Speaker – Hebrews 12

On Monday’s we like to draw your attention to certain aspects of the Scottish Women’s Convention. We asked our speaker Carrie Sandom to share more about what she will be speaking on.  Carrie will also be running a seminar “Reading and understanding the Old Testament”.

What are you speaking about at the Scottish Women’s Convention and why?Run the Race Design

We will be looking at Hebrews 12 together under the title “Run the Race”! The longer I have been a Christian and the longer I have been in Christian ministry the more I can see that we need encouragement to keep going in the race of faith. The writer to the Hebrews knew this too and wrote to encourage his readers to fix their eyes on Jesus. We will be looking at what this means in practice and how the Lord can use even the hardest of times to spur us on.

What is the title of your seminar at the Scottish Women’s Convention?  What is it about?

Reading and understanding the Old Testament”

How can the Old Testament scriptures, written hundreds of years before Jesus was born, have any relevance for us living in the 21st century? And what do we need to bear in mind if we are going to understand them properly and then apply them today?

Why is this seminar topic important?

Many Christians find reading the Old Testament difficult and can’t see how it relates to Jesus and the New Testament, let alone how it relates to us today. But the OT is crucial to our understanding of who God is and what His purposes are throughout history. If we are to grow in our understanding of all that Jesus has done in the New Testament then we need to understand the Old Testament better. This seminar seeks to help us do just that.

Thursday Spotlight

On Thursday’s we want to give you an insight into the lives of some of the women involved in the Scottish Women’s Convention.  Some of these women are involved in full time ministry in the local Church, while others balance serving in the church with a secular job.

We sent various people a questionnaire asking them to give us a taste of what they do, the challenges they face and what they are looking forward to about the Scottish Women’s Convention.

IMG_1307Meet Agnes Brough.  Agnes works at The Tron Church in Glasgow City Centre.  She is also the mastermind behind the Scottish Women’s Convention!

Prior to her current role Agnes studied law Cambridge and worked in the Lord Chancellor’s Department for 8 years.

What area of ministry do you work in?

A mixture – I work with children, teenagers and students and I run the church bookroom.

How did you come to work in this particular area of ministry?

How long have you got?  I always loved working with children and that grew into a desire to show them Jesus in the Scriptures.  And not a “children’s message” from a passage, but the real message of the passage, taught so that children could understand. 

Encouraged by my church in London, I trained to be a primary teacher and then at the Cornhill Training Course – before being offered a job in Glasgow (thanks to a little, innocent nepotism) teaching God’s Word to children, teenagers, students, office workers … a whole lot more than I had bargained for! 

Give one great challenge and one great joy of working in gospel ministry?

The greatest challenge is my own sinful nature and the greatest joy is to see a young person growing into adulthood and standing firm in the truth just as they’d been taught. 

What one thing has the Lord been teaching you about yourself and himself in recent times?

That He is good – much more willing to give me good gifts when I ask than I often give Him credit for – and that I should be less fearful about facing the to-do list!

What thing about the Scottish Women’s Convention are you looking forward to and why?

Lots.  Loo queue chat.  Meeting sisters in Christ from across Scotland.  Coffee queue chat. A big sing.  Bookstall queue chat. God’s Word doing God’s work in women’s hearts  – mine and yours.