Category: Theology For Life

The History of Interpretation and Current Approaches To The Bible

Hermeneutics: The Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation Biblical Interpretation through the Centuries Throughout the centuries there have been hot debates about the meaning of Scripture. In fact many church councils were called to end what was considered heretical teachings and debates about the meaning of God’s written Word. At the heart of all biblical interpretation lie two basic questions: (1) How many meanings can a text have, and (2) Where is/are the meanings found? In the history of the church there have arisen two views of the Scriptures and their proper interpretation: (1) Scripture meaning lies only in...

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Preaching Christ in All of Scripture (Edmund P. Clowney)

Hermeneutics: The Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation Most of us read the Bible as if it is telling a story, one that culminates in the person and work of Jesus Christ. We get the overarching narrative of Scripture and can see that Scripture sets out to tell a story about Christ. For some reason, however, it is more difficult to make this transition into the pulpit. A lot of sermons seek to apply to Scripture to their own moralistic purposes, or they simply present the facts of the verses read without pointing to its Christological significance. Thankfully, we...

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Three Keys to Sermon Listening and Note-Taking

Hermeneutics: The Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation Going to church each Sunday and sitting under godly, loving, biblical, and practical preaching week in and week out should be enjoyed as a privilege by God’s people. While some people, like myself, learn best by sitting and listening, I know many people get more out of sermons by taking notes. When I’m listening to a sermon I try to always do the following three things: Open my Bible and follow along as the pastor preaches the Word. Listen for key ideas/points. Learn to interpret the biblical text from your pastor.  ...

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The Illuminating Work of the Holy Spirit in Daily Bible Reading and Discipleship

Hermeneutics: The Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.” (John 16:13) In verse 12 of chapter 16 of the Gospel of John, Jesus says, “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.” This inability reflects not merely the disciples’ weakness, but also the reality that they were still living before the cross. The pattern of...

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Reading the Bible with the Church

Hermeneutics: The Art and Science of Biblical Interpretation Bible reading, meditation, journaling, meaty theology books—they are crucial and quite individualistic. And while there is a place for your personal, passionate pursuit of God, the Bible was never meant to remain a solely singular endeavor. The Word of God was and has always been a community experience. These books, letters, stories, poems and prophecies are meant to be read aloud. It is the call upon the people of God to worship Him through His Word, recounted and recited in the midst of biblical community. Dr. Jeff Arthurs presents five reasons...

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