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Study God's Word!
A Conference on Tips, Context, and Techniques


Date: September 13-14, 2019
Friday: 6:45 - 9 pm, Saturday: 8:30 am - 5 pm

Location: Westminster Chapel
Bellevue, WA

Cost: FREE

Sponsors: Helpmewithbiblestudy.org and Westminster Chapel


Someone recently shared that a famous Christian, reflecting upon his life, said, "I wish I spent more time reading the Bible than reading books about the Bible." His admission was making 3 statements:

1. Bible study is difficult.

2. Commentaries make Bible study easier.

3. Commentaries aren't always correct.

Amid declining biblical literarcy around the world, this conference brings together concerned scholars, pastors and teachers who desire to inspire you to read the Bible. We want to show you the beauty of God's word and His great agapē love.

If you are already a student of the Bible, bring someone younger than you and come join us! Be objective and open to the possibility of discovering something you did not know! We all need each other to help each other grow closer to God. Who knows, you might learn something new, which may affect your understanding and how you might live.

Restore the foundation of truth in our culture today one life at a time!


Do you see what we see?

Jesus seems to have addressed the problem of studying other sources in lieu of the Bible in the first century when Jewish rabbis considered the enigmatic prophecies of the Messiah. Confronting their reliance on the Midrash, their commentary of the Old Testament, Jesus asks, "have you never read?" (Matt 12:3-8; 21:15-16, 42-44 [Mark 12:10-11])

But the problems don't end there. Just as sects of Pharisees were divided among themselves, Christians today are divided over who is the accurate interpreter of the Truth, and who is the authentic Believer.

The apostle Paul dealt with this issue in a very blunt manner, "you aren't spiritual men, but men of flesh, as infants in Christ, involved with jealous quarrels!"

Indeed, even now you are not yet able, for you are still fleshly. For since there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not fleshly, and are you not walking like mere men? For when one says, "I am of Paul," and another, "I am of Apollos," are you not mere men? What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one. I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth. So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth. Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor. For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building. (1 Cor 3:2-9)

Bible study is difficult and it helps to consult others; you never know how the Holy Spirit will use an individual you may encounter in person or through his reference work whether they share your views or not. Tools like commentaries can help and make this process a collaborative affair but, the problem arises when one studies the commentary as an exclusive substitute.

This conference attempts to occasion a personal encounter with someone God may use to inspire you to read and study God's word.

Scholars have long recognized the need for sound objective biblical hermeneutics and the issues that cause much division. Addressing the primary causes of erroneous biblical interpretation, academic theologians have produced two statements that are worth reviewing:

The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy (1978) is in response to those who deny the inerrancy of the Bible.

The Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics (1982) is in response to erroneous hermeneutic approaches and clarifies biblical hermeneutic principles and methodology.

And the most important factor that should drive one's desire to study the Bible as well as care about another's progress in salvation, whether initial or ongoing, is agapē. How much do you have of this type of love?

"Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?" And He said to him, "'You shall love (agapaō) the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, 'You shall love (agapaō) your neighbor as yourself.' On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets." (Matt 22:36-40)

A new commandment I give to you, that you love (agapaō) one another, even as I have loved (agapaō) you, that you also love (agapaō) one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love (agapē) for one another." (John 13:34-35)

In the parlance of today, agapē is supposed to be your brand.


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