I am excited to share with you about an upcoming series reflective of my teaching from fall 2018. My objective with this series is to call women to the reading and study of God’s Word, provide support for sound doctrine, and dispel theological confusion in those disciplines and doctrines. When we do not know and understand good theology, we risk living out bad theology.
Women need theology; the study of God is not merely for our good but for the glory of God himself. Doctrine of the Word of God is the very foundation of theology, Christian belief based on Scripture. In its four applications, doctrine is believed, practiced, confessed, and taught. It is Christian belief that involves not just our head but our whole being. “For nearly 2000 years, the church has constructed sound theology based on Scripture. Because Scripture is the written Word of God and, as such, the ultimate authority for what the church is to believe and how it is to live, it is the foundation for good theology.” Writes Professor of theology, Dr. Gregg Allison.
Within this series, Doctrine & Disciplines of the Bible, our study will glance at inspiration of Scripture, inerrancy and infallibility of Scripture, and Scripture’s authority and sufficiency. With a correct posture, the reader will be invited to read the Bible well and do the hard work of Bible study while handling the Word of God rightly. Although the study will not be exhaustive in this online context, I believe the average reader will find it informative. In a sense, we will be getting back to the basics.
As a reminder, the studies are more than a devotional, yet less than a Bible study. However, the reader will need to open her Bible and read through the indicated scriptures (biblical support) to fully benefit from the content. Some in-depth posts in this particular series will require more than one sitting to work through. Appropriately, the studies will post once weekly.
Recreated for the purpose of supplementing my teaching and discipleship, this series is meant to be more than information transfer. Confronting the reader with doctrinal truths, heart application will manifest as theological adjustments, discerning attitudes, and putting into practice the spiritual disciplines. It is my heartfelt prayer that the reader might come to know Christ and enjoy his Word in a greater way. And as in all things, that God himself might receive glory for any fruit of my humble efforts.
A preface to these posts, I would be remiss if I did not list my sources for Doctrine and Disciplines of the Bible:
Paul Enns, The Moody Handbook of Theology
Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology
Millard Erickson, Christian Theology
Charles Ryrie, Basic Theology
John Frame, Systematic Theology
Michael Horton, Pilgrim Theology
Gregg R. Allison, 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith
The Baptist Faith & Message 2000
The Chicago Statement of Biblical Inerrancy
The London Baptist Confession of Faith
Danny Akin, Charles Quarles; SEBTS Class Notes
George Guthrie, Read the Bible for Life
Howard and William D. Hendricks, Living By the Book
R.C. Sproul, Can I trust the Bible?
Donald Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life
David Mathis, Habits of Grace
Kevin DeYoung, Taking God at His Word
Sinclair Ferguson, From the Mouth of God
David Garner, Did God Really Say?
Carson and Nielson, God’s Word, Our Story
Michael Catt, The Power of Surrender
Tim Keller, It’s All About Jesus
R.C. Sproul, 5 Things Every Christian Needs to Grow
Jason Allen, Sola: How the Five Solas are Still Reforming the Church
John Mac Arthur, The Sufficiency of Scripture Part One
Heath Lambert, Sufficiency
D.A. Carson, R.T. France, J. Alec Motyer, Gordon J. Wenham, The New Bible Commentary