Interview with Scott Marques pt 1

Tell us a bit about yourself
My father is Portuguese, my mother Scottish, but I was born and grew up in what is now Zimbabwe, and am celebrating my 50th birthday this year!  I’m married to Claire, and we have two children in their early 20s – Kimberley and Steven.  We are also a place of safety, and are in the process of adopting a baby.  

What calling do you have on your life?

I feel compelled by the Great Commission to make disciples through real life engagement.  It is not just a theoretical or conceptual academic process of a renewed mind, but it is also a lived-out reality of a different lifestyle.   
The church provides a beautiful God-designed context for discipleship to happen and for those disciples to go into all the world and make disciples.  I see all of my life fitting into God’s great purpose of making disciples and seeing the church strengthened and multiplying to do that commission that God has called us to.

I deeply desire my personal life to be an expression of discipleship and to feed into church- strengthening, my marriage, my business, what I eat, how I exercise… every part of my life for the ultimate purpose of enhancing my effectiveness in God to make disciples and to see the church strong and replicating.

What do you think is the purpose of the church?  

I would see the purpose of the church is to bring God’s full life to the world, to see people receiving the gospel and being made followers of Christ.  Sung praise, lived obedience, lost reached – it all brings glory to God.  But right at the heart of it, at the heart of bringing glory to God through the church is the church fulfilling the commission that he gave us.Charles Spurgeon would influence my thinking on this; for example, his quote, the great object of glorifying God is to be mainly achieved by the winning of souls. We must see souls born to God. If we do not win souls, we should mourn as a farmer who sees no harvest, as the fishermen who returns to his cottage with an empty net. And we live in this moment in eternity which is a very finite opportunity and the main purpose is to take the gospel to the ends of the earth that all may be saved.

What do you think is the purpose of business?
God’s blessing was for us to be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth to tend and care for the garden that God gave us work to do, to be a blessing within the context of his blessing on earth. Business is an expression of that.
I would see the main purpose of business is the stewardship of resources that God has entrusted to us.  I think it is a magnificent expression of stewardship of surplus where God has given us the ability to generate wealth.
  And we declare that by giving and not having control over that money that we have sown I think there’s another way in which God’s image in us through the stewardship of natural resources is demonstrated. And that is in the blessing of the natural resources and the community as a whole, that we are able to multiply.  So the very ability to farm, for example, in a sustainable way, in a way that builds the soil and builds the atmosphere and preserves and conserves water and the environment, is in itself a demonstration of God’s will and God’s nature, to buy and sell at a profit, without greed. Business and work essentially are right at the heart of God’s creation, put in place before the fall.  Work itself is not a consequence of the fall, but part of the creation of man in God’s image.

Scott is a lead elder in the River of Life church in Harare, Zimbabwe. He leads one of the Newfrontiers apostolic spheres serving churches across Southern Africa called Disciple Nations (DNa) and also has a leadership role in several businesses. 

Interviewed and summarised by Chris Page.

This entry was posted by andymoyle on Thursday, March 11th, 2021 at 2:28 pm and is filed under Uncategorised.

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