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Theory on Sogam by Dr. Joon Ki Jung

The following is an excerpt of “Theory on Sogam” presented by Dr. Joon Ki Jung. It was delivered by him as a special message in UBF 2006 World Mission Report in Seoul. The English translation is not done by UBF but by me.

http://www.ubf.or.kr/bbs/view.php?id=2006Missionaryconference&page=1&sn1=&divpage=1&sn=off&ss=on&sc=on&select_arrange=headnum&desc=asc&no=26

소감(所感, testimony)의 한문의 뜻은 “느끼는 바”이며 영어명의 의미는 “신앙의 고백, 간증”입니다. 그러나 UBF의 소감은 UBF에서 독특하게 사용하는 개념으로서, 성경을 ‘관찰’, ‘해석’, ‘행하는’ 귀납적인 성경공부를 하는 가운데 탄생한 용어입니다. 단순히 주관적으로 느끼는 바를 기록한 것이 아니라, 성경 말씀에 기초해 자신을 비추어 보고 깊이 생각하는 가운데 성경적인 가치관, 성경적인 관점에서 자아를 형성하도록 돕기 위한 글쓰기입니다. 즉, 소감이란 성경의 메시지를 통해 본인이 깨달은 점을 글로 쓰는 것이라고 정의할 수 있습니다. 이러한 소감에는 세 가지 필요 요건이 있는데 성경 말씀, 회개(죄 고백), 결단이 있어야 한다. 처음 소감을 쓰는 사람들은 말씀에 대한 묵상 없이 그 말씀에 대한 자신의 생각을 나열하는 경우가 많은데, UBF에서는 그러한 소감을 지양(止揚)하며 자신의 생각이 아닌 성경 말씀 자체를 정리하고 깊이 영접하도록 훈련을 줍니다. 그러나 이 훈련이 인위적이거나 강압적이지는 않습니다.

Sogam(所感, testimony), according to Chinese translation, is to express one’s thought on something. Its English translation is to confess one’s Christian faith. But Sogam in UBF has different meaning. The meaning of UBF Sogam has been formed through inductive bible study in which one first observes a bible passage, interprets it and applies it to his life. When one writes a Sogam, he does not simply express his subjective opinion. Sogam is designed to help one deeply think about himself based on the Bible that he can view himself and shape his identity based on biblical value system. So Sogam is defined as writing what one has learned through a message in the Bible. There are three elements that make up a Sogam: word of God, repentance (confession of one’s sin) and making a decision. Those who write a Sogam for the first time tend to list their personal thoughts about a bible passage without deeply meditating on it. UBF does not encourage such Sogams. In UBF one is trained to pay more attention to what the Bible says than to one’s personal thoughts so that he can accept the word of God deeply. But one is not manipulated against one’s will to receive this training in UBF.
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