One difficulty which most Christians face is how to study and interact with the Bible. Often, Bible translators face a situation whereby a new Bible translation has been completed and launched but few of the native speakers of the language, use this new Bible. In order to encourage more Bible owners to engage with the Word of God, Scripture Engagement methods were developed.
In technical terms, Scripture Engagement is simply the facilitation of access and life-changing encounters or interactions with the Bible and through that, with God Himself. Hence, if you are thinking of developing a Scripture Engagement programme, you will need to consider providing access to the Scriptures, facilitating encounters with the Scriptures and creating a climate of receptivity to God and the truth in His Word.
1. ACCESS TO SCRIPTURE TEXT
By providing access it means that the local Christian community has physical access to textual print of the Scripture text (i.e. printed Bible) or downloadable free digital Bibles via a smartphone app (e.g. YouVersion, Biblegateway, etc) or an audio recording (e.g. Bible.is) or a video composition of the Scripture text into handphones or tablets or computers. Scripture Engagement specialists do normally assess and determine what distribution media formats (whether printed, digital or audio ) would work best for the specific community and formats that would enrich Scriptural truths. In some cases, it may well involve a combination of media formats for distribution of the Scripture text. In other cases, the translated Scriptures are released in printed text form together with an audio recording to help promote fluency in reading the Scripture text as a read-along program. In a most recent development, an audio recording is synchronized with a copy of the digital Scripture text in a smartphone app. called Scripture App Builder. As the text is read out by the audio recording, the text verses are highlighted.
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