2016 Bible Advocate Themes

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Year theme: “Equip for Discipleship”


In Matthew 28:16-20, the Great Commission calls Jesus’ disciples to go and make disciples. This command involves following Jesus as Savior and Lord and learning to obey and embody all that He has commanded.

In Ephesians 4:11-13; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17, Paul writes that God has given apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers (His servants) and “all Scripture” (His Word) for the equipping of disciples toward these divine goals: righteousness, every good work, the unity of the faith, and the very measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.

In 2016, the Bible Advocate seeks articles (600-1200 words) on the following discipleship themes and contexts, especially as found in the framework outlined in Ephesians 4:4, 5:


January-February: One God – One Lord – foundation in Jesus the Son of God (Savior, Lord, Word, person, ministry, teaching, work, example, etc.) Deadline: October 15, 2015


March-April: One God – One Baptism – individual’s journey begins (sin, salvation, call, kingdom, gospel, repentance, etc.); also Lord’s Supper service Deadline: December 11, 2015


May-June: One God – One Faith – long walk of trust and obedience (story, Scripture, belief, faithfulness, covenant, commandments, doctrine, etc.) Deadline: February 15, 2016


July-August: One God – One Spirit – personal power and presence of God (heart transformation, spiritual fruits and gifts, sanctification, glory, etc.) Deadline: April 15, 2016


September-October: One God – One Body – communal context of the church (polity, culture, community, family, belonging, accountability, etc.) Deadline: June 13, 2016


November-December: One God – One Hope – prophetic expectation for history (Israel, kingdom, current events, watching, warning, finish line, etc.) Deadline: August 12, 2016


Please refer to the writer’s guidelines for specifics on how to submit.



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