The Presbyterian Reformed Church, Stockton-on-Tees, held a special meeting at the Bible Centre, Frederick Street, on 12 February.
There were both regular and new visitors. The minister, Pastor Roy Mohon, led the service and the speaker was Dr David Allen of the Trinitarian Bible Society (TBS).
Dr Allen gave an address on the Saviour’s words in John 14:1: ‘Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me’. There were various reasons why the disciples were troubled, and it is so for Christians today, but the Lord urges, ‘Let not your heart be troubled’.
Solid sources of hope were identified. One that struck home profoundly was that the Lord Jesus Christ said this at the very time his own heart was troubled. ‘When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me’ (John 13:21).
It is a source of great comfort to believers that Christ was troubled, as our High Priest, in order that we trusting in him might not be troubled.
Dr Allen reported on recent encouraging TBS work. It was striking to hear that 45,000 Bibles commemorating the Queen’s Jubilee had been distributed to schoolchildren in 2012.
He also outlined some of the international impact of the TBS, with accounts of conversions from Islam and Buddhism. With 37 new Bible translations presently in progress, there is still plenty of work to pray for.
The proceedings closed with informal fellowship, enjoyed over refreshments.
Picture shows Dr Allen on right, and Pastor Mohon immediately to his left.