Have you ever wondered how to pick up your Bible and begin an in-depth study all on your own? Are you confused on how to read a verse in its original historical and theological context? Maybe you want to learn new strategies to diving deeper into God's Word. Maybe you're wondering how to take what you've learned and teach it to others.
Join us at the 2022 VBVMI Bible Conference where you will learn the spiritual disciplines necessary to help you study the Bible verse-by-verse and gain a toolbox of creative strategies for teaching the Bible in various settings.
"The rewards of studying the Bible for yourself are far greater than any to be found in only listening to the teaching of others." - Stephen Armstrong
VBVMI Principal Teacher
Houston Heflin, Ed.D.
Professor at Abilene Christian University
Department of Bible, Missions and Ministry
Lead Pastor, Faith Bible Fellowship
VBVMI Board Member
Biblical Curriculum & Content Writer
Offline Ministry Manager
Verse By Verse Ministry International
Director of Ministry Enablement
Bible Study Fellowship
Executive Assistant to Dr. Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum at Ariel Ministries
Former Bible Study Fellowship Teaching Leader
The 2022 VBVMI Bible Conference will feature multiple main sessions and breakout sessions with a dynamic group of speakers. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose between classes. Some of the topics include:
Creative Teaching Strategies of Jesus and Creative Strategies for Today
We often think of Jesus as a preacher who told parables, and he was. In addition, he taught his disciples and the crowds with many more teaching methods to help them learn. Focusing on the book of Matthew, this session highlights the creative ways Jesus taught and the creative strategies we can use today.
Asking Better Questions
Asking questions was one of the most common strategies Jesus used to help his listeners learn. And the difficulty of the question matched the readiness of the listener to handle the question. This session will consider Jesus’ use of questions and how we can ask better questions today.
Spiritual Disciplines to Help Us Learn the Bible
There are many spiritual disciplines that help us know God’s Word. These can be used by individuals or classes and small groups. This session will focus on strategies that include: memorization, journaling, lectio divina, blessing others, praying for others, and praying for our own learning.
Transformational Gospel Teaching: “Live What You Preach"
Within many churches today, the claim is that bible teaching is happening across the pulpit, however there is not much translation to Gospel living. Could it be that today’s teaching within the average evangelical church is more self-centered than Christ-centered within a growing secular society? We will see through the example of a scribe named Ezra, how God through Ezra, restored His people following a period of judgement by way of example through the study of the law, diligently practicing it, and properly teaching it to Israel.
Preaching Lab: How to prepare to teach the text
It is one thing to study the bible for your personal growth in the grace of God, but it is another thing to publicly proclaim the excellency of the truth of the Gospel. So how do you do it? Within this Preaching Lab, we will discover what Paul meant in Romans 10:14 regarding how people come to hear the truth of the Gospel. We will review a typical sermonic outline that contains key elements in the art of teaching and preaching Biblical truth to both believers and unbelievers. This will be a session to equip you with the tools for your homiletical tool belt as you prepare to teach and preach the honorable year of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
A Lost Generation: How to Effectively Teach Children the Bible
It’s often thought that the mind of a child can’t understand Biblical doctrines within the scriptures or the character of God. However, God’s Word tells us something contrary to this world view (Prov. 22:6). In this session, we will show you how to teach systematic theology to the spiritually young, while also tackling common mistakes we fall prey to as we are called to disciple the next generation (Ps. 78:4).
Teach the Text
Nothing more, nothing less. Context is key. Discover the importance of taking a 360° view of the Scriptures from the perspective of the author and to the original audience. Letting Scripture interpret Scripture will ensure you rightly divide the word of truth. Whether you are giving a devotion, leading a small group, or just diving deep during your quiet time, this breakout session will help you focus on understanding the importance of "not going beyond what is written" to stay within the boundaries of the Scriptures.
Study the Scriptures
Taking time to ask questions like “What does the text say?”, “What does this mean?”, "What am I going to do about it?”, and “Where else in the Bible does it say this?” enables the sincere Bible student an opportunity to get to the heart of the Scriptures, thus allowing the Holy Spirit time and space to transform lives by the very word of God. In this breakout session, we introduce and explain the concepts of methodical Bible study for beginners and Bible veterans alike.
Tickets and Pricing
Ticket prices are $25/person with a max of $50/immediate family. If you have more than two people in your family registering for the conference, please choose the Family Pass and include a list of the people attending with you so we can ensure they receive their packet of materials at registration.
The ticket price will help cover the cost of conference expenses.
Food and Refreshments
Coffee and refreshments will be provided throughout the conference.
Light breakfast foods will be served Saturday morning.
Lunch on Saturday will be on your own from 12pm-2pm. We will have several meeting rooms reserved at various restaurants nearby. Seating is limited for these reserved rooms and will be based on a first come, first served basis at the conference registration table when you arrive. There are also plenty of quick eat restaurants and sit down restaurants nearby to accommodate our conference attendees.
VBVMI Bible Conference location:
Selma, TX 78154
Airports nearby San Antonio International Airport (SAT). - 13 miles
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) - 71 miles
Nearby Hotel Options:
Holiday Inn Express (IHG)
2.2 miles from Conference Venue
15408 I-35 N #2 Selma, TX 78154
Jennifer Pierce 210.651.3885
$135 for Double Queens only
Booking Link: Call hotel directly
Staybridge Suites (IHG)
0.2 miles from Conference Venue
5601 Schertz Pkwy Schertz, TX 78154
Ashley Thurman 210.365.0607
$149 for 1 Queen
$164 for 1 King
$179 for 2 Queens
Townplace Suites (Marriott)
1.8 miles from Conference Venue
15510 N I-35 Selma, TX 78154
Michaeleen Chapell 210.455.6388
$155 for 1 Queen or 2 Kings
Fairfield Inn (Marriott)
1.5 miles from Conference Venue
5008 Corridor Loop Rd. Schertz, TX 78154
Courtney Nichols 210.658.1466
$159 for 1 King or 2 Queens