The Inerrancy of Scripture

Date: September 29, 2013
Study: Scripture: Unchanging Truth in a Changing World
Teacher: Kameron Slater

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. 

Absolute Truthfulness is consistent with other types of statements,such as the following:

  1. The Bible can be inerrant and still speak in the ordinary language of everyday speech.
  2. The Bible can be inerrant and still include loose or free quotations.
  3. It is consistent with inerrancy to have unusual or uncommon grammatical constructions in the Bible.

Bible Study

  • Read Numbers 23:19 and explain: Why does Scripture reflect the character of God? How does Scripture reflect the character of God?
  • Doesthe Bible contain errors? If so, what kind of errors? If not, what statements support your defense? Read John 10:35 and the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy

Application

  • Do you know of any Scripture texts that seem to contain errors? What are they? Have you tried to resolve the difficulties in those texts? If you have not found a solution to some text, what further steps might you try?
  • If you agree with inerrancy, do you think belief in inerrancy should be a requirement for church membership? For teaching a Sunday school class? For holding a church office? For teaching at a theological seminary? Why or why not?
  • Do you think inerrancy is an important issue for the church? Why or why not?
  • In doctrinal controversies, what are the dangers for those whose position is more consistent with Scripture?

Resources: Why We Trust the Bible by Stephen J. Nichols, The Christian’s View of Scripture by Kevin DeYoung, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine by Wayne Grudem

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