Episode 073

Refugee Aid, Bible Engagement, & Victory 

Apr 13, 2022

The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission will host a webinar on how Christians can help refugees. Americans are less engaged with the Bible and are less likely to say the Bible influences their lifestyle than in previous years, the American Bible Society (ABS) said in its 2022 State of the Bible report. And in a Bible study published by Lifeway, the question is asked, “How would you describe a victory you’ve experienced recently?”

Transcript

The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission will host a webinar on how Christians can help refugees. It’s titled “How Christians Can Serve Refugees.” It’s scheduled for April 19 at 12:30 p.m. CDT.

Some of the questions to be discussed are:

  • What are some of the geopolitical factors that have led to an influx of refugees around the world?
  • How does the refugee resettlement process work, both here in the U.S. and around the world?
  • What are some misconceptions Christians might have about refugees?
  • What are some practical ways Christians can serve refugees in their local communities?

Speakers include Bryant Wright, president of Send Relief, Southern Baptists’ compassion ministry; Matthew Soerens, U.S. Director of Church Mobilization for World Relief; Bri Stensrud, director of Women of Welcome, a non-partisan, advocacy group for immigrants and refugees; and acting ERLC President Brent Leatherwood.

The webinar is free and registration can be found at ERLC.com.

Americans are less engaged with the Bible and are less likely to say the Bible influences their lifestyle than in previous years, the American Bible Society (ABS) said in its 2022 State of the Bible report.

Scripture engagement is down 21 percent from 2021. Only 49 million Americans fit the ABS criteria of Scripture engaged in 2022, down from 64 million in 2021 and 71 million in 2020.

Nearly 26 million Americans either stopped interacting with the Bible altogether or reduced their Bible usage, ABS said.

The 2022 report, conducted in collaboration with the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago, is based on 2,598 responses from a representative sample of adults 18 and older in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The study was conducted online and on the telephone Jan. 10-28.

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In a Bible study published by Lifeway, the question is asked, “How would you describe a victory you’ve experienced recently?”

The study taken from John 16, looks at the victory Jesus declares over the world.

Jesus said, “I have conquered the world” (John 16:33). He did not say “maybe” or “hopefully.” He spoke confidently as the Creator of the universe who knew it was impossible not to finish the job. Jesus is the Conqueror of the world. If you have a relationship with God through Christ, He’s your Conqueror. Jesus lived the perfect life, and it has meaning for us. He died a saving death for us. Jesus rose from the dead, conquering death itself, and He says to us, “My victory is yours.” We are conquerors because He is. We can have peace and live with courage because our victory is in Christ.

Read more from the Bible study at BaptistPress.com.

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