to think biblically about Scotland’s future. While we do that we hold it in the bigger context of God building his Kingdom, populated by those who put their faith and trust in his Son, Jesus Christ.

God’s Kingdom grows as people encounter Jesus Christ and commit their lives to him. The Penny Gospel includes testimonies of sports people whose lives have been transformed by Jesus. Will the distribution of thousands of these gospels have eternal consequences for many in Scotland this year? Please join us in prayer that this might be so.

As the Bible leads us to Jesus, it transforms lives, communities and cultures. Praise God!
 

Elaine Duncan
Chief Executive

 

This is an extract from an article that appears in Issue 70 of Alive & Active. Click here to find out more about Alive & Active and request a copy for yourself or bulk copies for your church.