Questions & Answers|
What is the purpose of Exploring
by David Churchill [EGW editors note*]
covers a topic Ive addressed elsewhere in different places on this
website, but I dont mind gathering the information together here.
Some of the following information is accessible from the header menu
above by clicking the About Exploring God's Word and the What to expect when you visit the church of Christ
links. At the bottom of the Exploring God's Word
--current articles-- menu
received promotional literature from David Churchill, then that literature
provided you with a link for subscription information and instructions.
essentials: What, who, where, why, how
The on-line version of Exploring God's
Word is published by David Churchill and is made available to you
by members of churches of Christ, possibly one meeting in your area. (The
directory of subscribing congregations is at www.exploringgodsword.co/churchesofchrist.) We
hope you will join us in our goals of studying the Bible together objectively
for the facts and lessons it provides about Gods religion and then
using those facts and lessons to improve our own lives.
As a publication, Exploring God's Word
is the design and product of myself, David G. Churchill, 309 - 3rd Avenue
NE, Watertown, SD, 57201, USA. Its overall purposes are (1) to
encourage people to become Christians according the pattern revealed
in the New Testament; (2) to strengthen and edify Christians in their
knowledge and application of the Bible; (3) to provide local churches
of Christ economical opportunities to promote themselves on the internet
with both local information and a growing library of teaching materials.
There are also several other worthy hopes, privileges, and goals associated
with this effort. Some of these desires are more interesting or more
motivating than others depending upon ones role as reader, subscriber,
author, or editor. However, these desires are of second importance
and come after accomplishing the three overall purposes.
Depending upon your particular study needs
at given time, you can either chose selections from the new articles
published each month or else search our growing library by subject, title,
feature column or the sites search engine. Youll notice that
each feature column has its own presentation style, general theme, and expectation
level of your familiarity of the Bible (or at least of your willingness
to be familiar with the Bible).
Please understand that we are challenging
all our readers to grow for themselves in knowing and applying Gods
instructions from the Scriptures. We are trying to point people
to the Bible for Gods answers in all religious matters
as a result many of you will feel we are pointing you away from your religious
background, instruction, or denomination. Our audience includes both
Christians and non-Christians the same article that is acceptably
fitting to one person may seemly overly basic or overly advanced to another.
As people begin sharing our efforts to agree with what the Bible
says is right, some begin noticing whether others agree or disagree
with the Bible. Our responsibility includes making you aware
of these challenges. How you handle and respond to these challenges
is your own responsibility.
Encouraging people to become Christians
according to the pattern revealed in the New Testament:
Are you confused
or even frustrated by the storms of doctrine caused by the denominational
religions claiming the label of Christianity?|
Have you ever
pondered how, why, and which religion fits into reality?|
Are you open-minded
to seeking the religion God built around Christ, and to leaving behind the
religions people build around denominations and man-made doctrines?|
Would you like
to learn more about the God of the Bible and about the religion He instructs
in the New Testament? |
Would you accept some help and encouragement
letting the Bible interpret itself?
If you answer
yes to any of these questions, then we have something in common with each other.
Would you join us in exploring the Bible as
we seek to understand and practice Gods religion as the apostle
Paul encourages us to do in 2 Timothy 3:16-17? All Scripture is given by inspiration
of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly
equipped for every good work.
Strengthening and edifying Christians in their knowledge and application
of the Bible:
As Christians, we plead for all who
would follow Christ to obey the original pattern of Christianity as revealed
in the Bible. Since the Word of God is the seed of the Kingdom (Luke
8:11), when it is planted in the hearts of men it will produce the same
fruit today as it did in the first century.
As Christians, we earnestly plead for
the unity of all believers on the scriptural platform of no creed but the
Bible, no name but Christs, no organization but the church, and no
worship but that authorized by Gods Word. This is the only real
answer to Christian unity and fellowship in Christ (Ephesians 4:4-6;
1 Corinthians 1:10).
As Christians, we respect the Bible
as the fully inspired Word of God (2 Peter 1:21; 1 Thessalonians 2:13).
The Bible is the complete and only authority in true religion (2
Timothy 3:16-4:5; 1 Peter 4:11). Since the Word of God is the
all sufficient rule of faith and practice, expect us to reject all human
creeds and man-made bindings (Galatians 1:8-9; Revelation 22:18-19).
We believe that to follow and bind traditions of men is to worship
God in vain (Matthew 15:8-9).
