We live in uncertain times, as the political events of the last few months have shown. Thankfully, we do not worship an uncertain God, nor preach an uncertain gospel, nor have an uncertain hope. That’s one of the reasons why Christians need not be those ‘like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind’ (James 1:6).
It’s also the reason why we can continue to get on with our great commissions – to glorify God and make him known – regardless of what’s happening around us. That’s what this issue of the magazine is intended to help you to do. So, after we’ve allowed ourselves a brief reflection on Britain’s decision to leave the EU, you’ll find some practical help on calling a pastor from the FIEC’s Trevor Archer and Paul Mallard. Thankfully, calling a pastor isn’t something that most churches do all that frequently. That’s great, but the downside is that many church members (including elders and deacons) are often unsure of the biblical criteria for a pastor. This article will remind you of what matters most.
This issue is also helpful in reminding us that God is still at work. We’ve got testimonies to his continuing grace from a student at Aberystwyth and a short-term missionary in South Africa.
If you’re going through a tough time, or helping someone who’s struggling, you might want to turn to Phil Hill’s article on Suffering and a God of love right away. It’s an exposition of James 1:5-6 that will help you to pray and know the presence of God, even in the midst of struggle.
As you’d expect, we’ve biblical exposition too. Gary Brady draws his exposition of 1 Thessalonians to a close, and Gerard Hemmings continues his fascinating series looking at Jacob’s sons. Sheila Stephen examines the often unrecognised contributions widows made in biblical times, whilst Jonathan Thomas looks at Jesus’ words to Bartimaeus, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ What a great question to answer today!
And that’s only a small sample of what’s in store inside. Read on, and as you read, ask God to speak to you and draw near.