A Chronological Study of Paul's Ministry
Chronology is the study of the sequence of events in a historical text, and the comparison of those events with other known events from other sources. The Bible is a historical document, and part of assessing the value of any historical narrative is the study of Chronology. When events in the Bible line up with known dates confirmed outside the Bible, it suggests a high level of reliability in the biblical text. Also, some areas of doctrine are based on chronological assertions, as we shall see in the case of Gal. 2. This outline explains (in shortened form) how scholars date the events in the ministry of Paul. A more complete study of this process is available from Jack Finnegan, A Handbook of Biblical Chronology.
A Problem Passage Interpretation Plan
A step-by-step process to interpret difficult passages of Scripture.
An Approach to Christian Apologetics
Before we can develop a comprehensive approach to apologetics, we should determine how we will respond to the biblical teaching on the noetic effects of sin. To what extent can fallen man use his reason to understand the things of the Spirit? Should we use an approach that employs reason, or simply rely on a declaration of the truth, in the belief that God will quicken those who are "appointed unto eternal life"?
Apologetics and Worldviews Communication Points
When helping someone investigate Christianity, there are important things to keep in mind to communicate effectively and lovingly.
When handling Scripture, application must follow interpretation. The following restrictions on applications should prevent "steer-wrestling." Steer-wrestling is when we don't let the passage say what it wants to, but wrestle it over to our intended meaning.
Areas of Leadership Responsibility
Christian leaders have to function in a number of areas, and different leaders will perform better in some areas than others. Leaders should appraise their own strengths and weaknesses, not hesitating to get help in their weak areas when possible. At the same time, all leaders need to be ready in principle to perform in all of these areas on occasion.
This paper is designed to give a young disciple a brief overview of the Bible, in the hopes that a big picture understanding will propel them into better personal Bible studies. This paper is ideal for someone who knows nothing about the story of the Bible. Also, many people are familiar with the New Testament, but not the Old. In that case, the Old Testament section can be studied without the New Testament section. Use the ideas below to set up a seven to nine-week cooperative study with the person you are discipling.
Since the focus of Christianity is on Christ, the believer must have a clear understanding of his person and work. Christology is the study of his person; soteriology is the study of his work. The two are obviously related: who Christ is will determine what he is able to do. Virtually every heresy denies the deity of Christ and therefore also denies to some extent his work on the cross for us. As a rule, liberal (and some Neo-Orthodox) theologians deny Christ's deity, while some fundamentalists tend to underemphasize his humanity.
Chronological Study of the Life of Christ
A chronological look at the life and ministry of Christ including his birth, start of his ministry, duration of his ministry and timeline of his death.