Defending Scripture, Literally

Understanding the meaning of Scripture is more nuanced than we might expect.

Click on the order button below to download this Christianity Today Bible Study as a PDF file.


Overview

Facing an onslaught of theological liberalism, many Christians—including Christianity Today columnist Carolyn Arends—have taken their stand on a literal reading of the Bible, saying that God’s Word means exactly what it says. Yet this well-intended attempt to be faithful has left us vulnerable intellectually and spiritually. “But for me, and, I suspect, others like me,” Arends confesses, “our ‘literalist’ convictions left us confused in significant ways—not only about song lyrics, but, much more tragically, about Scripture itself.”

Table of Contents

SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1; Proverbs 3:1–12; Matthew 13:1–23; Acts 2; Revelation 4

LEADER'S GUIDE

    • Identify the Current Issue

    • Discover the Eternal Principles

Teaching point one: Wisdom literature provides a memorable and easy-to-grasp approach to understanding God’s requirements for daily life.
Teaching point two: Apocalyptic literature in Scripture can give us a fresh vantage point to see our Lord in awe.
Teaching point three: Poetical literature can be found throughout the Bible, even in the narrative parts.
Teaching point four: Historical accounts can be refreshingly straightforward and fairly easy to understand, but they also can include other perspectives.
Teaching point five: Parables in Scripture call on us to inspect the state of our hearts.
    • Apply Your Findings

    • Additional Resources

ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY

    • "Defending Scripture, Literally” by Carolyn Arends, April 2012

You have permission to make up to 1,000 copies for use in your local church.

100% GUARANTEE - If you are not completely satisfied with the product you purchase, please e-mail us and we'll provide your next one completely free!



PDF File CT262$4.95

Connect With Us:   E-Newsletter   |   Facebook   |   Twitter   |   RSS Feed