Lecture 8: Theological Interpretation; BI 5301 Biblical Interpretation; Dr. Randall C. Bailey, Ph.D.; Faulkner University; Spring 2010

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "Lecture 8: Theological Interpretation; BI 5301 Biblical Interpretation; Dr. Randall C. Bailey, Ph.D.; Faulkner University; Spring 2010"

Transcription

1 I. THE NATURE OF THEOLOGICAL INTERPRETATION A. The idea of theological interpretation 1. Theological interpretation is at the other end of the spectrum from the reductionist HCM in which God and theology are perceived as being outside the purview of the method 2. Similar to canon criticism, but different. a. Canon criticism is concerned with the text as preserved and understood by a particular believing community. b. Theological interpretation is concerned with the text as preserved, rather created by God. 3. Kinds of questions raised: a. Why was the text preserved? b. What does the text reveal about God and his will? c. What does it mean in the context of the whole Bible? 4. The term and concept: Theological interpretation seeks to hear God's voice in the scriptures; it seeks to probe beyond mere historical reconstruction and verbal meanings to a discernment of the message of God in the Scriptures; it concentrates on the prophetic, kerygmatic dimension and the theocentric focus (p. 103) 5. To ignore the theological dimension in favor of the scientific method is actually to be unscientific 6. Theological interpretation is a necessary dimension a. Without theological interpretation, Bible study becomes a shallow, hollow, dead end discipline it doesn t preach very well 1

2 b. literary and historical interpretation are incomplete as long as they have missed the text's theocentric focus" (p. 104). 7. Theological interpretation is an integral dimension a. This is not another layer of the interpretative methods b. It is part and parcel of the assumptions with which one approaches the text B. Reasons for theological interpretation 1. The First Reason: The Bible Claims inspiration, 2 Tim 3:16-- "Inspiration" a. God, the divine author, works through the human authors b. Like Jesus, the word of God is 100% divine and 100% human c. inspiration calls for a holistic interpretation which probes beyond historical reconstruction and verbal meanings to the message of God (pp., 104-5) 2. The Second Reason: The church accepted the Bible as its standard of faith and practice--the canon a. The assumption that "the Bible is the church's standard of faith and practice... requires a theocentric focus which is able to discern the revelation of God and his will" (p. 105). b. That is, the Bible requires theological interpretation not only because it is the word of God but also because it is the authoritative word about God--his acts, his will, his relation to his creation and to his people (p. 105). 3. The Third Reason: a believing interpreter cannot approach the Bible in a neutral, supposedly objective, fashion but will naturally use a method of interpretation that is informed by that faith commitment (105) 2

3 a. At the outset every interpreter must approach the Bible with one of two presuppositions: either it is the word of God, or it is not, e.g., Herb and Deutro-Isaiah b. To acknowledge the Bible as God's word is to be in tune with its message c. To disallow it as God's word and force an objective approach means the exegete must still explain the theological intentionality (1) Continued in the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat who caused Israel to sin (2) Theological God's divine judgment behind the text (3) Objective the judgment of the author/redactor II. THE PURPOSE OF THE AUTHOR. A. To repeat: The fact that the text is written proves that it is significant. B. The purpose of the human author Greidanus makes and excellent point: In order to get a sense of the purpose of the author, one asks the basic question, Why did the author write (or send) this message? This is one of the more important questions in biblical hermeneutics. Jay Adams asserts: There are few deficiencies in preaching quite so disastrous in their effect as the all-toofrequently occurring failure to determine the telos (or purpose) of a preaching portion. The passage, and therefore the Word of God itself, is misrepresented, misused, and mishandled when its purpose has not been determined, with the direct result that its power and authority are lost A shift from subjectivism a. Knowing the author's purpose--guards against subjectivism b. Should allow the authors to present their message and meaning 1 Greidanus,

4 c. Greidanus s point relative to preachers cannot be overemphasized (p. 107): (1) Preachers are especially prone to impose their own subjective purposes on a text. Because of their training and experience, they have a good idea of what the text will say before they exegete it. Moreover, they have selected the text the text to fulfill a particular purpose in next Sunday s service. Hence the danger is very real that the purpose of preachers will overrule the purpose of the text and in effect silence the text. But James Daane contends rightly that as long as the preacher preaches, listening to Scripture is obligatory. In approaching a text preachers must allow the Scriptures to challenge and question their understanding of it. Daane points to another subtle temptation to be avoided, and that is the concern for application: Eager to discover relevance, the minister never takes time to hear what the text really says.... Application dominates interpretation. Students are particularly prone to this folly and folly it is, for how can one apply what one has not yet heard or understood. (2) Should not be so ready to apply the passage that we do not listen to what it says (3) We do this under the stress each week "to have something to say" (4) Related to this is the problem each of you has, and especially me: that is, studying the scripture in preparation for sermons, classes, and courses, without enough study for ourselves d. Attention should be shifted away from ourselves and our smart application of it, to the scriptures and the purpose(s) of the author(s) e. Author/redactor's purposes ought to be determined from the text itself 2. There is no fallacy in determining the intention of the author from the text 4

