Therefore many people believe that scripture is the one and true way that God have made himself known. Research indicates that through scripture God has inspired, communicate, and revealed himself to humankind through the elements of the world. Through these studies humankind has come to believe and understand that there is a greater source that can give and take away that which he has created. R.C.Sproul states “for whoever or whatever God may be he is altogether beyond our knowledge. Being limited in our ability to think as God does, one must believe and trust through the faith which has be built through the very word that has been written.
What is preaching? Even though Christianity has many definitions of preaching, in order to be effective, one must come to a common place on what true preaching really is. “Preaching is divine activity wherein the word of God is proclaimed or announced on contemporary issues for and ultimate response to our God.” Simply, preaching is the word of God being delivered through the language of everyday life experiences of congregation members. Many misconceptions are made that preaching is simply the unfolding of scripture. Personally, this misunderstanding could be explained as an exegetical scriptural reading.
God knows when is the time human needs to be given instruction and can receive and understand the message. That is when the Holy Spirit reveals the message. Revelation, Inspiration and Illumination Before we are going to talk deeply about how God communicates to human being, we need to distinguish some terms that relating with the works of the prophets Revelation refers primarily to God’s disclosure of truth trough words, acts, or any other means, but most fully in the person of Jesus Christ. It refers to the content of truth-the subject matter that is communicated to the prophet. “It is the content of the message communicated by God to His prophet in the process of inspiration.” (Roger Coon, Inspiration/Revelation: What It is and How it Works, Part I, 18) Inspiration is the way God communicates His truth to human being.
To began this section Placher summarizes the Bible’s vision of the world, “…This is the real world…So if you buy into this picture… then anything real has to fit into this framework. Your life…thus will make sense only if [it has a] place within this grand story” (928). After this statement Placher recognizes that the biggest element in trusting the Bible is that the reader first comes to trust God. Once a person comes to trust the Lord they are caught in a cycle of trusting the Bible because God inspired the Bible, Placher explains. Finally Placher ends his article with the explanation of the Bible giving the reader a new language and mindset to describe the world around them.
Porter suggests using the translation theory when looking to go beyond the bible. He believes one should carefully examine the core of what is being said in scripture, and then translate it into today’s language. Beyond the Bible is full of useful insights regarding how to apply scripture to doctrine and everyday life. Marshall, Vanhoozer, and Porter are all well-educated theologians. How to faithfully apply Scripture to everyday life is not conclusively agreed upon and laid out in this book, but it pushes readers to think about biblical interpretation in new ways.
We have many tools to assist us in discerning whether something is biblical, but the most important is prayer or talking to God. We must not be swayed by what is popular or easy, but stick to the truths of the Bible. It is also important to look at the historical context in order to discern what the Bible says and use that to classify something as biblical or nonbiblical. We shoud always read the surrounding text to ensure that we get the correct interpretation of the text. By using the thought experiment, we can be assured that we adher to the original text meaning and convey that to our current audience.
Is God the real truth? Without richness for God in their heart, we can see why so many struggle and fall into self-hurt and other dependency issues. Will it be science or the Word of God one has to search their soul? This should n... ... middle of paper ... ...d. Genesis teaches us about human identity, civilization, natural world and human relationships. God’s message is clear, we are to take the Bible seriously and not just a piece of literature but also factual knowledge of how we began.
Biblical inspiration cannot be described by an earthly language; it is best described as an opportunity presented to man that can be acted upon by mans gift of free will. Additionally, the bible inspires the reader in another fundamental way. Man is inspired by biblical curiosity to seek further understanding of God’s word (Durand). This is not to say that the leaders of the Church cannot make new revelations or that the laws of the church cannot be clarified or modified for use in today’s society. New revelations can be made known by God whenever then need arises.
‘A practical guide to biblical ethics’ was written to help Christians follow and understand God’s law, so that they may live a lifestyle that honours God. By using the expression ‘God’s law’, Smith means the moral will of God as to what is right and wrong. This is encompassed in the Ten Commandments and expanded on throughout the Bible. Kevin Gary Smith(2012:6-9) wrote the book for believers whose prayers are to live a righteous life. The book is, however, not written only for academics or full time pastors, but is aimed for all Christians to understand.
In this verse, Paul gave Timothy and the others ministers a charge and a commission to preach the Word. In order to be an effective preacher, the Word of God must be the foundation. In 2 Timothy 3:16, it states that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”. In other words, the Word of God was written by man, God-breathed and divinely inspired. The Scripture is important because it creates an argument or appeal that is persuading the audience to do something.