What does the Bible have to say about inerrancy? (Proverbs 30:5; 2 Samuel 7:28; Psalm12:6; Matthew 24:35; John 17:17)
Definition of Inerrancy: “Scripture, in the original manuscripts, doesn’t affirm anything contrary to facy. It contains absolute truthfulness.” (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology) God’s Word doesn’t just contain truth; it is truth. Continue reading →
Jesus Is Not Your Sin-Manager– “Grace never softens our thirst for obedience. It actually inspires us to go on the warpath against our unholiness. We look to the cross as believers, and we see there lavish forgiveness, but also our fundamental approach to sin. In the power of the cross, we are to kill sin. We are to realize that it is a deadly serious matter. Jesus did not die to manage our sin. He died to kill it.”
Movement Requires Action– “The Great Commission Movement requires us to be disciplined disciples. Notice that Jesus removes the heavy burden of self-righteousness and replaces it with his own light burden. He replaces our burden of sin with a burden for sinners. When Jesus gives us his yoke, he comes alongside us to war against our sin and accomplish the disciple-making mission. He wants us to be a part of redeeming the fallen world. He wants us to be a part of His movement!”
Six Benefits of Ordinary Devotions– “Brick upon brick a building is built. Lesson upon lesson a degree is earned. Stroke upon stroke a painting is created. Your devotions may have seemed ordinary today, but God is making something extraordinary through it. Press on. Don’t short-change the process.”
“Before we can begin to see the cross as something done for us, we have to see it as something done by us.” —John Stott
“Upon the two hinges of faith and repentance do all the promises of the Bible stand.” —George Swinnock
“The Son of God came to seek us where we are in order that he might bring us to be with him where he is.” —J.I. Packer
The Bible came from God, by the Holy Spirit, through men, to humankind.
As Christians, we believe the Bible is God’s letter to humanity collected into 66 books written by 40 divinely inspired writers over the spans of 1,500 years or more. These writers come from all walks of life. We believe the Bible is divinely inspired by God, authoritative for all of life, without error or omission, and infallible in its composition.
Infallibility means that the Bible is in its entirety “inspired” by God. So why do Christians believe the Bible is reliable and true, that it is authoritative as God’s Word? It hinges on three characteristics:
The New Testament Documents are Historically Reliable and Credible
The Dangerous Pit of Uniqueness: “It’s good for a person to know that God has knitted them together in their mother’s womb and that He has done so with precision and intention. That’s a good thing. But when this good thing is hi-jacked by our self-worshiping hearts our uniqueness becomes a great tool for our destruction.”
4 Ways to Tell if You’re Asking “Good” Spiritual Questions: “Questioning well is an art that takes practice. And as my friend Alan underscored for me, there is no end to the need for improvement. But so we should expect. For the glorious message of the Gospel is that we are freed to question badly, but are sanctified to question well.”
Every Christmas and Easter, there is a recurring theme on TV. If you ever watch the History Channel or a broadcast news station during one of these major Christian holidays, you will probably see a new documentary or hear about someone trying to criticize the authority of Scripture. The criticism isn’t limited to TV of course; many books and speeches have the same aim. Why do you think these critics go after the Word of God in an effort to undermine Christianity? Continue reading →
It’s Not You, It’s God: Nine Lessons for Breakups: “It might be one of the most popular Christian break-up lines, ‘Look, it’s not you, It’s God.’ God very well may lead you to a breakup, but don’t use him as a scapegoat. Own your own sin and ask for forgiveness where it is needed. Then be honest about how you came to this decision, how he made this direction clear to you.”
Four Principles for the Exercise of Christian Liberty: “True Christian liberty, unlike the various ‘freedom’ or ‘liberation’ movements of the secular world, is not a matter of demanding the ‘rights’ we have….Only when we recognize that we do not deserve our “rights” can we properly exercise them as privileges.”
Five Fundamental Questions Conservative Evangelicals Must Address: “The challenge before us is not that people will disagree with Christianity; it’s that they won’t understand it at all. Which is why conservative Christian concerns right now about being marginalized on account of our moral teachings are totally misplaced. As long as we are being actively marginalized, we are still being taken seriously. It’s indifference from a surrounding culture that ought to concern Christians.”
“God’s purpose in redeeming men from sin is not to give them freedom to do as they please but freedom to do as He pleases.” —John MacArthur
“It was God’s word that made us; is it any wonder that his word should sustain us?” —C.H. Spurgeon
“We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the First.” —Oswald Smith
The grand story of Scripture revolves around Jesus!
The Acts of the Big Story of Scripture:
Act 1: God
Act 2: Creation
Act 3: Rebellion
Act 4: Rescue
Act 5: Home
[adapted from The Big Story by Justin Buzzard]
Connecting Your Story with Scripture’s Story:
Does God exist? If so, what is he like? Why?
Where do you get your identity?
How do you explain a broken world?
How does the Big Story make better sense out of fixing deep brokenness?
What is your response to this good news?
What do you believe is the main point or theme of the Bible? (The Big Story)
Write some of the major events in your story so far on the timeline below. Where do your story and God’s story intersect?
Fusing Together Love and Sound Doctrine: The Second Letter of John
Who is the noble lady?
Who according to John loves the lady?
Who does John warn the church against in vs. 7‐11?
How could false teaching undermine Christian’s love for each other? Consider vs. 1 and 2
Based on John’s teaching in this passage, how would you respond to someone who said, “What God cares about is not that we have right doctrine, but that we love others?”
What story is big enough to interpret life (this life in an imperfect world, your life)?
What would it look like to love someone who does not believe that Jesus is the only way to be saved?
What would it look like to love one who is struggling to trust in God’s sovereignty and goodness during trials?