2020 BA Themes Announced

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2020 BA THEMES

ANNUAL THEME: THE MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION

 

Greetings readers! I’m excited to announce the 2020 Bible Advocate theme and issue sub-themes.

In one of the most profound and exciting passages of Scripture, Paul explains to the church what God has done for us in Christ. Reconciliation restores relationship and is nothing less than “new creation” and the ministry of the new covenant. It is all a gift of God through Jesus Christ.

But remarkably, God has committed this ministry of reconciliation to us. Together, we are workers with God, ambassadors for Christ, praying, “Be reconciled to God!” even as we are being made the righteousness of God in Him. In our deeply divided world, is there a more important message? What a responsibility!

It’s humbling. We can’t be His ministers of reconciliation if we aren’t already new creatures reconciled to God in Christ. Therefore, the six BA issues of 2020 will explore the details of this divine ministry, and we invite you to join the effort. Our editorial team is looking for content rich in biblical insight, personal testimony, and practical application that will inspire and equip the church to bring the reconciling peace of Christ to a bitterly broken world.

Take a look at the sub-themes, deadlines, and basic descriptions of each issue and consider contributing to the ministry. See below and/or download the theme flyer here.

— Jason Overman, Editor

 

January-February: Reconciled 2 Corinthians 5:18, 19 (vv. 14, 15, 21) — What God has accomplished for us in Christ
Article ideas: 
Personal and biblical reconciliation stories; word study on key terms (like reconcileatonement); the scope of peacemaking in Christ and the church. Spotlight on Ephesians 2
Submission deadlineOctober 14, 2019 

March-April: New Creation – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (vv. 14, 15) — Our new life as new creations in Christ
Article ideas: 
Personal and biblical new creation stories; word study on key terms (like creationlife); practical examples of how the love of Christ compels us. Spotlight on Revelation 21
Submission DeadlineDecember 13, 2019 

May-June: The Ministry – 2 Corinthians 5:1819 (cf. 3:3-9; 4:1; 6:3, 4) — God’s gift of a new covenant in Christ        Article ideas: Personal and biblical new covenant stories; word study on key terms (like ministrycovenant); the new and better promises of God in Christ. Spotlight on 2 Corinthians 3
Submission DeadlineFebruary 14, 2020 

July-August: Ambassadors – 2 Corinthians 5:20 — God’s ministers of reconciliation for Christ
Article ideas: 
Personal and biblical witness stories; word study on key terms (like ambassadormessage); how God’s reconciliation addresses broken relationships of every kind. Spotlight on Philemon                                                                    Submission DeadlineApril 13, 2020 

September-October: Becoming 2 Corinthians 5:21 (v. 15; 3:18) — Being made the righteousness of God in Christ
Article ideas: 
Personal and biblical sanctification stories; word study on key terms (like righteousness of God); process of Spirit transformation from glory to glory. Spotlight on Romans 8
Submission DeadlineJune 15, 2020 

November-December: Together 2 Corinthians 6:1, 2 (vv. 14-21; 4:1-4a) — Workers with God in Christ
Article ideas: 
Personal and biblical us/we stories; word study on key terms (like ministersworkers); themes of team ministry, blameless ministry, day of salvation. Spotlight on Ephesians 4
Submission DeadlineAugust 14, 2020 

Jason Overman

Jason Overman is Editor of Publications of the Bible Advocate Press. After 24 years in the publishing industry (in sales and management) with the Harrison Daily Times, Jason left his general manager’s position to join the BAP family in 2015. He has served in ministry for 30 years and currently pastors the Church of God (Seventh Day) in Jasper, Arkansas, with his wife, Stephanie, and two children, Tabitha and Isaac. Jason enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading theology, playing his guitar, and taking in the beautiful Ozark Mountains he calls home.

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Jason Overman is Editor of Publications of the Bible Advocate Press. After 24 years in the publishing industry (in sales and management) with the Harrison Daily Times, Jason left his general manager’s position to join the BAP family in 2015. He has served in ministry for 30 years and currently pastors the Church of God (Seventh Day) in Jasper, Arkansas, with his wife, Stephanie, and two children, Tabitha and Isaac. Jason enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading theology, playing his guitar, and taking in the beautiful Ozark Mountains he calls home.