Winter Bible Study Clinic to Focus on Galatians

The 2010 Winter Bible Study Clinic, focusing on the study titled "The Truth about Grace: Studies in Galatians," will be taught by Dr. Bobby Kelly at OBU on Oct. 29. The study will be in OBU's Geiger Center, rooms 218-219, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Each year, pastors and lay leaders from across the state attend the free clinic to receive training from qualified Bible teachers to prepare for the upcoming Winter Bible Study. Although most attend in preparation for teaching a book of the Bible in their own church, some attend for personal study.

The study will discuss how Christians tend to view Jesus Christ and the cross as necessary for salvation, but sufficient only when combined with human effort. In addition, some Christians tend to think and live as if all things are acceptable through freedom in Christ. Kelly will examine the book of Galatians, the Apostle Paul's letter to the churches of Galatia, which told of how additions to the cross of Jesus would only nullify its power and, following this path, would lead to separation from the true Gospel. Paul's letter provides the correction for bringing Christianity back to God's grace.

Kelly serves as OBU's Ruth Dickinson professor of religion, specializing in New Testament and Greek. In 1988, he received his bachelor's degree from Clear Creek Baptist Bible College in his native state of Kentucky. He later attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned his master's degree in 1992 and his Ph. D. in 1998. Kelly has written for Biblical Illustrator and The Baker Handbook to the Bible, as well as several other publications. He is a frequent speaker at many conferences and Bible studies.

There is no charge for the Winter Study Bible Clinic except $7 for those who will have on-campus lunch, which may be paid at the door. No advanced registration is needed. For more information, contact Tanya Ritchie at (405) 878-2377 or