Spotlight on… Watcyn James

Three passages have been central to my experience, to my understanding of the immensity of the grace of God and to the hope contained in the gospel..

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?

The first passage is John 10:10  “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” This spoke to me at the time of the beginning of my Christian walk with God. It is the message that changed my life and the message that underpins my preaching ministry and witness.

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

One passage that keeps on recurring in my thoughts is a verse which sustained godly people in times of opposition. Isaiah 11:9 “They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea.” Sometimes we do get discouraged. But we always have this promise that one day the whole world will be filled with the knowledge of God. Its  His promise, and has not been revoked. Holding on to key promises helps us to hold on to the freshness of what the Lord of heaven continues to speak in to our lives.

What does your regular practice of Bible reading look like?

I find that systematic working through books of the Bible enables us to grasp the overarching themes of scripture. Ideally, alongside this, a good, solid commentary, tackling a verse or a short passage at the time also enables us to wrestle  with the text at a deeper level. The Word does not master us in a day- neither do we master the word in a lifetime.

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

Don’t give up now! The third passage that encourages me is the theme of Colossians 1:15 ff.  We have a preeminent, glorious saviour, Jesus Christ,  who is restoring the whole of a fallen creation to himself. Through him alienated people can come in to a relationship with God, reconciled, forgiven and awaiting fulfilment by his promise, “if indeed  you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard.” Continuing, being stable and not shifting from the hope offered and procured in the gospel draws us back to the word.

What is your prayer for the Biblefresh initiative?

My hope for the initiative is that the Churches across the UK may rediscover the breadth and joy filled confidence of knowing- with the humility of recognising that our understanding is but through a glass darkly-  that the knowledge of God revealed in Scripture is thoroughly life transforming, changing us from glory in to glory, both as individuals and communities touched by grace.

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.