The Kerygma Program of Bible study resources are used by a wide variety of denominational groups. Our educational approach is inductive: participants actively engage in the learning process, resulting in lively and interactive group sessions. In the Kerygma Program, "leader" is preferred to teacher, the leader being a learner among learners.
Kerygma's mission is to provide adult Bible studies that can increase biblical knowledge and understanding, enhance personal spiritual growth, deepen appreciation for worship and willingness to serve, inspire vitality in congregations, and expand the number of adults in Bible study and educational pursuit. The Kerygma Program Bible studies are biblical, adaptable, affordable, and effective!
Kerygma: What's in a name?
Kerygma, a Greek word, means a proclamation made by a herald. In New Testament translations this is rendered as "message" or "teaching" or "gospel." We use the word Kerygma here in that sense. But we also use the word in a larger sense. Realizing that the "message" of this "gospel" actually begins in Genesis, we use Kerygma in reference to the "message" of the whole Bible.
Kerygma studies are for all learners from beginning to advanced. With Kerygma, participants and leaders can expect to:
- Learn the basics and complexities of the Bible
- Develop skills for interpreting Scripture
- Apply learning from the Bible to today's personal and corporate life
Kerygma is flexible in scheduling, leadership, educational methods and in program design. Active group sessions reinforce learning and create community.
The success of the Kerygma approach is best explained by the enthusiastic classes which make the Bible relevant, promoting Christian growth through interaction with each other. The Leader’s Guide is designed to create opportunities that stimulate discussion and illuminate the Biblical material through small group encounters.
Participants are provided with scholarly, but approachable, material in their Resource Books and prepare individually for the group time. When the group meets, participants share their discoveries that are deepened through a variety of exercises and learning options made available in the Leader’s Guide. This approach is opposite to a lecture-style Bible study where the group passively receives information from a teacher. In a Kerygma Bible study, each participant is responsible for their own learning.