Thursday, January 22, 2015

Inerrancy Lesson - Carpenter Flock Notes - 150118

I. The Statement
I. The Bible (Bibliology)
A. Inspiration  (2 Timothy 3:15-16; 2 Peter 1:17-20)
B. Inerrancy and Authority
We teach that Scriptures are absolutely without error (inerrant),1 misstatement, or defect of any kind in their moral and spiritual teachings and record of historical facts and science in the original documents. They are infallible2 and God-breathed;3 the only rule of faith and practice for the believer and in the church.4
Matthew 5:18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. NKJV
Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. NKJV
1 John 16:12-13; 17:17  2 John 10:35  3 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2 Timothy 3:15-17   4Matthew 5:18;   24:35;  John 10:35; 16:12-13; 17:17; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 2  Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 4:12; 2 Peter 1:20-21; 3:16
C. Hermeneutics (Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics)

II. Notes: 
A. Christ on  the Scriptures 
Jesus trusted the Scriptures completely, and He revealed His trust in a number of ways. One is the way He treated the Old Testament’s historical accounts. He always treated them as trustworthy facts, even the events that many people today consider to be myths.
Jesus acknowledged that Adam and Eve were the first married couple (Matthew 19:3–6; Mark 10:3–9) and Abel was the first prophet and was martyred (Luke 11:50–51). He believed the accounts of Noah and the Flood (Matthew 24:37–39), Lot and his wife (Luke 17:28–32), Sodom and Gomorrah (Matthew 10:15), Moses and the serpent in the wilderness (John 3:14), the manna from heaven (John 6:32– 33, 6:49), the miracles of Elijah (Luke 4:25–27), Jonah and the big fish (Matthew 12:40–41)—the list goes on.
Jesus did not allegorize these accounts but took them as real events that actually happened just as the Old Testament describes. He used these past events to reassure His disciples that the future events of His own death, Resurrection, and Second Coming would likewise certainly happen in time-space reality.
The Extent of the Old Testament's Authority. It Extends to:
     A. The Words -- Matthew 22:43; (cf. 1 Cor. 2:13)
     B. The Tenses of Verbs -- Matthew 22:32; (cf. Gal. 3:16)
     C. The Smallest Parts of the Words -- Matthew 5:17,18
B. Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy:
(1) Received:  They are not chosen by the Church.  The church displays their willingness to submit to what they regard to be already the Word of God.
(2) Supreme: Our consciences are justly bound to lesser authorities only when they are in conformity to the Word of God.
(3) Objective: Here the Bible is seen not merely as a catalyst for revelation, but as revelation itself.
(10) Autographs:  We do not argue for inerrant transmission of the text but with extensive documentation we have not legitimate basis for disobeying a mandate of Scripture where the text is not in doubt.
(11) Infallible: This term is often used by those who would deny inerrancy to refer to the fact that believe that Scripture will not fail to accomplish it’s purpose.
(13) Qualifications: Inerrancy is not negated by biblical phenomena such as a lack of modern technical precision, irregularities of grammar or spelling, observational descriptions of nature, the reporting of falsehoods, the use of hyperbole and round numbers, the topical arrangement of material, variant selections of material in parallel accounts, or the use of free citations.
(14) Grammatical—Historical: The grammatical and literary structures and time periods of the written texts should be taken seriously as we interpret them. 

III. Applications and Discussion:
· How, in your spiritual journey, did you come to believe that the Bible is true?
· When is the last time you looked at a passage in the Bible to determine if what some said or preached was really accurate?
· Do you usually come to the Scriptures to validate what you believe or to receive instruction ? How can you tell?
· How serious is it to reject the inerrancy of the Scriptures?  the authority of the Scriptures? Why?
Minor        Confusing                 Dangerous            Damnable
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The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy

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