Blogging Through Biblical DoctrineHave you wanted to read a theology book, but haven’t known where to begin? In this series, Jess is blogging through John MacArthur and Richard Mayhue’s book, Biblical Doctrine. Print the study guides at the bottom of each post (or on the Resources page) and follow along! Also, be sure to join the associated women’s Facebook page to discuss the study with other Christian women. Finally, if you want to go back and start at the beginning you may find the Introduction article here.
Finally! We get to delve into some doctrine. This week’s study is going to be a basic introduction into the doctrine of the Word of God. Through this chapter we will discuss things like general and special revelation, divine inspiration, inerrancy, preservation, and canonicity. Don’t let these terms overwhelm you, though! They may just be unfamiliar terms to familiar concepts. And this study of theology will help you organize your knowledge of these concepts in a more tidy and retrievable way (like filing cabinets in your mind)– making you a better student, a better teacher, a better evangelist and apologist for the Word of God.
Before you get too excited (or frightened), remember, we aren’t going to study this all in one week. (Thank Heavens!) We will be studying the topic of bibliology for the next eight weeks. So get comfy cozy. Grab a blanket and some tea, ’cause we’re gonna be here for a while.
In addition to the first ten pages of this chapter, here are some resources that might help serve as a bibliology primer of sorts:
- General and Special Revelation: A Reformed Approach to Science and Scripture— This article, from Ligonier, provides fundamental teaching on general and special revelation which leads into a greater understanding regarding the special revelation of Scripture itself.
- The Doctrine of Scripture: Defining Our Terms— This article, also from Ligonier, might be a good one to print out and have on hand. Go ahead, 3-hole punch it and stick it in your pretty binder.
- The Doctrine of Scripture— This sermon from Pastor John MacArthur is immensely helpful. If you know yourself to be an auditory learner, listen to this before you read this chapter. Or download it and listen to it on your commutes. It will firm up these truths in your mind.
And at last, here is your study guide for this week: Bibliology 1.
I’ll see you next week as we discuss the divine inspiration of the Bible.
For your convenience, you may download this or previous study guides from the Beautiful Thing Resources page at any time.