Date: October 27, 2013
Study: Scripture: Unchanging Truth in a Changing World
Teacher: Kameron Slater
- 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
- Read the Bible reverently
- Read the Bible prayerfully
- Read the Bible collectively
- Read the Bible humbly— If your interpretation is shown to be incorrect by exegesis, then be humble enough to change your interpretation.
- Read the Bible carefully
- Read the Bible Christologically— Everything in the Bible points to Jesus.
- Read the Bible obediently
- 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!
- Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul
- Why We Trust the Bible by Stephen J. Nichols