Interpreting Scripture, Part 1

Date: October 27, 2013

Study: Scripture: Unchanging Truth in a Changing World
Teacher: Kameron Slater

Interpreting Scripture

  • The Roman Catholic Church feared that private interpretation would open a “floodgate of iniquity” and fragment the Church.
  • The Reformers referred to the Spirit as Magister Veritatis, the “teacher of truth”. (See John 14-16)
  • A biblical text may have only one meaning but multiple applications.
  • In exegesis, we read the meaning out of the text (which is the correct thing to do).
  • In eisegesis, we read the meaning into the text (which is incorrect).
  • The Bible doesn’t just contain truth; it is truth.

Seven Principles for Interpreting Scripture

  1. Read the Bible reverently
  2. Read the Bible prayerfully
  3. Read the Bible collectively
  4. Read the Bible humbly— If your interpretation is shown to be incorrect by exegesis, then be humble enough to change your interpretation.
  5. Read the Bible carefully
  6. Read the Bible Christologically— Everything in the Bible points to Jesus.
  7. Read the Bible obediently

Application

  • How does the issue of private interpretation affect your reading and study of Scripture?
  • Does the Bible have the number one place on your agenda? Do you have a study agenda: A place to study? A time to study? Do you have a basic working Bible study library? If you need help with any of these things, talk to Kameron and Lawson and let’s begin a discipleship movement!

Resources

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HACM Weekly Roundup [10/18/13]

Articles

  • The Beauty of a “Boring” Testimony– “Every Christian has a redemption story. Whether you are saved from cocaine addiction or a prideful heart, from deep in a prison cell or the comfort of your suburban home, your story is filled with grace. If we can’t see the beauty of a redemption story, the problem isn’t with the story: the problem is with us. After all, every story of redemption is one so powerful that Christ died to fulfill it.”
  • The Loving Intolerance of God– “Loving people well doesn’t mean we must embrace the choices they make. It means we openly welcome and embrace all who come into our lives with a heart of understanding and the message and hope of the gospel. We love people well when we call them out of sin into relationship with King Jesus. It may not be the world’s definition of tolerance, but it’s the truest way to love.”
  • A Reason to Be Really Offended– “In communicating the gospel, one of the essential things we must at least imply, if not make explicit, is the most offensive truth possible: you are powerless precisely where it matters most. You are dead to what truly is life.”

Quotes

  • “There can be no peace between you and Christ while there is peace between you and sin.” —C.H. Spurgeon
  • “Don’t believe everything you think. You cannot be trusted to tell yourself the truth. Stay in The Word.” —Jerry Bridges
  • “Keep praying, but be thankful that God’s answers are wiser than your prayers!” —William Culbertson

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The Clarity of Scripture

Date: October 13, 2013
Study: Scripture: Unchanging Truth in a Changing World
Teacher: Lawson Hembree

Scripture is written in such a way that its teaching are able to be understood by ordinary people. Like any well-written piece of literature, anyone can read the Bible and grasp what the main point of the story is and the message it is trying to communicate. This is what we referred to a few weeks ago as “The Big Story” of Scripture. This Big Story has five acts: God, Creation, Rebellion, Rescue, and Home. All the essential truths relating to God and the gospel are clearly presented in the Bible’s pages. This idea of the clarity of Scripture is often referred to as the doctrine of perspicuity. Perspicuity is essential for authority.  Continue reading

How to Study the Bible

Date: October 6, 2013
Study: Scripture: Unchanging Truth in a Changing World
Teacher: Kameron Slater

3 Simple Steps for Studying the Bible

  1. What is the big picture? A 30,000 foot flyover of a book or passage to get the context, common themes, and tone.
  2. What is the deeper meaning? Putting boots on the ground to bring out the details of each chapter or section.
  3. What is the summary? Creating a map of a entire book. A one or two sentence description that relates to the passage as a whole.

Suggestions for Marking Your Bible

  • Orange = references to God’s glory
  • Green = references to earlier Scripture
  • Purple = references to royalty/kingship/the coming Messiah
  • Red = anything notable, particularly the actions of Jesus
  • Blue = references to faith, belief, piety, etc
  • Pink = references to knowing or fearing God
  • Yellow = anything notable, repeated words or themes

Application

  • Examine your beliefs. Are you being deluded with modern day philosophies or traditions which contradict the Word or aren’t in the Word? What are they? How will you combat this?
  • Inductive Bible Study isn’t easy. How can you make it your goal to let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly and walk according to it?

HACM Weekly Roundup [10/4/13]

Articles

  • Persevere in Prayer– “Prayer is and always will be a constant battle. Do not give up!”
  • The Blood That Satisfies– “The redeemed do not receive a blood transfusion from God. We receive a life transfusion—His death for our death, His life for our life. It all is according to His precious blood, which satisfies God’s righteous requirements for life and justice.”
  • Does God (Really) Desire All to Be Saved?

Quotes

  • “Words are cheap. It is by costly, self-denying Christian practice that we show the reality of our faith.” —Jonathan Edwards
  • “In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?” —John Stott
  • “We rob the gospel of its power if we leave out its threatenings of punishment.” —C.H. Spurgeon

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