The 77th annual Bible Lectureship at Freed-Hardeman University, set for Feb. 3-7, will have as its theme “We Will Serve the Lord: Conquest and Deliverance in Joshua to Ruth.”
The Old Testament books of Joshua, Judges and Ruth “tell the story of Israel’s entrance into the land of promise and their victories and defeats in the long struggle to become a nation as God intended,” Lectureship Director David Lipe said. The Lectureship will look at the great characters of faith and other figures from these books and the lessons contemporary Christians can draw for their own lives. More than 120 men and women will speak during the week.
In addition to the many Bible classes and lectures throughout the week, special attention will be given to youth ministers and Bible class teachers. Monday and Tuesday will feature sessions especially designed for anyone who ministers to young people in the church. Wednesday will feature classes to promote and strengthen the Bible school program.
This 2013 lectureship and the lectureship book are dedicated to the life and work of Jay Lockhart. Currently an elder and the minister for the Whitehouse congregation in Whitehouse, Texas, he has served churches in Kentucky, Oklahoma and Texas. He has decades of radio and television preaching and is the author of the commentary on Ephesians in the Truth for Today series. Lockhart is a graduate of Freed-Hardeman and a member of the university’s board of trustees. The dinner honoring him is scheduled for Tuesday evening. Tickets are $12 each and may be ordered in advance by calling 731-989-6769.
Many of the lessons throughout the week are organized in tracks, including leadership sessions for elders and classes especially for women. Sessions are also devoted to family ministry/counseling, exegesis/interpretation, lesson preparation, missions and local ministry.
Keynote sessions each evening at 7:30 will address “The Challenges to God’s People.” Chapel sessions Monday-Friday at 10:30 a.m. will focus on “The Heart of Ruth.”
A complete listing of topics and speakers may be found at fhu.edu/lectureship
. Visitors to the site may also register and submit questions for Open Forum.