Category: Theology For Life

Recommended Reading on the Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation

Hermeneutics: The Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation Recommended Reading on the Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation This season at Servants of Grace, we’ve been considering Hermeneutics: the art and science of biblical interpretation. We are living in a time where many people—though Bibles are a plenty—are biblically illiterate, and don’t know how to interpret the Bible. With this issue of Theology for Life Magazine, it was our hope that readers would grow, not only in their understanding of how to interpret the Bible, but also the greater redemptive storyline of Scripture If you’ve found this subject interesting and want to study the issue further, please check out the recommended reading list below. These books are at the top of this genre in both excellence and readability. Doctrine of Scripture: Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul How to Get the Most from God’s Word by John MacArthur Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney Jesus on Every Page by David Murray The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible by B.B. Warfield. Preaching: Preaching and Preachers by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones Christ-Centered Preaching by Bryan Chapell Between Two Worlds: The Challenge of Preaching Today by John Stott. How to Preach Biblically by John Macarthur and the Master’s Seminary Faculty Feed my Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching Edited by Don Kistler. On The Preparation and Delivery of Sermons by...

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How to Lead a Small Group Bible Study

Hermeneutics: The Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation What a privilege it is to lead a Bible study! And what joy and excitement await you as you delve into the Word of God and help others to discover its life-changing truths. If God has called you to lead a Bible study group, I know you’ll be spending much time in prayer and planning and giving much thought to being an effective leader. I also know that taking the time to read through the following tips will help you to navigate the challenges of leading a Bible study discussion group...

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Doing Investigative Theology: Asking Proper Questions of the Biblical Text

Hermeneutics: The Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation A result of the trend towards biblical illiteracy and sound-bite approaches to theology is that of the difficulty many have with proper interaction with the biblical text. The big nerdy term for how to interpret Scripture is called hermeneutics. Subsumed within the “big idea” if you will of the discipline of hermeneutics are a number of methodologies for doing sound biblical exegesis. One important method is something I like to call investigative theology—asking the correct questions of the biblical text. In journalism school, future news reporters are taught the basics of...

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Drinking Deeply from the Fountain of Biblical Theology

Hermeneutics: The Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation When Jesus approached His two disciples departing Jerusalem on the day of His resurrection, He asked, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” (Luke 24:17). Deftly, he quizzed them about the events of his own death, burial, and resurrection. To this inquiry, these disciples report the somber facts: Jesus of Nazareth…was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people…our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. But we had hoped that...

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The Scripture Cannot be Broken: Twentieth Century Writings on the Doctrine of Inerrancy

Hermeneutics: The Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation Ever since the serpent in the Garden of Eden asked Eve, “Hath God said”, Scripture has been under attack. Unfortunately, this attack is not merely coming from outside the walls of Christianity. Increasingly, the questioning of the inerrancy of Scripture, in particular, has reared its ugly head within the Christian blogosphere, and also within many so-called “Christian books”— written by pastors who claim to preach the gospel. Perhaps more than ever, it is vital for believers to understand why Scripture is the Word of God, why it is the authority in...

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