Dr David Allen of the Trinitarian Bible Society visited the Presbyterian Reformed Church, Stockton-on-Tees on Tuesday 22 May. Folk attended from six local churches including the host church.
Dr Allen preached from Romans 1:16-17 where Paul affirms that he is ‘not ashamed’ of the gospel of Christ. We were reminded that Peter was three times ashamed to confess Christ and that we need to be on our guard. The text provides six reasons for not being ashamed.
They are as follows: (i) the gospel is ‘the gospel of Christ’, God’s only begotten Son; (ii) the gospel as the power of God is ‘dynamic’ according to a transliteration of the original Greek; (iii) the gospel believed brings salvation; (iv) the gospel is to everyone, Jew or Greek; (v) the gospel reveals the imputed righteousness provided by God; and (vi) the gospel is ‘from faith to faith’ excluding all human merit. These points were carefully developed with illustrations and personal applications.
A review was given of some of the translation work of the Trinitarian Bible Society, which now embraces Africa, Europe, the Middle East, India, Asia and the Americas. Illustrations of encouragements and setbacks were given in relation to specific projects such as the Portuguese and Armenian Bibles and translations for Ethiopia and Abkhazia on the eastern coast of the Black Sea.
Following the formal proceedings, members and visitors enjoyed a time of fellowship around refreshments. Having been converted over 50 years ago through reading the Bible, this occasion reminded me of the importance of financially supporting the translation and distribution of the Scriptures and how God still blesses such endeavour in remarkable ways.