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July 25, 2010

Poll Time: Biblical Interpretation

Which people in your church have the most influence when it comes to understanding and applying the Bible?



I've been thinking a lot recently about Biblical interpretation in the local church—namely, who are the people responsible for digging into the Bible to understand what it says (exegesis) and then apply the Bible's truths to our modern culture (hermeneutics).

Most churches in America have at least one full-time pastor who, on paper, is very well qualified to undertake the task of Biblical interpretation. Pastors have been to seminary, after all, and they spend hours every week studying the Word, right? Not to mention that huge library of books and commentaries in their office.

But churches also have several lay leaders who immerse themselves in Biblical interpretation—people like small-group leaders, Sunday school teachers, and so on. These folks are usually not trained on paper, yet they often have a lot of influence when it comes to the doctrines and practices accepted by the congregation.

I'm still trying to think through what all of this means, and how those realties impact Biblical interpretation in the local church. So, to help me out, please take the poll below and let me know which people are the primary drivers for Biblical interpretation in your church. In other words, which group of people have the most impact when it comes to the congregation understanding and applying the truths of the Bible?


posted by Sam O'Neal on July 25, 2010 8:52 AM

Related Tags: Exegesis, Hermeneutics, Poll

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Like yourselves NO ONE in our fellowship dares to RIGHTLY DIVIDE THE WORD OF TRUTH 2 Tim 2:15;


AUTHENTICATION OF GOD’S APOSTLE TO THE GENTILES

Chosen by GOD :

Act:9:1: And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest,
Act:9:2: And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem.
Act:9:3: And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven:
Act:9:4: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
Act:9:5: And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutEst: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.
Act:9:6: And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
Act:9:7: And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man.
Act:9:8: And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus.
Act:9:9: And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
Act:9:10: And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
Act:9:11: And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
Act:9:12: And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
Act:9:13: Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
Act:9:14: And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
Act:9:15: But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
Act:9:16: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.
Act:9:17: And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.
Act:9:18: And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
Act:9:19: And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain days with the disciples which were at Damascus.
Act:9:20: And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.
Act:9:21: But all that heard him were amazed, and said; Is not this he that destroyed them which called on this name in Jerusalem, and came hither for that intent, that he might bring them bound unto the chief priests?
Act:9:22: But Saul increased the more in strength, and confounded the Jews which dwelt at Damascus, proving that this is very Christ.

UNIQUE LY Instructed by CHRIST:

Gal:1:11: But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
Gal:1:12: For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Eph:2:22: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Eph:3:1: For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
Eph:3:2: If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
Eph:3:3: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
Eph:3:4: Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
Eph:3:5: Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
Eph:3:6: That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:
Eph:3:7: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power.
Eph:3:8: Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
Eph:3:9: And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
Eph:3:10: To the

Paul claims THE MINISTRY; OF THE DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD:

Act:20:24: But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
Rom:11:13: For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles,
I magnify mine office:

Eph:3:2: If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:

Rom:1:1: Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God,

Rom:2:16: In the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ according to my gospel.

Rom:15:16: That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.
Rom:15:17: I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.
Rom:15:18: For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,
Rom:15:19: Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.
Rom:15:20: Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation:

Authentication of Paul by Ananias:

Act:9:10: And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord.
Act:9:11: And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth,
Act:9:12: And hath seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in, and putting his hand on him, that he might receive his sight.
Act:9:13: Then Ananias answered, Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to thy saints at Jerusalem:
Act:9:14: And here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on thy name.
Act:9:15: But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
Act:9:16: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.
Act:9:17: And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.

Authentication of Paul by Joses, (Called Barnabas***Son of Consolation )

Act:4:36: And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,
Act:4:37: Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet.

Act:9:26: And when Saul was come to Jerusalem, he assayed to join himself to the disciples: but they were all afraid of him, and believed not that he was a disciple.
Act:9:27: But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus.
Act:9:28: And he was with them coming in and going out at Jerusalem.

Authentication by all the SPIRIT LED BELIEVERS:

1Co:14:37: If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

Authentication by James the brother of OUR LORD, and those who were Pillars at Jerusalem:

Gal:2:6: But of these who seemed to be somewhat, (whatsoever they were, it maketh no matter to me: God accepteth no man's person:) for they who seemed to be somewhat in conference added nothing to me:
Gal:2:7: But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter;
Gal:2:8: (For he that wrought effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same was mighty in me toward the Gentiles:)
Gal:2:9: And when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given unto me, they gave to me and Barnabas the right hands of fellowship; that we should go unto the heathen, and they unto the circumcision.

Authentication by the Corinthians who required proof:

2Co:13:2: I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not spare:
2Co:13:3: Since ye seek a proof of Christ speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty in you.

Authentication from Peter himself:

2Pe:3:15: And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
2Pe:3:16: As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

Authentication from the BIBLE:

2Ti:3:16: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2Ti:3:17: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

2Pe:1:20: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
2Pe:1:21: For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

GOD’S DIRECTIONS FOR SEEING THIS TRUTH OF GOD: “THE DISPENSATION OF THE GRACE OF GOD”.

2Ti:2:15: Study to shew thyself approved unto God,
a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth.

2Ti:2:2: And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses,
the same
commit thou to faithful men,
who shall be able to teach others also.

David and Ellen Liles
THE LORD JESUS CHRIST’S AMBASSADOR’S TRUST
Dliles1017@aol.com
Tel: +442083972719

I have no idea what David's point is above. That Paul was the only person ever qualified to interpret God's word? That makes it tough for anyone to preach a sermon or teach Sunday School or even LIVE OUR LIVES except to live exactly the parts of scripture given through Paul.

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