Tonight, having tucked my eight year old son into bed, I will read to him the final chapter of The Last Battle, the concluding volume of the Narnia series of books by C.S. Lewis. We began our journey through Narnia in the early summer, and, tonight, our adventure in that astonishing land of talking beasts will come to an end. It has been wonderful to see my son recognise some of the biblical truths that Lewis explores in these books, truths we are seeking to pass on to our children.

I have been reflecting a great deal on the importance of passing on biblical truths as I have prepared material for this year’s Bible Sunday, which takes place on 25 October. One of the texts we will be reading is from 2 Timothy 3, in which Paul speaks to his young disciple Timothy about the truths of the Gospel. These truths of the Gospel are found in the Scriptures, and were passed on to Timothy by his Christian family. Paul reminds Timothy:

From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 3:15 (NIV)

I often carry with me a leather-bound Bible, given to me when I was six years old by my maternal grandparents. And I remember the truth that they and my parents passed on to me: that this is God’s Word, and that when we read it, God speaks to us. Paul talks to Timothy about that too, writing:

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)

My life is full of people who have sought to pass on to me the importance of the Bible and the message of salvation in Jesus that we find there. They include grandparents, parents, friends, teachers and mentors. They are ordinary people, whose passion for the Bible has had an extraordinary impact on me and many others. Why have all these people sought to pass on to me the importance of the Bible? It is because someone first taught them, and passed on to them the importance of the Bible, so that they too became convinced of the truth it contains. Paul encourages Timothy:

Continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you have learned it.
2 Timothy 3:14 (NIV)

Bible Sunday is an opportunity each year for the Church in Scotland to remind one another of the vital importance of the Bible. But it is also a call to action: the challenge to pass on to others the importance of the Bible – those in our families, our places of work, the communities in which we live. May it be as we gather together to celebrate the gift and impact of God’s Word in the world this Bible Sunday, that we as a Church in Scotland commit ourselves afresh to sharing God’s Word with the world. For in the Scriptures as Paul reminds Timothy, is the wonderful Good News about salvation through faith in Jesus Christ, Good News which our nation and our world desperately needs to hear and receive.

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Adrian Armstrong
Head of Bible Engagement