I was challenged to deeper my faith through questions and further reading, so that I may fully understand what it is that God was doing in the lives of those in the Bible. I would highly recommend this book to a reader that wants to fine-tune their faith in a way that is personal to them. Brown is a wise man that made something quite scholarly into something a normal human being could understand. He left out all of the fancy, literary words that are typically found in biblical studies. I truly appreciated his dedication for the general public to grasp studying the Bible on a basic level.
In this paper, it briefly looked at how he did it. The whole world owes a great deal of gratitude to him because he both rediscovered the missing Gospel of Jesus Christ, which had been covered by man’s works, and brought this saving message to the people. The way he did this was with his spoken and written words. May God the church faithful to its true doctrine, now and forever. Amen.
This book does not... ... middle of paper ... ...iring. It gives us great insight into the minds and hearts of the writers and it gives us a glimpse at the omniscience of God and His love for mankind. There were many times when reading this book that I receive divine revelation and enlightenment to better understand what God was trying to say through a specific passage or literary section. I truly believe that by reading this book I am better able to divide the word of God and teach it in a way that is accurate and true to the original intent of the Holy Spirit and the authors. I believe that this book communicates the deep love God has for mankind that He would give us His Word, and in His Word reveal the depth and fullness of His love for us.
God’s Holy Word. To Wesley, the Bible was the only book needed and he considered it the first and final authority. He considered Scripture to be primary with the remaining three factors holding complimentary roles. When studying Christian theology, we are to use the other components of the quadrilateral to assess how scripture addresses a specific question. With the Bible as the final test, Scripture is most important and it is how God reveals Himself to us.
The Christ-event is God's definitive self-disclosure, while Scripture and preaching are made to correspond to him as a faithful witness becomes the perfect statement according to Barth (Barth, 2003, p. 61). Barth’s opening thesis is a view that everything that can be known with confidence about God or divine things is known only or primarily by faith, as opposed to a coherent or cognitive. In addition, existential, in the sense that Barth affirms that scripture has an objective significance, even before considering it through faith and reason. According to Barth, “This circumstance is the simple fact that in the congregation of Jesus Christ, the Bible has specific authority and significance” (p. 56) and without the congregation it becomes only historical. It becomes important to uphold and defend the Bible’s authority and the power does not come from any simple measure employed by us individually.
In our hermeneutics class textbook “Christ Centered Preaching, Redeeming the Expository Preaching” by Byran Chapell; states the one key element of a sermon is “Unity.” The sermon should hopefully communicate God’s truths and not just thoughts that would disconnect the audience. Also, it states when a sermon has unity, a preacher has the ability to focus on a depth of the subject. This is profound because no matter how you structure a sermon it has to bring home the heart of God. The one passage that betrays, what Expository preaching can do is John 1:1-4. “The beginning was the Word… He is God…Through Him all things are made…In Him is life!
Christian means to be Christ-like, therefore how can we be Christ-like without the study of God? God is the ultimate teacher because He reveals Himself to us so that we can know and obey Him. We can not have Christian education without knowing God, because He is the teacher of all things. The Bible is used to teach us about God and this book is the main curriculum used in Christian education. The reason for His teaching is to bring about a transformation in our lifestyle and to please God by our act of faith.
It is important to study scripture using the Wesleyan Quadrilateral because Wesley was known as being a relevant theologian and his views on scripture have lasted over two centuries. The Wesleyan quadrilateral is still relevant today as it provides a method for discovering the things of God, ourselves, and lets us know who God really is. For the purposes of this reflection paper I would like to summarize the four components of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral and then reflect personally upon each term as how it relates to the Christian theologian. The first component of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral is scripture. The term scripture used in the Wesleyan Quadrilateral refers to God’s word.
Learning Theology with the Church Fathers by Christopher A. Hall provides an overview of the teachings of several church fathers. Hall does this by highlighting the positions of specific church fathers as they spoke out against heresy in the early church. This provides the reader with a profitable overview of early church history and doctrinal issues that were of greatest concern in the early church. The strongest point of Learning Theology with the Church Fathers is the authors clear knowledge of Ante-Nicene writings.
Beyond the Bible, written by Howard Marshall, is a compilation of essays that seek to propose a biblically sound way to move from biblical text to doctrine and application. Marshall believes that if one is going to move “beyond the bible,” they must do so “biblically.” A concern for Marshall is also how to properly apply scripture to controversial matters in the church today. The book includes more than just Marshall’s work, but essays written by Kevin Vanhoozer and Stanley Porter as well, which backs the idea that hermeneutics should be a discussion, not a solo speech. In Marshall’s first essay, ‘Evangelicals and Hermeneutics,’ he summarizes the state of evangelical theology in relation to hermeneutics. Marshall describes how over the past thirty years, evangelical scholars have come to appreciate hermeneutics more than ever before.