November 10, 2013: "Inspired of God: Looking at the Real Author of the Bible"
Is it "The most amazing, unique book in the world?" or "An old book full of myths and legends?" Today we begin a study of the inspiration of the Bible. If the Bible is not uniquely a revelation from God, then it is a hoax and full of false claims and lies and none of us should attempt to base our lives on its teachings. If it is truly "from God," then we and world ignore it to our great peril. But what does the Bible mean by inspiration, and how does it describe the process that took place to bring God’s Words into human language?
November 17, 2013: "The Person of the Holy Spirit"
Paul says in II Timothy 3:16 that, "All Scripture is inspired of God." The Greek word here for inspired is theopneustos, which literally means "God breathed" or "God spirited." And the claim in the Bible is that God’s Spirit caused and the writing of the 66 documents that make up the Bible. But what or who is the Spirit of God?
December 1, 2013: "The Spirit Filled Bible"
As we begin to examine how the Holy Spirit inspired the Bible, we look today at three aspects of this "Spirit filled Bible." First, the Holy Spirit is consistently identified as the true author of the books of the Bible. Second, the Bible is the story of the Holy Spirit’s work – from Genesis to Revelation. And third, since the return of Jesus to the right hand of God in heaven to reign, we are living in the age of the Holy Spirit.
December 8, 2013: "In Times Past God Spoke"
As we continue to examine the inspiration of the Bible, today we look at the Old Testament and the different ways the Holy Spirit equipped God’s men to speak. This variety in inspiration is reflected by Hebrews 1:1 where it says, "Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets." (ESV)
December 15, 2013: "Guided into All Truth"
Just as the Old Testament writers proclaimed that their words and writings were the very words of God delivered by His Spirit, so also do the New Testament authors. Today we look at several of the passages which verify this.
December 22, 2013: "The Spirit of Revelation"
In Isaiah 11:2 we have an amazing 7-fold description of what the Holy Spirit would do in the days of the Messiah. Isaiah says, "The Spirit of the LORD will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of power, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD." Today we look at how the Spirit carried out His work in and through the New Testament writers.
January 5, 2014: "If the Spirit Spoke. . ." Part I
In 1980 Jim McGuiggan published a book entitled, If God Came. While its theme was a little different than ours today, the book stirred my thinking to ask, "If the Holy Spirit did inspire the writing of a book (the Bible), then what would be some reasonable expectations about such a book?" Would such a book just blend in and be similar or even indistinguishable from the untold number of books that have been penned by men over the centuries? Surely not! That is why today we begin to examine the evidence that supports the premise that the Spirit of God is the true author of the Bible.
January 12, 2014: "If the Spirit Spoke. . ." Part II
Today we consider three more obvious traits that we could reasonably expect a book written under God’s direction (i.e., inspiration) to exhibit. Any one of these traits is extremely rare among various books claiming to be from God; and only the Bible actually passes the test on all three!
January 19, 2014: "The Spirit Empowered Word"
In this our final lesson on the inspiration of the Bible, we will look at the powerful effect that the Word of God has on our lives. While some seem to believe that God has given us His revelation and is now practicing a "hands off" approach, we do not believe this is an accurate explanation of what He is doing. In fact, these words are empowered by His own Spirit to create faith, bring about new creation people, and strengthen and guide each believer. To speak plainly, the Word and the Spirit work together to accomplish God’s will in his church and people.