GRETNA, La.--The Church of God Ministries International, based here, has launched a new program for preaching the gospel: a series of videos on DVDs featuring Bible studies and sermons on a variety of topics.
In the ministry's promotional materials, Mr. Kerry compares the series with the old Ambassador College Bible Correspondence Course of many years ago produced by the Worldwide Church of God.
"That tool was the single most effective instrument the church ever had to convey biblical truths," he said.
The package the ministry sends to subscribers, at no charge, includes DVDs with full audio and video as well as four pages of printed lessons and a "work sheet."
"The studies are brief but concise," Mr. Kerry said. "They explain the significant points of the sermon, yet are small enough not to overwhelm the potential convert."
Speaking of converts, Mr. Kerry mentioned that he reads in the Bible the necessity not only of preaching but of "making converts."
"That is what this new Bible-study-sermon program is designed to do."
Mr. Kerry thinks the new materials might be attractive to families and individual church members who do not regularly meet with groups on the Sabbath.
Even if they do regularly meet with other people, "most members are only together for a few hours at a time on the Sabbath. By being able to stop and pick up again at a later time, groups won't feel compelled to try to complete the study in one sitting."
In a statement to The Journal, Mr. Kerry said he believes Church of God members will appreciate the studies.