SESSION FOUR<br />The Truth of God’s Word<br />
God’s Living Word<br />Rediscovering the Truth of the Bible<br />QUESTIONS TO EXPLORE<br /><ul><li> How is the bible autho...
 How do we know the bible is “true?”
 Does the bible contradict itself?
 How do we read the bible faithfully?</li></li></ul><li>But first…a review!<br />
New Creation<br />(Parousia / Resurrection)<br />~ Life After Life After Death<br />Awaiting <br />New Creation<br />(Heav...
How is the bible<br />authoritative in our lives?<br />
Crisis of Authority<br /><ul><li> The Church’s Identity of Crisis
The Reformation
 The Enlightenment
 Electricity / Quantum Physics
 Crisis of Authority
Solo Scriptura
 Denominational “Authority”</li></li></ul><li>The Inspiration and Authority of Scripture<br />Theological Claims versus Hi...
 Revelation
 Authority</li></ul>Authority ofGod exercised through Scripture<br />
How do we know <br />the Bible is true?<br />
Does the Bible<br />contradict itself?<br />
How do we read <br />the Bible faithfully?<br />
Nine Theses On <br />Interpreting Scripture<br />1. Scripture truthfully tells the story of God’s action of creating, judg...
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The Truth Of Gods Word

  1. 1. SESSION FOUR<br />The Truth of God’s Word<br />
  2. 2. God’s Living Word<br />Rediscovering the Truth of the Bible<br />QUESTIONS TO EXPLORE<br /><ul><li> How is the bible authoritative in our lives?
  3. 3. How do we know the bible is “true?”
  4. 4. Does the bible contradict itself?
  5. 5. How do we read the bible faithfully?</li></li></ul><li>But first…a review!<br />
  6. 6. New Creation<br />(Parousia / Resurrection)<br />~ Life After Life After Death<br />Awaiting <br />New Creation<br />(Heaven / Paradise)<br />~ Life After Death<br />Building for<br />New Creation<br />(Earthly Ministry)<br />~ Life Before Death<br />Foretaste of <br />New Creation<br />(Transformed Life)<br />~ Eternal Life Begins<br />
  7. 7. How is the bible<br />authoritative in our lives?<br />
  8. 8. Crisis of Authority<br /><ul><li> The Church’s Identity of Crisis
  9. 9. The Reformation
  10. 10. The Enlightenment
  11. 11. Electricity / Quantum Physics
  12. 12. Crisis of Authority
  13. 13. Solo Scriptura
  14. 14. Denominational “Authority”</li></li></ul><li>The Inspiration and Authority of Scripture<br />Theological Claims versus Historical Claims<br /><ul><li> Inspiration
  15. 15. Revelation
  16. 16. Authority</li></ul>Authority ofGod exercised through Scripture<br />
  17. 17. How do we know <br />the Bible is true?<br />
  18. 18. Does the Bible<br />contradict itself?<br />
  19. 19. How do we read <br />the Bible faithfully?<br />
  20. 20. Nine Theses On <br />Interpreting Scripture<br />1. Scripture truthfully tells the story of God’s action of creating, judging and saving the world.<br />
  21. 21. Nine Theses On <br />Interpreting Scripture<br />2. Scripture is rightly understood in light of the church’s rule of faith as a coherent dramatic narrative.<br />
  22. 22. Nine Theses On <br />Interpreting Scripture<br />3. Faithful interpretation of scripture requires an engagement with the entire narrative: the New Testament cannot be rightly understood apart from the Old, nor can the Old be rightly understood apart from the New.<br />
  23. 23. Nine Theses On <br />Interpreting Scripture<br />4. Texts of scripture do not have a single meaning limited to the intent of the original author. In accord with Jewish and Christian traditions, we affirm that scripture has multiple complex senses given by God, the author of the whole drama.<br />
  24. 24. Nine Theses On <br />Interpreting Scripture<br />5. The four canonical Gospels narrate the truth about Jesus.<br />
  25. 25. Nine Theses On <br />Interpreting Scripture<br />6. Faithful interpretation of scripture invites and presupposes participation in the community brought into being by God’s redemptive action -- the church.<br />
  26. 26. Nine Theses On <br />Interpreting Scripture<br />7. The saints of the church provide guidance in how to interpret and perform scripture.<br />
  27. 27. Nine Theses On <br />Interpreting Scripture<br />8. Christians need to read the Bible in dialogue with diverse others outside the church.<br />
  28. 28. Nine Theses On <br />Interpreting Scripture<br />9. We live in the tension between the &quot;already&quot; and the &quot;not yet&quot; of the kingdom of God; consequently, scripture calls the church to ongoing discernment, to continually fresh re-readings of the text in light of the Holy Spirit’s ongoing work in the world.<br />
  29. 29. NEXT WEEK<br />Rediscovering the Practice of Prayer<br /><ul><li>What is the purpose of prayer?
  30. 30. Does God answer prayer?
  31. 31. Does prayer change external circumstances?
  32. 32. How do we develop a discipline of prayer?</li>
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