NOTE: This article is part 1 of 5 articles and part of a series of reviews of official, public UBF teaching material. My series is here: Hardcore 1:1
The UBF title of the slideshow is:
“The Hardcore Contents of 1:1 Bible Study”
If I was going to mock UBF and make up a title for fun, my title would be:
“The Hardcore Contents of 1:1 Bible Study”
This presentation was given at an event that is highly regarded in UBF and intended to convince an entire “second generation” to pass on the UBF heritage.
Here are the links published by UBF in Germany. Before reading my review, please watch these presentations. I’m not making this stuff up and it might be hard to believe unless you see for yourself.
My Previous Post
I blogged about this material before, but only partially. On my link below you will find some of my screenshots of the UBF slideshows, in case the links above stop working.
Slide 2 – Who am I? What do I do?
The person presenting this material is an older “second gen” (i.e. son of a UBF missionary). He tells us who his parents are and some personal details. This is how UBF almost always introduces themselves. It seems normal enough– and it is fairly normal. UBF “comes down” to a personal level before the orientation begins. The odd thing is that we immediately get distracted by the good qualities of the person giving the presentation.
Slide 3 – Key Verses
The presenter continues to focus our attention on himself by quoting his life key verses. While having life Bible verses is a good thing, I wonder why we need to know this in the presentation? How do these verses relate to the topic at hand? What is the topic at hand? Oh yea, I’m still wondering what “hardcore content” means…
Slide 4 – Outline
Still not sure what we are talking about here, but we now are given an outline of talking points. Here they are. This Part 1 of my review covers sections 1 through 4:
- Introduction: Why? (slides 5 – 6) 2 slides
- Definition (slides 8 – 9) 2 slides
- Origin (slides 11 – 14) 4 slides
- Importance (slides 16 – 18) 3 slides
- Advantages & Potential (slides 20 – 26) 7 slides
- Obstacles vs. Motivation (slides 28 – 31) 4 slides
- Practical Application (slides 33 – 39) 7 slides
- Conclusion: God’s hope! (slides 41 – 44) 4 slides
Observations about the Introduction section 1
Asking “why” before “what”. Before we know “what” the presentation is really all about, we are asked “why”. Why do we have to think about 1:1 bible study and why is it relevant to us today? Well the assumption by the presenter is that the audience already knows what 1:1 bible study is. Perhaps that is true, but I think the audience might still be wondering about “hardcore content”. What does “hardcore” mean?
Only one purpose: propagate UBF. On slide 6 we get the one and only “why”: “to inherit the great legacy of UBF”. No other reason is given. We simply “have to know what 1:1 bible study is about”. This clearly reveals the heart and mind of UBF leaders. Don’t fool yourself into thinking that a UBF director cares more passionately about anything besides passing on UBF heritage.
Observations about the Definition section 2
1:1 is defined as a permanent, spiritual relationship. On slide 9, UBF reveals here their all-important teaching that UBF is your “true family of God” and that your bible teacher is your “parent”.
Observations about the Origin section 3
1:1 is bound to God’s way to save the world. If you think there might be many ways to carry out Christian discipleship in various contexts and cultures, this presentation tells you that you are wrong. UBF 1:1 is “God’s way” and apparently there is no other way. In these slides, UBF ties UBF heritage to Moses, Jesus and Paul, as well most other important Bible figures.
UBF is the only result of Jesus, Bible and Church. Slide 14 says it all. What do you get when you mix Jesus, the Bible and Church together? Well according to this world-class slide, you get UBF, which is apparently the best of all worlds.
Observations about the Importance section 4
There are no alternatives to UBF 1:1. I think, perhaps, we have hit the “hardcore” part of the presentation. In the form of questions, UBF teaches that UBF ways of 1:1 are the “best way of teaching the bible and serving God in our generation” and there are no alternatives to be seen.
Christian pragmatism 101. Not sure what slide 17 is about… but it certainly is the place where UBF would normally bash all other “hallelujah” Christians who aren’t worth anything because they aren’t part of the supremely disciplined UBF group.
More to come…
I have to stop here. I am so nauseated by these teachings that I have to stop for now. The presentation goes downhill fast from here.