Steve Chalke argues that because Jesus is the infallible Word of God and the one to whom Scripture points, we must read Scripture in the light of his life and teaching. So far, so good except that for Chalke, this means that he looks at Scriptures which he struggles with and if he finds that they don’t fit with his understanding of Christ’s life and teaching then he does not have to agree with them. Continue reading
One of the big questions we will have to consider is “How should we interpret Genesis 1-3. . Of course, whenever we think about interpreting and applying Genesis 1-3, the question of Creation and Evolution is never far from my minds. Or to put it another way, how do we interpret the Bible’s account of origins in the light of modern scientific understanding? Continue reading
On Sunday, we discovered that Satan’s power is finite and temporary as we looked at Revelation 20:1-6. This is the primary point that we should take away from those verses. Pastorally this makes it a deeply encouraging passage.
However, as I pointed out in the sermon.
- These verses have been the source of controversy over the years as people have debated exactly when and how Satan’s power will be limited
- Although we have just a short passage here, people have often decided their interpretation of the book of Revelation and indeed the Bible’s whole teaching on eschatology from these few verses.
In a sermon, I don’t really have the time to unpack all the options, nor do I think that would be the best use of my time. However, it may be that some would like a little bit more background and explanation. So here it is. My plan is to first of all give an overview of the different positions taken and then give a short explanation of why I’ve landed on the interpretation I have. Continue reading
Preachers need to do three types of exegesis
1. We need to clearly understand the text
2. We need to know the congregation we are speaking to
3. We need to be aware of our own hearts.
The third one, exegeting myself, means being aware of where God is challenging us, this includes where he disagrees with and rebukes us but also where he encourages and comforts us. In other words, I pray “Lord speak to me that I may speak…” It means being aware of where my biases, hobby horses, cultural assumptions etc are.
Here are some things that might help us to do this. Continue reading
Revelation has proved one of the most controversial books in the New Testament. One reason for this is that different people have taken different approaches to interpreting it, Continue reading