5 a. That is the only place one can logically find it. b. This method is less subjective than searching for it outside the text! c. Though at times complex, attention should be given to the intention of the text, because that is the foundation of interpretation--where it begins 3. Determining the purpose authors used particular motifs which identified their purpose a. Often stated it directly, Jn 20:31 b. Redaction criticism often helps by noting the composition as a whole, the vocabulary and comments of the author especially in introduction and conclusion, and the author s changes in sources and interpretative comments in the `seams' between sources (p. 110) NOTE: In Amos 7:10-17 this is revealed in the attitudes exhibited by Amaziah and Amos as well as their conversation. c. Rhetorical criticism helps: exposing climatic lines, repetition..., chiasm, and inclusio... can disclose literary motifs which provide clues for discovering the overall purpose of the author NOTE: In Amos 7:10-17 this is revealed in the shift from the first to third person, the shift from visions report to narrative and back again, the increasing in intensity of the each successive vision, and Amos' inability after the first two visions to intercede. d. Kaiser's advice relative to four ways to observe the intention: (1) Preface, conclusion or body of text (2) Parenthetical sections 5

6 (3) Historical section and how the facts are chosen and arranged (4) What thematic ideas are exhibited by the topical sentences. e. All or combinations of these may illuminate the intention C. God's ultimate purpose 1. The immediate purpose may point to a broader purpose, which is usually exhibited in light of the whole canon 2. This fuller sense, senus plenior, goes beyond the intention of the original author, e.g., 1 Pet 1:18's explanation of the prophets a. Must be used with great caution, however b. Real danger is reading subjective opinions into the text eisegesis c. Only safeguard is that the fuller sense should be established only on the basis of biblical evidence 3. Comparing scripture with scripture scripture interprets scripture nudges interpreters beyond the immediate purpose of human authors to the overall purpose of the primary Author (p. 112) 4. Progressive revelation as revelation was continually revealed, successive revelation built upon and expanded upon its predecessor 5. Determining God's ultimate purpose is revealed in the canon D. Keep in mind: all of this involves "theological interpretation," NOT "application." III. THE BIBLE'S THEOCENTRIC PURPOSE: reveal God to man. A. Theocentric interpretation 1. Religious literature: relates to and describes God 2. God-centered focus: Von Rad observed 3 genres: 6

7 a. Record of God's miracles--god in the open--crossing the Red Sea b. Record of people's actions--god behind the scenes--joseph's statement in Gen 50:20 c. Record of God's "providence"--his word works out what is happening--book of Kings, "it came to pass according to the word of" 3. Contrast to anthropocentric interpretation a. The 2930 biblical characters allow great opportunity for preaching and learning b. The real danger, though, is the often subtle shift from the centrality of God to the centrality of humans c. We have focused on these characters as moral examples, rather than ordinary, imperfect human beings d. This usually undercuts the purpose of the Bible and replaces it with the exegete's agenda e. These characters should not be discussed in isolation, but as they relate to the larger story and to other characters f. Exegetes "ought to employ biblical characters the way the Bible employs them, not as ethical models, not as heroes for emulation or examples for warning, but as people whose story has been taken up into the Bible in order to reveal what God is doing for and through them..." 2 B. Christocentric preaching demands that neither the Bible characters nor 20th c. man be the focus, but Christ; but texts are often forced to speak of Christ in ways inappropriate for them 2 Greidanus,

8 1. Christocentric and theocentric allows the text to speak of Christ in legitimate ways, without forcing the text 2. According to Greidanus, Christocentric interpretation Moves from the fullness of revelation in the New Testament to a new understanding of God's revelation in the Old Testament. In preaching an Old Testament passage, one may indeed be able to move from the Old Testament to the New Testament by way of promise-fulfillment, topology, development, or parallels, but the essence of Christocentric preaching lies not in the lines drawn from the Old Testament to the New Testament but in the prior move in the opposite direction--the move from the fullness of the New Testament revelation to a new understanding of the Old Testament passage. 3 IV. THE PURPOSE OF PREACHERS TODAY. A. The purpose of the sermon can be determined (when the right passage is picked) when the purpose of the passage has been determined--the exegete tries to do what the text is trying to do B. Application for today is demanded by the concept of theological interpretation 1. Its foundational assumption is that God is behind the writing of the text 2. If, therefore, it was needed and useful way back then it must be just as needed and useful now 3. But this must be done only in legitimate ways 3 Greidanus,

Post Graduate Diploma in Theology

Post Graduate Diploma in Theology Post Graduate Diploma in Theology This program is designed for those church leaders who have Bachelor degree or above in other disciplines other than theology but want to pursue Masters of Theology. The

More information

ZIMBABWE SCHOOL EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL (ZIMSEC)

ZIMBABWE SCHOOL EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL (ZIMSEC) ZIMBABWE SCHOOL EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL (ZIMSEC) DIVINITY 9154 ADVANCED LEVEL SYLLABUS EXAMINATIONS SYLLABUS FOR 2013-2018 DIVINITY GCE Advanced Level SUBJECT 9154 (Available in the November examination only)

More information

EXTENSION Extend Your Knowledge Extend Your Service Extend Your Reach

EXTENSION Extend Your Knowledge Extend Your Service Extend Your Reach EXTENSION Extend Your Knowledge Extend Your Service Extend Your Reach WHAT IS EXTENSION? Extension is a ministry of Community Bible Church designed to make college level training in Bible, Theology, and

More information

Revelation. an introduction

Revelation. an introduction Revelation an introduction Preaching the Book of Revelation We live in a day when society is mounting increasing pressures against the Christian faith. Each year brings more demands upon our time and our

More information

The following is a list of competencies to be demonstrated in order to earn the degree:

