13th August 2015
I love London - there is so much to do and see right on our doorstep!
Recently I went on a tour of the British Museum with a group of pastors led by Mick Taylor. Among the mummies and ancient statues are many objects which date back to the time when the Old Testament was written. It was amazing to see a wooden board game that was discovered at Ur, the wealthy city Abraham came from; or an elaborate wall decoration made of glazed painted tiles from the Palace at Susa during the time of Queen Esther; stone balls and a slingshot just like the one David used against Goliath; writing on clay tablets which document the culture of Babylon and Egypt - you can imagine how that would have impacted the people of Israel; and seals and boundary stones that explain how things were done in Biblical times.
It’s great to remember that our faith is a historic one, grounded in ordinary people’s lives, geography and true events. We have in the Bible the most wonderful collection of 66 books, written over thousands of years. It documents dramatic stories of real people, songs written to celebrate real victories and to mourn real defeats. It records words that challenged the people of the day to love God with all their hearts. The Old Testament zooms into one tiny baby in the bulrushes and then chronicles the deliverance of a whole nation through the Red Sea. The scope is massive but the themes throughout are consistent. God loves us. He wants to gather a people and He will do whatever it takes to rescue them. The birth of a baby in the New Testament begins the fulfilment of the story.
Interesting though they are, I don’t need to see a lot of crumbling artefacts to believe the Bible - when I read it, or meet with others in a group to discuss it together, it comes alive. My heart witnesses that, just like Abraham, I need to leave my games and follow after God; just like David, if I listen and obey God amazing things happen. Each week during term time, hundreds of people across King’s meet in groups and discover the Bible has encouragement for them today. His word still speaks 'I love you' - 'Come, follow Me'.
I love the Bible - there's so much in it to do and see right there on my bookshelf! Why not start reading Luke’s gospel? Perhaps read a chapter a day and follow our parables teaching series. Or for ideas about how to get reading your Bible this summer go to youversion.com
Hilary Dalziel is the main driving force behind Groups at King's. She is part of the Pastoral Care Team, oversees marriage mentoring and organises much of the training of pastoral care staff and volunteers. Hilary is married to William and they have three grown up children.
Steve Tibbert is taking study leave and summer holiday and will be back in September.
Posted by Hilary Dalziel
Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.