Date: September 13-14, 2019
Friday: 6:45 - 9 pm, Saturday: 8:30 am - 5 pm
Location: Westminster Chapel
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
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."
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."
In the parlance of today, agapē is supposed to be your brand.