Initiated in 2019, Study God's Word! was originally an annual conference in the Pacific Northwest featuring speakers teaching
biblical hermeneutics and various study techniques. In response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic of 2020 and uncertainty with subsequent variants,
the venue was changed to a virtual conference with video lessons scaled down to ten minutes or less for group study.
To complement the video approach and continue our efforts of serving the greater church with teaching materials, we are developing a
Sunday School curriculum so that teaching materials will be available for groups of all ages.
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, Study God's Word! 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 Sunday School Curriculum for?
For those who desire a comprehensive Sunday School curriculum with a wide breadth.
For those who desire a short term lesson(s) for a group of kids or family devotions.
For anyone who don't know much about the Bible or theology for personal or group study.
Who is this Virtual Conference for?
For those who desire a video lecture to introduce you to new methods and approaches.
For those who desire a video for adult group study and discussion.
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