The Personal Ministries, Information Technology, and Communication departments at the Georgia- Cumberland Conference recently rebranded an online witnessing tool called Bible Research, www.bibleresearch.info. Equipped with a new website and updated outreach materials, the program offers online video Bible lessons with teacher E. W. Dempsey, a written correspondence Bible program with retired teacher Beth Ray Dempsey, as well as DVDs and CDs of the video Bible lessons.
These written lessons have the highest percentage of completion, and about 45 percent of the requests come from the Bible Research website. Since January 2020, 696 students have taken these Bible lessons, with 225 finishing, for a completion rate of 32 percent. For individuals who do not wish to study online, a total of 2,899 DVDs and CDs have been mailed since January 1.
As the director for Bible Research, Dempsey often receives questions concerning his Bible lessons. In one phone call, a man from Virginia who had found Bible Research online said, “I have a company that advertises free religious material on the internet. Can I include a link to your website?” As a result of those free video studies, the man requested free written Bible study lessons, and was tremendously impressed by the book Passion of Love by Ellen G. White.
Michael, a Methodist Episcopal pastor, recently called to say that he, too, was inspired by Passion of Love. He even took time to study the materials in preparation for sharing this book with his church study group.
A Bible student named Betty called to ask if we could help her understand the following questions:
- What day is truly God’s Sabbath?
- What is the truth about the rapture and Christ’s return?
- What really happens when you die?
In prison ministries, seven inmates in a federal prison started a Sabbath service and needed resources. Bible Research gave them books for their library. They also received Bibles and support for the church members who lead prison ministries programs.
Bible Research impacts people all over the globe. Reaching out with Bible Research is as simple as handing someone a business card. Anyone can witness. If you would like to receive a box of Bible Research business cards, call E. W. Dempsey at 423-667-5420 or Becky Campbell at 800-567-1844, ext. 348.
Georgia-Cumberland | September 2020