Knowing Scripture

by R.C. Sproul     |     Book Summary


Author: R.C. Sproul
Publisher: IVP
Date: 1977
Pages: 125

Book Summary of Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul


“Since neo-orthodox theology called the church back to a serious study of the content of the Bible, there has been more concern in the life of the church for understanding and applying its message to our generation.” (p. 11) Unfortunately, this growing desire to study the Bible has not led to a growing consensus about the most “rudimentary principles of biblical interpretation” (p. 11).

This lack of consensus becomes problematic in the context of lay-led Bible studies, small group Bible studies, and in-home fellowship groups where Bible study is often reduced to discussions about personal, subjective opinions about the Bible. The obvious question in these settings is simply this: Who gets to determine what a particular Bible passage means and how it applies to our lives, and how does anyone make such a determination?

“My prime motivation is to offer basic, ‘common sense’ guidelines to help serious readers study sacred Scripture profitably.” (p. 12) These common sense guidelines include the following concepts:

  1. Understanding the inspiration of the Bible
  2. Respecting the authority of the Bible
  3. Learning the basic rules for Bible study

Using important tools for Bible study.





Knowing Scripture

by R.C. Sproul

[ Book Summary ]



Book Summary of Knowing Scripture by R.C. Sproul

AuthorR.C. Sproul
PublisherIVP
Date1977
Pages125


Overview:

“Since neo-orthodox theology called the church back to a serious study of the content of the Bible, there has been more concern in the life of the church for understanding and applying its message to our generation.” (p. 11) Unfortunately, this growing desire to study the Bible has not led to a growing consensus about the most “rudimentary principles of biblical interpretation” (p. 11).

This lack of consensus becomes problematic in the context of lay-led Bible studies, small group Bible studies, and in-home fellowship groups where Bible study is often reduced to discussions about personal, subjective opinions about the Bible. The obvious question in these settings is simply this: Who gets to determine what a particular Bible passage means and how it applies to our lives, and how does anyone make such a determination?

“My prime motivation is to offer basic, ‘common sense’ guidelines to help serious readers study sacred Scripture profitably.” (p. 12) These common sense guidelines include the following concepts:

  1. Understanding the inspiration of the Bible
  2. Respecting the authority of the Bible
  3. Learning the basic rules for Bible study

Using important tools for Bible study.




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