In the run up to the election I was very aware of the multiplying number of programmes and leaflets and hustings that were taking place in hopes that the political landscape of the country on June 8th would be more blue, red, yellow, orange, green or whatever from that day on. I think with the political parties moving this way and that to attract more and more of the electorate, it is becoming increasingly difficult to know which way to go when it comes to politics, but they are all very keen to offer guidance for our life choices.
Jesus Christ calls us to follow him as Lord, Saviour, Master and Friend. But how do we do that? What guidance do we get in order to live in a way that serves and honours him and impacts the landscape of our daily lives? There are 5 CS’s that I’m going to look at over the next 5 newsletters.
The first way is by Commanding Scripture (the Bible). The first and foremost way God guides us is through the Scriptures. As Jesus went about his ministry it was always to the Bible he referred- when he was tempted (Matthew 4:1-11), when he was teaching (Mathew 5-7, the Sermon on the Mount), when he was tested (Matthew 22:37- which is the greatest commandment). And when Peter and Paul preached it was the Bible they preached from (Acts 2, Acts 13 etc) and when they offered pastoral advice and guidance it was Scripture they referred to because ‘all Scripture is God breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness’ (2 Tim 3:16)
So, when we want to know God’s guidance, let us firstly come to the Bible. Genesis to Revelation is ‘all Scripture’ and we read it for guidance because of its:
Inerrancy (there are no mistakes in it),
Clarity (it is written in such a way that its teachings are able to be understood by all who will read it seeking God’s help and being willing to follow it),
Necessity (it is necessary for knowing the gospel, for maintaining spiritual life and for knowing God’s will)
Sufficiency (it contains all the words God intended his people to have and we need for salvation, for trusting him perfectly and for obeying him faithfully).
If the Bible is God’s primary means for guidance, then surely we should:
Read it daily and systematically
Share the Scriptures in word and action with friends, families and neighbours
Pray for and practically support Bible translation and distribution
work across the world (Wycliffe, Bible Societies, Gideons etc)
Learn more about the work of bible translation and distribution
In the next Newsletter I will look at the next means of God’s guidance- Compelling Spirit!
Your friend and Pastor
Rev Colin MacLeod