Spotlight on… Stephen Gaukroger

Please tell us about a time in your life when God spoke to you most vividly and personally through the Bible. Which passage was it and what did it mean to you at the time?

A couple of years ago I thought I was being called into a new area of ministry. God used Genesis 12 and the story of Abraham (Go to a land which I will show you) to confirm that it was right to take this step even though I didn’t know exactly what the shape of the future ministry would look like.

In recent years what has helped to keep the Bible fresh for you?

I have been one of the series editors for the Crossway bible guides for the last 10 years. Every time I receive a manuscript dealing with the next bible book I find new insights & helpful challenges in this material. Most of the bible has been covered by this series and so I’ve had the opportunity to have my bible knowledge strengthened by the wisdom of a wide range of bible teachers.

What does your regular practice of Bible reading look like?

My wife and I pray together each morning. I read the bible at different points in the day and sometimes set aside a whole afternoon or morning to read through a bible book at one sitting.

What would you say to a Christian who is struggling to read the Bible?

Sometimes it helps to read the bible with other people in a prayer partnership or triplet. Share your struggle with a trusted Christian leader. Don’t feel guilty when you get it wrong and don’t give up!

What is your prayer for the Biblefresh initiative?

That God will help churches and individuals fall in love with the Scripture all over again and make the bible central to all we believe and the way we live and order our church life.

About Biblefresh

For 2011, Biblefresh became a movement of hundreds of churches, agencies, colleges, festivals and denominations to encourage people, particularly within the church, to stop viewing the Bible as a toxic text, and find new ways to engage with passion with the Bible.