The following is a list of competencies to be demonstrated in order to earn the degree: The Master of Ministry degree (M.Min.) is granted for demonstration of competencies associated with being a minister of the gospel (pastor, church planter, missionary) and other ministry leaders who are

More information

CHRISTIAN STUDIES (CST)

CHRISTIAN STUDIES (CST) CHRISTIAN STUDIES (CST) CST 1011: Survey of the Old Testament (3) A survey of the content of the Old Testament in its historical and cultural setting, with a particular emphasis upon its relevance for

More information

INSPIRATION God breathed. II Timothy 3:13-17. Inspiration. The Inspiration of the Bible

INSPIRATION God breathed. II Timothy 3:13-17. Inspiration. The Inspiration of the Bible Inspiration 1 INSPIRATION God breathed Key question In what sense is the Bible inspired by God? Key text II Timothy 3:13-17 13 But evil men and impostors will proceed {from bad} to worse, deceiving and

More information

TREK 201. Core Christian Beliefs

TREK 201. Core Christian Beliefs TREK 201 Core Christian Beliefs Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. Philippians 2:12b (NLT) TREK is a Discipleship Ministry of Rockpointe Church 1

More information

Biblical and Systematic Theology

Biblical and Systematic Theology Biblical and Systematic Theology I. INTRODUCTION Welcome to week 3 How to Study and Teach the Bible. This week we re going to be talking about biblical and systematic theology. If you re not used to that

More information

Worldview, Theology, & Culture

Worldview, Theology, & Culture Worldview, Theology, & Culture First Baptist Church, McLoud Recap: 1. Every worldview answers the questions of Creation, Fall, and Redemption. In other words, every worldview asks the questions: Where

More information

Doctoral Course Descriptions

Doctoral Course Descriptions Dissertation Research (DR) DR 9108 - Dissertation Research This course will enable the student to conduct preliminary research for a dissertation proposal, to draw from bibliographical resources relevant

More information

MASTER OF DIVINITY PURPOSES OBJECTIVES. Program Information Sheet wscal.edu/admissions admissions@wscal.edu 888.480.8474

MASTER OF DIVINITY PURPOSES OBJECTIVES. Program Information Sheet wscal.edu/admissions admissions@wscal.edu 888.480.8474 888.80.87 MASTER OF DIVINITY PURPOSES Educate and form candidates for official, ordained ministries of instruction and leadership in the church as pastors, evangelists, and teachers Prepare graduates to

More information

The Techniques of Study 3 Simple Steps for Studying the Bible

The Techniques of Study 3 Simple Steps for Studying the Bible The Techniques of Study 3 Simple Steps for Studying the Bible Course Overview On this course you will learn: The first roadblock to overcome so you can successfully learn anything. The three barriers to

More information

But both are thieves. Both lead us away from God s grace and rob us of our joy.

But both are thieves. Both lead us away from God s grace and rob us of our joy. Graceful Christianity: The Law, Legalism, and Love Matthew 22:34-40 A Sermon Preached by Ernest Thompson June 1, 2014 First Presbyterian Church Wilmington, NC Last Sunday we started a new sermon series

More information

THEME: God has a calling on the lives of every one of His children!

THEME: God has a calling on the lives of every one of His children! Devotion NT298 CHILDREN S DEVOTIONS FOR THE WEEK OF: LESSON TITLE: Paul s First Missionary Journey THEME: God has a calling on the lives of every one of His children! SCRIPTURE: Acts 12:25 13:52 Dear Parents

More information

I. Purpose of the Course

I. Purpose of the Course NT 553: Faith, Hope, Love: A Biblical Theology Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Summer Semester Scott J. Hafemann Office Hours: After class each day and later by appointment Library 112; extension

More information

BASIC BIBLE DOCTRINE Lesson 1 THE DOCTRINE OF THE BIBLE (BIBLIOLOGY)

BASIC BIBLE DOCTRINE Lesson 1 THE DOCTRINE OF THE BIBLE (BIBLIOLOGY) BASIC BIBLE DOCTRINE Lesson 1 THE DOCTRINE OF THE BIBLE (BIBLIOLOGY) The doctrine of the Bible is the foundation for all other doctrines. Without the Bible we wouldn t have an authoritative and objective

More information

I. Introduction to Theology

I. Introduction to Theology I. Introduction to Theology A. What is Theology? Opening Question * When you hear the word theology or doctrine, what s the 1st thing to come to mind? * Theology means a lot of things to a lot of people.

More information

Feburary 1996. Frank W. Nelte ISAIAH 28:10 EXPLAINED

Feburary 1996. Frank W. Nelte ISAIAH 28:10 EXPLAINED Feburary 1996 Frank W. Nelte ISAIAH 28:10 EXPLAINED God's Church has reached much of its doctrinal understanding by putting all the Scriptures from various parts of the Bible, that pertain to a given subject,

More information

HMS Richards Divinity School Assessment Report Summary 2014-2015

HMS Richards Divinity School Assessment Report Summary 2014-2015 !1 HMS Richards Divinity School ls s and matrix) nd matrix) s) rses (we need to generate these) onsecration Service Events dar eetings lty Annual Reports DUE t Weekend uate Consecration HMS Richards Divinity

More information

II. HOW WERE PEOPLE SAVED BEFORE JESUS CAME?

II. HOW WERE PEOPLE SAVED BEFORE JESUS CAME? HOW WERE PEOPLE SAVED BEFORE JESUS CAME? BOB BRYANT Cypress Valley Bible Church Marshall, Texas I. INTRODUCTION How were people saved before Jesus came? Some suggest that people were saved by sincerely

