Views from the Pews - Explore the world you want

Penicuik Baptist Church
Penicuik Baptist Church

The world we all want. A bad political slogan? An abstract notion impossible to define? writes Penicuik Baptist Church pastor David Shedden.

No-one disagrees with the desire to make the world a better place. But what would that better world look like? Surely the world we all want is impossible because we all want different things?

I have been living in Penicuik for just over one year now. I enjoy living in Midlothian. I enjoy being close to Edinburgh. Yet I would love better transport. I know that people would love to see Penicuik town centre revitalised. Stop and think about it and there are things that we all want.

Views from the Pews started in February. The first two articles included stories from The Bible. All the stories of the Bible make one big story. It is the story of the world we all want.

God promises a world with no more tears, no more death, no more pain. In the Easter story Jesus died and rose again. The risen Jesus declares that he is making all things new.

Can the world we all want be true? The Bible claims that before his death and resurrection Jesus healed pain and suffering, even raised people from the dead.

If Jesus had that power before his death and resurrection, how much more can he change things now? If the Bible is true Jesus has the power to keep his promise.

Here is what we read in John’s Gospel:

Jesus did many signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.(Jhn 20:30,31; NKJV)

At Penicuik Baptist Church we use The World We All Want, a course written by Tim Chester and Steve Timmis.

Is it time for you to explore the world we all want? You can easily find details about The World We All Want. It is a book everyone should read, if only to keep the dream alive. But what if the dream is true?