Greetings, Bible Advocate readers and writers. I’m happy to announce our 2018 themes.
“This We Believe — Canon and Creed”
We’re a Christ-centered, Spirit-formed, and Bible-based church, but what does that look like specifically? What substantive implications follow for faith and practice? In 2018, all six issues of the Bible Advocate will be dedicated to examining details of doctrine and lifestyle and why these matter for a vibrant 21st century church. As believers committed to the canon of Scripture and to the work of the Spirit in guiding us into truth and sanctification, we desire to equip each member to know what we believe and live that creed in times of tremendous cultural confusion.
Our theme, “This We Believe — Canon and Creed,” is a year-long investigation of our statement of faith as elaborated in This We Believe: Teachings of the Church of God (Seventh Day). (Order it here.) I invite my fellow believers and readers to join me in this special effort. It’s our hope that these BA issues encourage a robust formation of belief and behavior in all of us. Each will focus on two of the twelve statements of faith. The topics listed below are thematic suggestions; your writing options are wide open.
January-February: Knowing God – Father, Son, Spirit, and Scripture
Topics: Canon and creed; God revealed in Scripture; names and nature of God; worship of God; the plan and work of God found in the biblical story.
Deadline: October 16, 2017
March-April: Being Human – Creation, Fall, Restoration
Topics: Human dignity and purpose; gender identity; sin, bondage, and guilt; state of the dead; grace of God, rescue in Christ; renewal in the Spirit.
Deadline: December 15, 2017
May-June: Royal Law – Sabbath and the Law of the Lord
Topics: Law, love, and covenant; cultural idolatry and covetousness; law of Christ; law points to Christ; Ten Commandments in Scripture; gospel in Torah.
Deadline: February 16, 2018
July-August: Christian Living – Marriage and Lifestyles
Topics: Biblical marriage and family under secular pressure; divorce; tech and morality; the single Christian; eating, drinking, and celebrating the Bible way.
Deadline: April 16, 2018
September-October: Life Together – Church and Its Ordinances
Topics: The intergenerational church; the disciplined church; the hospitable church; baptism and living it daily; Lord’s Supper and Passover; tithing.
Deadline: June 15, 2018
November-December: Kingdom Come – Prophecy and End Times
Topics: Advent theme in New Testament; “Day of the Lord” motif in Old Testament; Antichrist; how Revelation speaks today; kingdom now and then.
Deadline: August 17, 2018
Thanks for considering writing with us for the sake of the grace and truth of Christ. The BA appreciates your prayers, support, and contributions. Please feel free to contact Sherri Langton with questions or ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may read or download our writer’s guideline here.