Soutwestern Washington Synod Assembly 2009 Book of Faith Presentation
Thank you so much for giving us your time and attention- What can BOF do for you?
As a pastor I have the opportunity to walk alongside some more “seasoned saints” who have taught me much about the power of the Word of God to guide through life and bring comfort at the end of life. One such saint was Alida Anderson. Alida, left behind among other things, her Bible, “The Book” well-worn, with dog eared pages and many underlined passages. Alida turned to God’s word in her time of need for comfort and strength. You can learn a lot about a person from the Bible that they read. Here are a few things I found underlined in her Bible.
“White hair is a crown of glory and is seen most among the godly.” Prov.16:31
“It is better to live in the corner of an attic than with a crabby woman in a lovely home.” Pr. 21:9
“Keep your mouth closed and you’ll stay out of trouble.” There is an AMEN by this one. Pr. 21:23
“Teach a child to choose the right path, and when he is older he will remain upon it.” Pr. 22:6
“Trust in the Lord,” Pr. 22:19
“It is a wonderful thing to be alive. If a person lives to be very old, let him rejoice in every day of life, but let him also remember that eternity is far longer and that everything down here is futile in comparison.” Eccl. 11:7-8
The Bible, the book of faith that guided her through life brought comfort in death. This Book, “the Book” that was at Alida’s bedside was read, studied, underlined, memorized, at times wrestled with and pondered in her heart.
Another story – a woman who came to our church after experiencing the death of her husband…searching, looking for words of comfort, came with her grandson who had brought his Bible with him to church, Janet had not been to church in years and didn’t grow up with any kind of faith backround. After the worship service see went out with her grandson and he helped her buy her first Bible. …
Alida and Janet…..embody what the Book of Faith initiative is really about. It is not so much about doing a Bible study program but about encouraging people to open the book. It is more about Biblical fluency than Biblical literacy. It is not about conforming to a certain model of Bible study but about conversation with this Book of Faith. Not about translations but about transformation of lives as we engage this Book.
Getting back to seeing the word of God as the precious gift that it is.. God’s loveletter to us….and getting folks to again read this book and engage in conversation about it’s message and the stories in this book..that is what the BOF is
The vision for the Book of Faith Initiative:“That the whole church become more fluent in the first language of faith, the language of Scripture, in order that we might live into our calling as a people renewed, enlivened and empowered and sent by the Word.”
BOF Initiative is just that putting a priority on valuing and reading this book. ..
There will be more information about resources/tools for Bible study and reading the Bible. We encourage you to do three things:
- Go to the website at www.bookoffaith.org- explore the website and learn more about how your congregation can become involved and check out the social networks for great resources and support
- Sign up to be a book of faith congregation…currently we have only a few churches signed up and we would like to have 100% of our churches supporting this initiative.
- Come to the event:
October 17 Intersynodical/LENS event: Calvary, Federal Way
Living Word. So What! A Vision, a Voice, and a Vocation with Diane Jacobson.
A wonderful opportunity to join with clergy and lay leaders of the Northwestern WA and Southwest Wa congregations and discover the potential of the Book of Faith in rich conversation, and joyful worship.