Keswick '19 - Vaughan Roberts 1: Better than Wine
Song of Songs 1: 1 - 2: 7. The beauty of the Song of Songs, with its description of the romantic love of a man and a woman, has long delighted and intrigued Bible readers. The sensuous poetry with its powerful imagery draws us in, whatever our relational status, so we identify with the characters, but what is it doing in the Bible? At the very least, it is a book of wisdom, which helps us face the reality of love, loss and longing in this fallen world. But there is surely another level. All our longings point in the end to the ultimate relationship for which we were made, which has now been made possible by Christ, our bridegroom. Rightly understood, Songs will help us grow in knowledge and love of him in this present world, while we wait for the consummation of our relationship with him in the world to come.
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The Keswick Convention is a world-famous, annual gathering of Christian believers from around the UK. Keswick Ministries is committed to the spiritual renewal of God’s people for his mission in the world. There are three fundamental convictions which shape all they do: hearing God's Word, becoming like God's Son and serving God's mission. For more information please visit keswickministries.org.
Vaughan came to faith as he read through Matthew’s Gospel for himself as a teenager. After studying law at Cambridge University and a brief spell doing student ministry in South Africa, he moved to Oxford to study Theology at Wycliffe Hall and has lived in the city ever since. In 1991 he joined the staff of St Ebbe’s Church and since 1998 he has been Rector. He is also the Chairman of the Proclamation Trust.
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