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