More information

OLD TESTAMENT NEW TESTAMENT THEOLOGY CHURCH HISTORY PASTORAL THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY

OLD TESTAMENT NEW TESTAMENT THEOLOGY CHURCH HISTORY PASTORAL THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY COURSE DESCRIPTIONS OLD TESTAMENT NEW TESTAMENT THEOLOGY CHURCH HISTORY PASTORAL THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY OLD TESTAMENT O-101 Old Testament Introduction A systematic study of the background against which

More information

B. H. Carroll Theological Institute 301 S. Center St., Ste 100, Arlington, TX 76010 (817) 274-4284 www.bhcti.org admin@bhcti.org

B. H. Carroll Theological Institute 301 S. Center St., Ste 100, Arlington, TX 76010 (817) 274-4284 www.bhcti.org admin@bhcti.org B. H. Carroll Theological Institute 301 S. Center St., Ste 100, Arlington, TX 76010 (817) 274-4284 www.bhcti.org admin@bhcti.org Master of Divinity in Chaplain Ministry CORE Gateway 2 Old Testament* 4

More information

BROOKES BIBLE COLLEGE TITLE OF PAPER A PAPER SUBMITTED TO PROFESSOR'S NAME IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COURSE

BROOKES BIBLE COLLEGE TITLE OF PAPER A PAPER SUBMITTED TO PROFESSOR'S NAME IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE COURSE Entire title page is centered aligned. Top margin is 2 inches. BROOKES BIBLE COLLEGE All font in the paper is 12 point Times New Roman (except footnotes, which are 10 points). Space Down 7 singles spaces

More information

Associate Degree in Theology and Christian Ethics

Associate Degree in Theology and Christian Ethics Associate Degree in Theology and Christian Ethics Course description Each program is directed especially to trainees, as professionals in theology would contribute its expertise in field theological and

More information

THE BASICS: Lesson 1 INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE

THE BASICS: Lesson 1 INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE THE BASICS: Lesson 1 INTRODUCTION TO THE BIBLE The Bible is the Word of God. It claims to be the truth, the message of God to man. 2 Peter 1:21 says that men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. The

More information

[MJTM 16 (2014 2015)] BOOK REVIEW

[MJTM 16 (2014 2015)] BOOK REVIEW [MJTM 16 (2014 2015)] BOOK REVIEW Stephen R. C. Nichols. Jonathan Edwards s Bible: The Relationship of the Old and New Testaments. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2013. xvii + 229 pp. Pbk. ISBN 978161977678. In

More information

A sermon preached by the Dean on Sunday 5 th January 2014 The Fest of the Epiphany at the Cathedral Eucharist.

A sermon preached by the Dean on Sunday 5 th January 2014 The Fest of the Epiphany at the Cathedral Eucharist. A sermon preached by the Dean on Sunday 5 th January 2014 The Fest of the Epiphany at the Cathedral Eucharist. The Christmas story mentions two groups of visitors to the holy family in Bethlehem. Each

More information

PM 512: Special Studies in Ministry: Biblical Theology in Preaching. Masters Level Credit

PM 512: Special Studies in Ministry: Biblical Theology in Preaching. Masters Level Credit PM 512: Special Studies in Ministry: Biblical Theology in Preaching. Masters Level Credit Dr. Mark Livingston: Professor of Church Ministries for BMA Theological Seminary Class Meetings: Tuesdays 6-9 pm

More information

Philosophies of Counseling

Philosophies of Counseling Philosophies of Counseling By Dr. Edward Watke Jr. - Preface - When you consider all the ideas there are about counseling one becomes aware that it is not very scientific. The world has over 10,000 ideas

More information

Fallacies most Bible students make In Interpreting scripture. by Hershel Lee Harvell Jr

Fallacies most Bible students make In Interpreting scripture. by Hershel Lee Harvell Jr Fallacies most Bible students make In Interpreting scripture by Hershel Lee Harvell Jr About Copyright:If you feel this book helps in your study, then use it and be blessed by it. If you feel you need

More information

STUDIES IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. Adult Bible Equipping Class Anchorage Grace Church by Nathan R. Schneider, Th.M.

STUDIES IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. Adult Bible Equipping Class Anchorage Grace Church by Nathan R. Schneider, Th.M. STUDIES IN THE OLD TESTAMENT Adult Bible Equipping Class Anchorage Grace Church 2013 by Nathan R. Schneider, Th.M. Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed,

More information

Online School Course Descriptions

Online School Course Descriptions Course Title: Sure Foundation Two subjects are covered in this class. The Integrity of the Word expounds on the truth, surety, and infallibility of God s Word. Christian Philosophy shows us that we all

More information

Biblical Exegesis for Preaching

Biblical Exegesis for Preaching Biblical Exegesis for Preaching Revised 6/02 Alyce M. McKenzie Exegesis is a dialogue between us and the text in which we ask questions and listen for answers or new questions. Our questions come from

More information

Jesus Parables in Chronological Order ~ Scripture. Parable #1 Matthew 9:16 New Cloth Patch on an Old Coat

Jesus Parables in Chronological Order ~ Scripture. Parable #1 Matthew 9:16 New Cloth Patch on an Old Coat Jesus Parables in Chronological Order ~ Scripture Parable #1 Matthew 9:16 New Cloth Patch on an Old Coat 16 No one sews a patch of unshrunk [new] cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from

