30 years ago, three Lutheran women had a vision of an in-depth Bible
study - a study that would call for commitment of time and would enrich
this type of study as they attended different nondenominational Bible
study classes. The question in their mind was: "Why can't Lutherans
do this? Why can't members of the LCMS have the same opportunity to
dig into God's Living Word?" With much prayer and determination
a decision was made to start such a study and name it, Living
Way Bible Study. The courses were to be written by pastors
who had served LCMS congregations. The method of study would be a
In 1982, the
first two courses were introduced: The Gospel according to St. Matthew
and the Acts of the Apostles, written by Bible scholar and pastor,
Dr. Erwin Kurth. Since then, the number of courses
has grown to 41 (22 New Testament and 19 Old Testament). The goal
is that, in time, courses on the entire Bible will be available.
class was held in 1982 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Long Beach, CA.
Now classes are held in 42 states and in Canada. Requests for information have come from Hong Kong/China, Panama, and the Philippines. New classes are added
Way Bible Study is an auxiliary of the Pacific Southwest
District of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod with a 15-member Board
of Directors. It is a California nonprofit corporation and is supported
entirely by freewill donations.