• Is the Bible Just Another Book? Media Resource by

    One of the most common claims heard today is that the Bible is merely a collection of contradictory human writings with no coherent structure. Even believers sometimes express frustration because they cannot understand how these various writings fit together. They cannot see the “big picture,” and many give up trying to understand Scripture. In this lecture Dr. Steven Lawson will remind Christians of the importance and privilege of knowing Scripture, helping them to grasp the basic content as well as its meaning and significance. View Resource

  • How Do We Know Which Interpretation Is Right? Media Resource by

    There are many conflicting and mutually exclusive interpretations of Scripture. Skeptics point to this as a reason to reject Christianity’s truth claims, and many Christians who accept the truth of Scripture wonder how they are to know which interpretation is right. In this lecture, Dr. Derek Thomas provides Christians with guidelines to assist them in understanding not only why there are so many interpretations, but also how they are to evaluate and weigh conflicting interpretations. View Resource

  • Principle vs. Custom Media Resource by

    Looking at various customs described throughout Scripture, how are we to understand the application of them in our modern setting? Is there deeper meaning rooted in these teachings, or are they simply cultural issues? Dr. Sproul helps us recognize the difference between temporal local customs and universal principles in the Bible as he wraps-up this study of biblical interpretation. View Resource

  • Scripture & Culture Media Resource by

    In the series Knowing Scripture we’re studying the tools and principles to properly interpret God’s Word and apply the truth to our lives. Today’s lesson delves into one of the most important, but also one of the most difficult topics in biblical interpretation: culture. People in ancient Israel lived much differently than we live today. Recognizing these differences is key to understanding the Bible. View Resource

  • The Explicit & the Implicit Media Resource by

    Throughout church history there have been many obscure, or less clear, passages in Scripture that have attracted a variety of strange—and wrong—interpretations. How do we avoid the error of drawing something from Scripture that is simply not there? What principle do we call upon to guide us in our efforts to understand God’s Word? Dr. Sproul will help us with that as he explains the difference between “The Explicit and the Implicit.” View Resource

  • The Historical Narrative Media Resource by

    Scripture has all we need to instruct us in matters of faith and practice, and is full of examples of godly men and women who lived lives of faith and integrity. What can we learn from their lives? Dr. Sproul shows us how we are to interpret biblical people and events as they are recorded in “The Historical Narrative.” View Resource

  • Literal Interpretation Media Resource by

    As Christians, we know that the Bible is more than merely an ancient book with ethical instructions. Knowing that, how should we read and understand the Bible? What does it mean to read the Bible literally? In this message, Dr. Sproul explains that the only way to interpret the Bible is by “Literal Interpretation,” and then looks at what this approach means. View Resource

  • Literary Forms, Part 1 Media Resource by

    Christians are to take Scripture seriously and literally. But how exactly do we do that? If we take every word “literally” we find ourselves painted in a corner surrounded by critics. How do we understand some of the passages and sayings of Jesus when, if taken literally, are difficult to comprehend? Dr. Sproul looks at these thoughts in “Literary Forms.” View Resource

  • Literary Forms, Part 2 Media Resource by

    Many biblical accounts and narratives have been written off as fable or myth. How do we understand these stories in light of Redemptive history? How can we tell the difference between myths and history? Dr. Sproul shows us the key fundamental differences between the two as he explains more on the various literary forms found in Scripture. View Resource

  • Parallelisms Media Resource by

    What do we do with passages and statements that seem contradictory or impossible to explain? What does Scripture really mean when it says that God creates evil? In this message, Dr. Sproul explains and helps us recognize the ancient Hebrew technique of writing called “Parallelism,” which is found all throughout Scripture. View Resource

  • Private Interpretation Media Resource by

    There are magnitudes of different interpretations of the Bible, so which one is right? Don’t we all have the right to private interpretation without the church telling us what to believe? In this message, Dr. Sproul will help us to understand our right and responsibility, along with the potential benefits and dangers of “Private Interpretation.” View Resource

  • Reading the Bible Existentially Media Resource by

    Many people read Scripture as if it’s a collection of rules to be obeyed and facts to be memorized. But they ignore the rich and complex stories that make up the majority of the Bible. In this lesson Dr. R.C. Sproul explains that reading these stories existentially can open us to deeper truths about God. He begins by explaining what “existential” means, showing how it relates to living the Christian life. View Resource

  • The Science of Interpretation Media Resource by

    Everyone who reads the Bible is engaged in a method of understanding the Bible. The question now is, does the method of interpretation you use really reveal the truth of God as intended by the Holy Spirit? Dr. Sproul looks at this in “The Science of Interpretation.” View Resource

  • Why Study the Bible? Media Resource by

    As Christians, we are all called to master the most important tool of the Christian life—the Bible. In this first message of the series “Knowing Scripture,” Dr. Sproul shows us the importance of diligent study of the Scriptures. View Resource

  • Questions & Answers #1 Media Resource by

    View Resource