Because of our respect and confidence in the
Bible as Gods Word, we study the Bible regularly as congregations
and as individuals. We encourage you to do the same. Through
Exploring God's Word we are happy to share with you the fruits
of our studying and suggest that you talk with your family and friends about
what you learn from the Scriptures. We welcome your Bible-related
questions and want to hear your comments and suggestions about EGW.
As Christians, we are common ordinary people
with an uncommon unity in Gods Word. We have varying backgrounds,
experiences, and different stages of knowledge and spiritual growth. We
need and submit to Gods will. We are not perfect and do fall
short at times. We come together understanding that as sinners we
need the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ.
local churches of Christ economical opportunities to promote themselves
on the internet with local information and a shared library of teaching
Would your congregation like to
have a highly functional and easy-to-navigate website on the internet
presenting your local information
and a growing library of reliable Bible-study articles and materials?
requiring very little extra of your
time to maintain, yet still offering new and thought-provoking articles
each month motivating visitors to return regularly?
costing far less than the
hundreds of dollars investment in setup and update fees usually required
of a professionally-maintained website?
God's Word website is designed to provide your local church of Christ
an economical means to present itself on the internet using a customized
homepage that provides both local contact information and access to a library
of articles shared by other local churches of Christ.
The navigation interface for Exploring
God's Word was developed over a three-year period and reflects over
twenty-three years ongoing experience creating professional multimedia
and print presentations. If you have ever been frustrated using slow
or confusing internet sites, youre in for a pleasant surprise.
Articles in the shared library can be easily located by feature
column, subject, title, and the site search engine. The librarys
unique design allows a user to locate and begin reading any article
in six mouse-clicks or less with the most recent articles available in just
one or two clicks. EGW is for information and not entertainment,
so files download quickly with a minimum of time-consuming graphics.
Another benefit is that users are reminded
of the local church, because they access the EGW main
library using a local churchs homepage.
A third incentive is EGWs
low cost. For less than the average phone bill, your congregation
can be promoting itself with a professional, informative, and growing website.
Another advantage is a simple easy-to-use
internet address. This address is www.exploringgodsword.co/
plus the initials of the state plus the name (or initials) of the city (and
plus the local name of the congregation, if the second or later congregation
to subscribe). For example, www.exploringgodsword.co/sd/sample
Most importantly, all articles in Exploring
God's Word, except for one feature column, are prepared and edited
by Christians with years of trained experience studying the Bible
and preparing Bible-study materials. As the exception, the column
With an Open Mind presents unusual articles selected for their
denominational authors rare and noteworthy efforts to seek
out Bible teaching even when it challenges their denominational backgrounds.
Heres how to contact EGW:
If you have suggestions for articles or
for improving readability, we want to hear them. Feel free to write
me or the congregations, especially about any biblical questions you might
have. EGW is for you, our readers, and we want to meet
your Bible study needs as best we can.
Please email your bible-related questions to me
at biblequestions##@##exploringgodsword.co. (Be sure to remove the #
symbols before emailing.)
For all other issues concerning this website, you
may email me at egweditor##@##exploringgodsword.co. (Be sure to remove the #
symbols before emailing.)
postal mail, you may contact me at:
309 - 3rd Avenue
Have we missed
If your local church of Christ is missing
from our directory of subscribing congregations,
please send me the necessary
information to contact them and I will ask them about becoming a sponsor
of Exploring God's Word in your area.
One more thing I should bring up as editor
and publisher before I close,
I do not solicit or beg our readers
to generate financial support for EGW. I do not authorize
soliciting or begging our readers to generate financial support for EGW.
I do contact congregations and interested individuals and ask them
to become subscribing sponsors. The website may occasionally offer
purchasable items, the sale of which would help support Exploring
God's Word. Concerning donations, I prefer instead that those
individuals willing to help financially support Exploring God's Word
would simply sponsor new subscriptions on behalf of congregations theyre
familiar with. I do reserve the right to refuse any subscription if
I believe doing so is in the best interests of the publication or of our
readers. This is as close as I come to soliciting our readers. All
reader correspondence, including subscription inquiries, should be sent
to the address above.
editors note: This article was prompted by reader response to
the two-part article What is Sin?. When the first half of that article
was published under this feature column, the initial reader feedback indicated
some confusion understanding the topics worded as questions and some confusion
as to the intent & reasoning of the article. After considering
this feedback, I made some clarifying changes to the article and then relocated
it to the feature column Plowing
the Fields unto Harvest where asking lots of little questions
is part of the study process. Also, I extended the readers questioning
of the articles intent to questioning the intent of the Exploring
God's Word site in general and prepared this Q&A article to
handle that as well.
Please keep sending us your questions, comments,
and other input so we can continue improving our on-line efforts to help
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