More information

Living Water Church Ministry Training Center

Living Water Church Ministry Training Center Living Water Church Ministry Training Center He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. John 7:38 1000 Hall Valley Drive Bridgeport, WV 26301

More information

5210 Centennial Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80919. info@crosstocrown.org. www.crosstocrown.org. Student Handbook

5210 Centennial Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80919. info@crosstocrown.org. www.crosstocrown.org. Student Handbook Student Handbook 5210 Centennial Blvd. Colorado Springs, CO 80919 info@crosstocrown.org www.crosstocrown.org Student Handbook Welcome to New Covenant School of Theology (NCST). We count it a joy to help

More information

Offered in six week-long sessions as study notes for the course. Presented by Fletcher L. Tink, Ph.D Professor

Offered in six week-long sessions as study notes for the course. Presented by Fletcher L. Tink, Ph.D Professor Offered in six week-long sessions as study notes for the course. Presented by Fletcher L. Tink, Ph.D Professor Theological Foundations of Work This week we will learn about: 1. Theological Foundations

More information

What makes preaching biblical?!

What makes preaching biblical?! What makes preaching biblical? by Pablo A. Jiménez1 My first reaction toward the phrase biblical preaching was to think that it was a tautology. For me, preaching is mainly the exposition of the Gospel

More information

Hearing God s Voice in Prayer

Hearing God s Voice in Prayer John 16:13-14 Hearing God s Voice in Prayer 13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will

More information

How to Analyze a Bible Passage

How to Analyze a Bible Passage How to Analyze a Bible Passage The kind of study that can help you examine a small passage of Scripture is called analytical Bible study. Analytical Bible study gives you a detailed view of a Bible book.

More information

Summary of the Document The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church Pontifical Biblical Commission March 18, 1994

Summary of the Document The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church Pontifical Biblical Commission March 18, 1994 Summary of the Document The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church Pontifical Biblical Commission March 18, 1994 Made by Sr. Grace Marie Heinrich, SCTJM Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary

More information

7.1.1 The church is Christ together with his people called both to worship and to serve him in all of life.

7.1.1 The church is Christ together with his people called both to worship and to serve him in all of life. Living Faith: Chapter 7 - "God's Church" Page 1 of 6 Living Faith - Chapter 7 - God's Church 7.1 The Church 7.1.1 The church is Christ together with his people called both to worship and to serve him in

More information

creation ; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

creation ; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. [WELCOME TO THE FAMILY] Bible Study #1 INTRODUCTION TO THE WORD OF GOD (Part 1) It is amazing that, when we come to faith in Christ, we truly become a new creation. As it says in 2 Corinthians 5:17: if

More information

Introduction to The Gospel of Matthew

Introduction to The Gospel of Matthew Introduction to The Gospel of Matthew Why look at Matthew s Gospel? Because: 1. It s in the Bible! 2. It shows us who Jesus is 3. It tells us things about the life and ministry of Jesus not found elsewhere

More information

1 The Structure of the Bible

1 The Structure of the Bible 1 1 The Structure of the Bible MEMORIZE: 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: G od

More information

Who Are the Evangelists of Ephesians 4:11? And what is their ministry in the New Testament Local Church today?

Who Are the Evangelists of Ephesians 4:11? And what is their ministry in the New Testament Local Church today? Who Are the Evangelists of Ephesians 4:11? And what is their ministry in the New Testament Local Church today? INTRODUCTION By Dr. Jim Bearss For people who take the Bible seriously, when the choice comes

More information

Correspondence Program Course Requirements

Correspondence Program Course Requirements Course Title Correspondence Program Course Requirements Instructor Course Description 1. A Sure Foundation Andrew Wommack Two subjects are covered in this course. The Integrity of the Word expounds on

More information

Guide for Writing an Exegesis On a Biblical Passage

Guide for Writing an Exegesis On a Biblical Passage Guide for Writing an Exegesis On a Biblical Passage A. Initial Approach 1. Context. Locate your pericope both within the immediate context of the basic division of the book and the overall structural units

More information

DIVISION OF CHRISTIAN STUDIES

DIVISION OF CHRISTIAN STUDIES DIVISION OF CHRISTIAN STUDIES Martha S. Bergen, Chair The Division of Christian Studies promotes the academic study of the Bible, Biblical Languages, Christian Education, Christian Ministries, Intercultural

More information

God is the author of Sacred Scripture: CCC 105 The Holy Spirit inspired authors to write. God used them as His instruments.

God is the author of Sacred Scripture: CCC 105 The Holy Spirit inspired authors to write. God used them as His instruments. 1.3: The Bible The Bible as God s loving communication with each of us What we mean when we say the Bible is inspired by God The Catholic approach to interpreting Scripture What books belong in the Bible?

More information

Practical Applications. How to study the Bible for yourself

Practical Applications. How to study the Bible for yourself Practical Applications How to study the Bible for yourself Applying What You ve Learned A topical study involves two things: First, you pick a subject and examine all that the Bible has to say about that

More information

INERRANCY & HERMENEUTICS. What every Evangelical pastor should know about biblical truth and interpretation

INERRANCY & HERMENEUTICS. What every Evangelical pastor should know about biblical truth and interpretation INERRANCY & HERMENEUTICS What every Evangelical pastor should know about biblical truth and interpretation True or false? EFCA pastors believe that every word of the Bible is literally true Is loincloth

More information

For more information on this study guide/pamphlet go to : www.someonecaresministry.org.

