Four years ago at the Orlando assembly, the Book of Faith proposal was just an idea — but it’s an idea that captured our imagination,” said Diane L. Jacobson, Old Testament professor at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minn., who directs the initiative.
Since its adoption by the 2007 Churchwide Assembly, the idea has become a commitment that ELCA members re-engage themselves with God’s word and become fluent in the language of faith through reading and studying the Bible.
“As we encounter God’s word, something happens to us,” she told the assembly before beginning a Bible study on the Prodigal Son. “We experience God’s promises. The Bible delivers Christ to us, so alive we’re transformed.”
Jacobson said there are now 1,000 “official” Book of Faith congregations and 2,386 people are talking to each other about Scripture at “Join the Conversation” (at the Book of Faith Web site). Volunteer advocates also are at work in synods.
“Everywhere I go,” she added, “I find people ashamed of what they don’t know. So people stay away from Bible study in droves. Here’s our chance to name the shame and get past it. Let the word grow among us."
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