Bible Society's seminar after the 2022 National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast (NPPB) drew together a diverse panel of thinkers and mission practitioners to talk about how we can discover the biblical foundations of discipleship. We heard from different cultures and different generations about the most pressing problems facing the Church today, and how the Bible can support believers as disciples today.
Prof David Ford brought insights from John's Gospel; Pastor Kola Taiwo talked about how the Bible was crucial in bringing his church through lockdown; Emily Shepherd talked about Welcome Churches and the challenges posed by the refugee crisis; Jess Dubock spoke as a young person; Hugh Osgood brought vast experience as a church leader; Matjaž Črnivec brought an international perspective, and we also heard from Bible Society's Chief Executive Paul Williams.
How does Generation Z experience the Church? ‘Stop hiding from big questions, otherwise my generation will hide from them too. Give us a voice in the Church. Help us to grow into the next generation of disciples of Christ,’ says Year 12 student Jess Dubock.
At the Festival of Sukkoth, Jesus cries out to all the crowd, 'Let anyone who is thirsty come to me.' Jesus is about desire, says Prof David Ford. The author of The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary talks about what it means to desire God.
You can buy David Ford's book The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary and Paul Williams' book Exiles on Mission at discounted prices here.