For more information on this study guide/pamphlet go to : www.someonecaresministry.org. P a g e 1 P a g e 2 Search the Scriptures Study Guide Author s Note: The bible says in 1 John 4:1 that we should try (test) every spirit and every message to see whether it be of God. Please test this

More information

Grace to You :: Unleashing God's Truth One Verse at a Time. Proverbs Scripture: Proverbs Code: MSB20. Title

Grace to You :: Unleashing God's Truth One Verse at a Time. Proverbs Scripture: Proverbs Code: MSB20. Title Grace to You :: Unleashing God's Truth One Verse at a Time Proverbs Scripture: Proverbs Code: MSB20 Title The title in the Hebrew Bible is The Proverbs of Solomon (1:1), as also in the Greek Septuagint

More information

ARE THERE STILL APOSTLES AND PROPHETS TODAY? Apostles

ARE THERE STILL APOSTLES AND PROPHETS TODAY? Apostles ARE THERE STILL APOSTLES AND PROPHETS TODAY? By Denver Cheddie There are people today who claim to be apostles and prophets and actually add these titles to their names. They claim that the 5 fold ministry

More information

The Institutes of Biblical Law

The Institutes of Biblical Law The Institutes of Biblical Law Law and Society By: Rousas John Rushdoony TABLE OF CONTENTS Preface Introduction Religion A. Religion: A Universal Reality B. The Essential Nature of Religion C. The Seat

More information

How does God want us to live? What does He want us to do? How are we to treat others?

How does God want us to live? What does He want us to do? How are we to treat others? Discernment It Takes A Church November 2, 2014 Introduction Romans 12:1, 2 NRSV I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy

More information

Theological Exegesis for Preaching

Theological Exegesis for Preaching Theological Exegesis for Preaching Wycliffe College, St. Margaret s, Winter 2015 THIS IS A PROVISIONAL SYLLABUS - THE INSTRUCTOR RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES Instructors Dr. David Widdicombe contact:

More information

Master of Arts in Theology

Master of Arts in Theology Master of Arts in Theology Overview The Whitworth Master of Arts in Theology Program seeks to produce Christ-centered, well-educated, spiritually disciplined, visionary leaders for the church and society.

More information

"Those Who Rule Over You"

Those Who Rule Over You W. Reid Hankins, M.Div. Hebrews 13:7-13 02/08/09 "Those Who Rule Over You" Today is an exciting day for our church. Today we will, Lord willing, ordain and install Mr. Jeff Hibbitts to the office of ruling

More information

INTEGRATION EXAM STUDY GUIDE

INTEGRATION EXAM STUDY GUIDE INTEGRATION EXAM STUDY GUIDE Dear Student, The purpose of this study guide is to assist you in preparing for taking the 20-question Integration section of your comprehensive exam. This guide covers all

More information

Unity of the Person. of Jesus Christ as the God-man. By Corey Keating

Unity of the Person. of Jesus Christ as the God-man. By Corey Keating Unity of the Person of Jesus Christ as the God-man By Corey Keating Professor Al Glenn ST502 Systematic Theology II Theological Statement Fuller Theological Seminary, Phoenix Extension Winter Quarter 2002

More information

I Object! Objections to the Doctrine of Election

I Object! Objections to the Doctrine of Election I Object! Objections to the Doctrine of Election Preliminary Statement on Romans 9:14 29: This passage continues the train of thought started in Rom. 9:1 13. While Paul uses the doctrine of election to

More information

CONTENTS PART I: GOD PART II: ON ANGELS PART III: THE CREATION OF MAN. 1. God: Three in One (p. 15) 2. The Divine Director (p. 27)

CONTENTS PART I: GOD PART II: ON ANGELS PART III: THE CREATION OF MAN. 1. God: Three in One (p. 15) 2. The Divine Director (p. 27) THE BIG PICTURE CONTENTS PART I: GOD 1. God: Three in One (p. 15) 2. The Divine Director (p. 27) PART II: ON ANGELS 3. The Birth of the Angels (p. 40) 4. The War in Heaven (p. 50) PART III: THE CREATION

More information

Jesus Interprets the Scriptures Mark 10:2-16 Sunday, October 4, 2015 The Rev. Sharon Snapp-Kolas, preaching

Jesus Interprets the Scriptures Mark 10:2-16 Sunday, October 4, 2015 The Rev. Sharon Snapp-Kolas, preaching Jesus Interprets the Scriptures Mark 10:2-16 Sunday, October 4, 2015 The Rev. Sharon Snapp-Kolas, preaching Scripture. Prayer. Opening. Some people seem to know the Bible really well. You know who I m

More information

The Clear New Testament Passages On Divorce And Remarriage Daniel R. Jennings, M.A.

The Clear New Testament Passages On Divorce And Remarriage Daniel R. Jennings, M.A. Articles Home (http://www.danielrjennings.org/writings.html) The Clear New Testament Passages On Divorce And Remarriage Daniel R. Jennings, M.A. Everywhere we turn it seems that marriages are falling apart.

