Scripture Engagement Essentials
Uncover the Word is a national movement of people in the USA who are committing to the daily practice of Scripture engagement.
At the Uncover Summit, held November 7-9, 2011 in Orlando, Florida, participants pledged to:
- Declare their confidence in the God’s living and active Word.
- Renew their personal daily encounter with God in Scripture
- Restore the Bible to a place of centrality
- Dedicate themselves to create compelling invitations to Scripture engagement.
The Forum of Bible Agencies - North America (FOBA-NA) has led the call for Uncover the Word to become a flagship national campaign, inviting organizations and churches to commit to this Bible engagement renewal initiative.
"We wanted the research to address fairly both the positive impact and the challenges facing the FCBH program... This research took a brutally honest look at our own program, and found factual evidence to support our contention that audio scriptures are a valuable tool for use in making disciples in oral cultures."
Greg Fisher is the Regional Manager for Africa for Hosanna/Faith Comes By Hearing. In this 43-page ebook, he describes the methodology and results of a recent research project looking into the FCBH listening group programmes in Africa.
He asks: "What use had the end user made of the FCBH program? We knew what had been introduced into the field through our trainers, but, how had the program actually been used? In what interesting ways was it contextualized in different areas of Africa? What long term impacts would the end users of the program report to our researchers? We knew the long term impacts we hoped to see; however, we wanted to know the impacts the end user reported to help us to measure impacts hoped for against actual impacts seen."
The ebook is available as a download from Smashwords. [more...]
"The challenge for Bible translation is Scripture Engagement. A lot of translated Bibles after all that work are sitting in warehouses. Nobody knows about them, nobody wants them, they don't know what to do with them..."
Alan Roxburgh sat down with Harriet Hill in Malaysia in October 2009 to talk about her experience as the SIL International Scripture Use Coordinator. She tells stories of her experiences in Africa and her reflections on issues of language and contextualisation. Affirming the vital role of mother tongue, Harriet urges us not to worship it, but to remain focussed on Jesus Christ. [more...]
"We affirm that the Bible is the final written word of God, not surpassed by any further revelation, but we also rejoice that the Holy Spirit illumines the minds of God’s people so that the Bible continues to speak God’s truth in fresh ways to people in every culture... We must make the Bible known by all means possible, for its message is for all people on earth. We recommit ourselves, therefore, to the ongoing task of translating, disseminating and teaching the scriptures in every culture and language, including those that are predominantly oral or non-literary."
The Lausanne Movement has published a draft of Part 1 of The Cape Town Commitment - a statement to follow on from the Lausanne Covenant (1974) and the Manilla Manifesto (1989). It includes a section entitled "We love God's Word".
The role of Scripture In Mission was a special focus at the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization.
Translations are available in several languages. Part 2 (our call to action) will be published by December as a result of reflections from the Congress. [more...]