Theology: The Study of God (based on Charles F. Baker, “A Dispensational Theology,” chapters 6 & 8 p.38-44, 52-57)
Claims of the Bible
1. Those who spend much time studying the pages of the Bible will quickly see that it is a very special book, unlike any other work that has ever been written.
- It was written by more than _________ human authors, who came from all walks of life
- It was written from a variety of l__________________
- It was written over a span of more than _________________ years
- Yet, there is a unified theme flowing from beginning to end. Paul Enns writes,
The Holy Spirit is the unifier of the sixty-six books, determining its harmonious consistency. In unity these books teach the trinity of God, the deity of Jesus Christ, the personality of the Holy Spirit, the fall and depravity of man, as well as salvation by grace. It quickly becomes apparent that no human being(s) could have orchestrated the harmony of the teachings of the Scripture. The divine authorship of the Bible is the only answer. (The Moody Handbook of Theology; Chicago, IL: Moody Press; 1989, pp. 154–155)
2. Many volumes have been published expressing man’s thoughts and ideas about God. However, only the Bible reveals God’s thoughts and ideas to humanity.
- Phrases like “…thus says the L____________…” appear thousands of times throughout Scripture (i.e. Exodus 20:1; Ezekiel 1:3)
- The Bible is t________________ in everything it affirms (Psalm 119:160; John 17:17)
- The Bible claims to be more than the words of m____________ (1 Thess. 2:13)
- To reject the words of Scripture is to reject the word of G____________ (Jer. 11:1-3)
The God Who Reveals Himself
3. It would be impossible for human beings to know God in any meaningful way, unless the Lord chose to disclose Himself to us. We believe that He has done just that in many ways.
General Revelation (Psalm 19:1-6)
God makes Himself known through nature (see also Acts 14:15-17)
- Examples –
- testimony is c__________________ (“day to day,” “night to night”)
- testimony is w_______________-less (“without speech”)
- testimony heard by entire w____________ (“through all the earth”)
- What can we learn about God’s character from nature?
- Objection: “but what about droughts, famines, earthquakes…?”
God makes Himself known through our c__________________
- Romans 2:14-15
- What does our inner sense of right and wrong teach us about God?
- General revelation is limited, but enough to make us accountable
Special Revelation through Scripture (Psalm 19:7-11)
- God’s Word recorded by p_______________ and a_______________
- How does the psalmist describe God’s Word? What effect does it have?
- Why might God want to preserve His words, in written form?
- What does Scripture teach us that nature cannot?
- 2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 1:21
Special Revelation through Christ (Hebrews 1:1-3)
- God has spoken through His S__________________
- What does He teach us about the Father?
- What does He teach us about salvation?
- John 1:18; John 14:10
4. Why are each of these forms of revelation required if we are to know God?
5. God’s revelation is progressive; He unfolds his plan in s________________, not all at once
6. Who helps us understand the Bible? Why do we need this help? (Is. 55:8-9; Rom. 1:21)