Lesson 4: The Final Authority in Matters of Faith: Scripture (Part 1)


Notice: This chapter will be covered in two parts. Do not read the entire chapter this week.

Read Know the Truth: Chapter 3: Scripture (Pages 34-49)

Questions for Discussion

1. Distinguish the various meanings of ‘Word of God’. Outline the case for viewing the Scriptures as God’s Word.

2. What was Jesus’ view of the OT, and what is the significance of that for our attitude to Scripture today? How would you answer the objection that his view was culturally conditioned and hence not relevant to us?

3. What is the ‘inward witness of the Holy Spirit’ and what is its significance for our understanding of the authority of Scripture?

4. What is meant by ‘the inspiration of Scripture’? Outline the various approaches, assessing their strengths and weaknesses.

5. Why do we speak of (a) verbal inspiration and (b) plenary inspiration?

6. Explore the link between the authority of Scripture and its inspiration.

7. What is meant by the ‘canon of Scripture’? Outline the process by which (a) the OT canon and (b) the NT canon were settled.

Milne, Bruce (2012-11-28). Know the Truth: A Handbook of Christian Belief (pp. 61-62). InterVarsity Press. Kindle Edition.

Scripture Reading, Scripture Memory and Catechism

Please visit emmauscf.org/passages to view a suggested Bible reading plan, suggested scripture memory verse, and Emmaus’ catechism. Once there, please select the appropriate week of the year.

Other Resources 

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