Originally an annual conference in the Pacific Northwest, the venue changed in response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic of 2020 and
uncertainty with subsequent variants. To continue our efforts of serving the greater church with wonderful freely available Bible
study resources, we moved this conference to the Internet.
Someone recently shared that a renown Christian evangelist, 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 literacy 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.
Scholars have long recognized the need for sound objective biblical hermeneutics and the underlying issues that cause much
theological confusion. 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)
emphasizes that only a high inerrant view of Scripture maintains the force of God's word.
The Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics (1982)
confronts 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.
"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)
Who is This Virtual Conference For?
For those who have difficulty reading the Bible, this conference will introduce you to new methods and approaches.
For those who are in a Bible study funk, this conference can inspire and re-ignite your desire to know God better.
For those who are confident in their Bible study skills, this conference can serve as a tool to mentor or disciple another!
For pastors who seek to build up their church body, this conference can fill a biblical hermeneutics gap in your Christian education
program as well as free on demand videos of past conferences for your study groups.
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