The Word of God came to me during a Sunday morning meeting at Woodspring Church in early 2016. Our guest speaker Barbara Brockbank brought a message to the church from Isaiah 54:
“Enlarge the place of your tent and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left, and your offspring will possess the nations and will people the desolate cities” Isaiah 54:2-3 ESV
The word resounded to me during the message, “a bible college for Weston-super-Mare”. Such a concept was not in my thinking and I believe this is a word from God of what He wants to see established in Weston-super-Mare. I am more persuaded by the way the next steps towards its fruition have opened up.
Bibliotec is the unfolding vision in obedience to the Word given from God. Our vision is to establish a Bible College of some form in Weston-super-Mare, so that Christians are equipped to bring the kingdom of God into every area of society.
Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, but the Lord never asks for our opinions but expects our obedience to him.
The Steps so far
Believing that God would order my steps in bringing this word to fruition the journey has developed as follows:
- I have done some research into what a Bible College is and the many Bible Colleges that exist in the UK.
- I spoke at the Swansea Church in the spring of 2016. At the end of this time of sharing I mentioned that I had had this word about a bible college for Weston-super-Mare. Following the meeting I met Richard Maton, who had been at the Bible College for Wales in Swansea under Samuel Howells. Although we did not speak about the college following our conversation I felt a leap of the Holy Spirit from Richard to me, something I have not felt previously or since.
- Lorraine Bennett brought a word during my ‘Longest day of prayer’ in June 2016 to “make it plain”. I have subsequently taken a few times out to sit, pray and write down notes on the possible form of this bible college.
- Following my encounter in Swansea I determined to read about the Bible College in Wales and consequently read Richard’s book ‘Samuel, son of Rees Howells’ and ‘Rees Howells – Intercessor’ by Norman P. Grubb making notes on matters that I believed relevant. We have taken quotes from these books and included them in the website.
- I believed that the Lord wanted me to attend Liz Baker’s Old Testament evening class which commenced in September 2016. I regularly attended this course which was held at Locking Castle Church and lasted for 22 weeks finishing in April 2017. The course built on my knowledge of the OT as well as allowing me to have received from someone who has a legacy of teaching in the town;
- At a Christian retreat at Hothorpe Hall in Leicestershire in November 2016 the name ‘Bibliotec’ resounded in my mind on a number of occasions over the weekend. I believe that this is the name that the Bible College is to be known by.
- Since the Summer of 2017 I have met with Christian friends to share my heart and hear from them.
- In January 2018 I shared my testimony and asked to meet with others who has a heart for this initiative. Andrew Williams and Paul Gill came forward and we have been meeting ever since to pray and plan taking Bibliotec forward.
David Knight March 2018
One thing is certain that nothing is too hard for the Lord, nor is it ever too late for Him.