More information

NUMBERING OF COURSES. Master of Divinity Required Courses

NUMBERING OF COURSES. Master of Divinity Required Courses NUMBERING OF COURSES The first digit in the course number indicates the departments in which the course is offered. Old Testament courses are designated by numbers in the 100s, New Testament courses are

More information

PROPHETIC UTTERANCE AND THE BLACK CHURCH LESSON THREE

PROPHETIC UTTERANCE AND THE BLACK CHURCH LESSON THREE PROPHETIC UTTERANCE AND THE BLACK CHURCH LESSON THREE Dr. Ricky A. Woods Senior Minister First Baptist Church-West Charlotte, NC We now turn our attention toward prophetic preaching as it emerges as the

More information

Holy Scripture: God Reveals Himself o His People Lesson # 15 of 27

Holy Scripture: God Reveals Himself o His People Lesson # 15 of 27 Holy Scripture: God Reveals Himself o His People Lesson # 15 of 27 Scripture/Memory Verse All Scripture is inspire by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness

More information

What is God s plan (purpose) for you? ' = next PowerPoint slide

What is God s plan (purpose) for you? ' = next PowerPoint slide What is God s plan (purpose) for you? ' = next PowerPoint slide ' Intro: - God has always had a plan for His children His plan for us has been from all eternity - illus.: Jer. 29:10-11 God, I know the

More information

Faculty of Divinity, Trinity College. Outcomes for the Master of Divinity degree

Faculty of Divinity, Trinity College. Outcomes for the Master of Divinity degree Faculty of Divinity, Trinity College Outcomes for the Master of Divinity degree Graduates of the Trinity College Master of Divinity degree will demonstrate (1) a graduate level and ecumenically justifiable

More information

Preparing an Evangelistic Bible Lesson

Preparing an Evangelistic Bible Lesson Preparing an Evangelistic Bible Lesson 1 Preparing an Evangelistic Bible Lesson Prepare Your Heart Pray for yourself; ask God to speak to you through this Scripture passage. Pray for your students and

More information

INTRODUCING THEOLOGICAL INTERPRETATION OF SCRIPTURE. A Book Review. Presented to. Dr. Jason Lee. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

INTRODUCING THEOLOGICAL INTERPRETATION OF SCRIPTURE. A Book Review. Presented to. Dr. Jason Lee. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary INTRODUCING THEOLOGICAL INTERPRETATION OF SCRIPTURE A Book Review Presented to Dr. Jason Lee Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for SYSTH 3203 by Jeffrey

More information

Core Behavioral Questions. For Pastoral Candidates. Joel Rainey, Ed.D.

Core Behavioral Questions. For Pastoral Candidates. Joel Rainey, Ed.D. Core Behavioral Questions For Pastoral Candidates Joel Rainey, Ed.D. Introduction: The calling of a pastor is the most monumentally crucial task of a church with a vacant pulpit. You as the Search Team

More information

Hebrews - Lesson 9 (Chapter 7:11-28) Opening. Introduction to Lesson 9 study

Hebrews - Lesson 9 (Chapter 7:11-28) Opening. Introduction to Lesson 9 study Hebrews - Lesson 9 (Chapter 7:11-28) Opening Ice breaker question: Do you have any follow-up questions from the Hebrews review? Introduction to Lesson 9 study This is the perfect place to pick up our study

More information

Exploring the Synoptic Gospels: Mark and His Careful Readers

Exploring the Synoptic Gospels: Mark and His Careful Readers Summarizing the Sessions This summary, published in January 2000 by the Franciscans and St. Anthony Messenger Press, reinforces the general themes covered in the previous study sessions. Use it as a final

More information

THE NEW TESTAMENT PROPHET

THE NEW TESTAMENT PROPHET LESSON 7... NT PROPHETS (PROPHECY) THE NEW TESTAMENT PROPHET "Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers..." Acts 13:1 It is essential to understand the difference between

More information

Some Helpful Ways to Read the Bible Diane Jacobson

Some Helpful Ways to Read the Bible Diane Jacobson Some Helpful Ways to Read the Bible Diane Jacobson Knowing how to begin with Bible Study or how to have good conversations gathered around the Bible is often the biggest challenge we face. What kind of

More information

The Crux Chapter 1 Problem and Purpose (Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-18)

The Crux Chapter 1 Problem and Purpose (Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-18) BIBLE STUDY (Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-18) What s This Passage All About? The book of Genesis is about beginnings the beginning of the world, the beginning of humankind, and the beginning of our relationship

More information

THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS

THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS Ephesians Roger A. Cox 1 THE BOOK OF EPHESIANS Introduction Except for the book of Romans, the book of Ephesians is the most carefully written presentation of Christian theology in the New Testament. Paul

More information

Rules For Bible Study

Rules For Bible Study Rules For Bible Study There are several rules, or methods, of Bible study that will be of help to you as you study your Bible. It is possible to have knowledge of the Bible and still not be a fruitful

More information

9 marks of A Healthy New Testament Church. 1. Preaching. 2. Biblical Theology

9 marks of A Healthy New Testament Church. 1. Preaching. 2. Biblical Theology 9 marks of A Healthy New Testament Church 1. Preaching What is it? An expositional sermon takes the main point of a passage of Scripture, makes it the main point of the sermon, and applies it to life today.

