BA Themes

BA Themes

2020 Bible Advocate Themes

Annual Theme: The Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:14 — 6:2).

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 subthemes, deadlines, and basic descriptions of each issue and consider contributing to the ministry.

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 reconcile, atonement); the scope of peacemaking in Christ and the church. Spotlight on Ephesians 2. 

Submission deadline: October 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 creation, life); practical examples of how the love of Christ compels us. Spotlight on Revelation 21.

Submission Deadline: December 13, 2019

May-June: The Ministry – 2 Corinthians 5:18, 19 (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 ministry, covenant); the new and better promises of God in Christ. Spotlight on 2 Corinthians 3.

Submission Deadline: February 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 ambassador, message); how God’s reconciliation addresses broken relationships of every kind. Spotlight on Philemon.

Submission Deadline: April 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 Deadline: June 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 ministers, workers); themes of team ministry, blameless ministry, day of salvation. Spotlight on Ephesians 4.

Submission Deadline: August 14, 2020

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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 bibleadvocate@cog7.org. You may read or download our writer’s guideline here.

Grace and peace,
Jason Overman

Editor

 

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