More information

Novosibirsk Biblical Theological Seminary

Novosibirsk Biblical Theological Seminary Novosibirsk Biblical Theological Seminary INFORMATIONAL NEWSLETTER Issue #2 The Importance of Theological Education The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these

More information

A Moravian View of Biblical Interpretation. Definitions 2/28/2014. Ground of the Unity Personal Belief. Moravian Theology Since 1957

A Moravian View of Biblical Interpretation. Definitions 2/28/2014. Ground of the Unity Personal Belief. Moravian Theology Since 1957 A Moravian View of Biblical Interpretation Moravian Theology Since 1957 1 Definitions Doctrine= the official teaching of the church, requiring official action of approval (Unity Synod, Provincial Synod

More information

Summary of Dei Verbum Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation of the II Vatican Council November 18, 1965

Summary of Dei Verbum Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation of the II Vatican Council November 18, 1965 Summary of Dei Verbum Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation of the II Vatican Council November 18, 1965 Made by Sr. Grace Marie Heinrich, SCTJM Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary Preface

More information

Master of Divinity (MDiv) Course Description

Master of Divinity (MDiv) Course Description Master of Divinity (MDiv) Course Description General Courses GI5000 Theological Research & Writing An introduction to theological research and writing papers at the graduate level. Students learn to use

More information

BIBLE-THEOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY

BIBLE-THEOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY BIBLE-THEOLOGY AND PHILOSOPHY Professor Miller, Chair Professors N. Anderson, Dickens, Kierstead, Peterson, Rightmire Associate Professor K. Anderson The BIBLE AND THEOLOGY PROGRAM offers an in-depth exploration

More information

THE SUBSTANCE OF FAITH

THE SUBSTANCE OF FAITH 4. THE SUBSTANCE OF FAITH Among Christians around the world today there is much talk about faith. Many preachers consistently expound on this one topic. Others have written entire books on the subject.

More information

ML507 Biblical Hermeneutics The Search for Meaning: Understanding Biblical Interpretation. Course Syllabus

ML507 Biblical Hermeneutics The Search for Meaning: Understanding Biblical Interpretation. Course Syllabus ML507 Biblical Hermeneutics The Search for Meaning: Understanding Biblical Interpretation Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., Ph.D., Professor Course Syllabus http://www.christiancourses.com/ a service of ministries

More information

Chapell, Bryan, Christ-Centered Preaching, Grand Rapids, MI, Baker Book House, pp. 375, $27.99

Chapell, Bryan, Christ-Centered Preaching, Grand Rapids, MI, Baker Book House, pp. 375, $27.99 Chapell, Bryan, Christ-Centered Preaching, Grand Rapids, MI, Baker Book House, pp. 375, $27.99 Author s Intent: The preface of the book lays out four primary objectives for the work. First, after establishing

More information

Gender Roles. A Biblical Perspective (paper for Cornerstone Bible Fellowship)

Gender Roles. A Biblical Perspective (paper for Cornerstone Bible Fellowship) Gender Roles A Biblical Perspective (paper for Cornerstone Bible Fellowship) Today s culture has continuously and progressively redefined the gender roles from past generations. The church has not been

More information

Facilitator The Rev. Dr. Darryl B. Starnes, Sr. Director, Bureau of Evangelism African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Charlotte, North Carolina

Facilitator The Rev. Dr. Darryl B. Starnes, Sr. Director, Bureau of Evangelism African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Charlotte, North Carolina Facilitator The Rev. Dr. Darryl B. Starnes, Sr. Director, Bureau of Evangelism African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church Charlotte, North Carolina ALTAR MINISTRY TOPIC Copyright 2005 Bureau of Evangelism

More information

CHAPTER THREE BIBLICAL THEOLOGY. theology and salvation history. The term biblical theology has become rather popular in

CHAPTER THREE BIBLICAL THEOLOGY. theology and salvation history. The term biblical theology has become rather popular in CHAPTER THREE BIBLICAL THEOLOGY Biblical typology must be understood and placed in the broader spectrum of biblical theology and salvation history. The term biblical theology has become rather popular

More information

Lecture#1 Introduction to Christian Counseling

Lecture#1 Introduction to Christian Counseling Lecture#1 Introduction to Christian Counseling Thomas Idiculla, PhD Agape Partners International www.agapepartners.org/coaching 1 Outline What is Christian Counseling Three approaches: Medical, Psychological

More information

The Book of Love: Biblical Foundations for Christian Counselling

The Book of Love: Biblical Foundations for Christian Counselling The Book of Love: Biblical Foundations for Christian Counselling Dale Campbell Principles of Counselling (MM 661) Lecturer: Phil Halstead Assessment I: Essay (learning outcome 1) Due: 24 August 2009 Introduction

More information

FORMATION CRITERIA for ORDAINED MINISTRY: IME Phase 2. Structure of the formation criteria. Ordained Pioneer Ministry

FORMATION CRITERIA for ORDAINED MINISTRY: IME Phase 2. Structure of the formation criteria. Ordained Pioneer Ministry FORMATION CRITERIA for ORDAINED MINISTRY: IME Phase 2 Structure of the formation criteria The Formation Criteria are organised under seven headings: A. Christian faith, tradition and life B. Mission, evangelism

More information

Reading the Bible Missionally

Reading the Bible Missionally Reading the Bible Missionally Introduction It is not enough, however, just to say that mission has a solid biblical foundation, we also need to see that the Bible has its roots in mission. That is, the

More information

Some Qualities Of A Good Bible Student

Some Qualities Of A Good Bible Student Sermon : Some Qualities Of A Good Bible Student Page 1 Some Qualities Of A Good Bible Student INTRODUCTION : A. All Christians should enjoy bible study. 1. It s the way we learn about God. 2. It s the

More information

National Leadership Training Program Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology

National Leadership Training Program Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology Uniting Aboriginal & Islander Christian Congress Yalga-binbi Institute for Community Development National Provider No. 31116 National Leadership Training Program Certificate III in Christian Ministry and

More information