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The serious student of the Bible must take seriously the principles of interpretting the biblical text (hermeneutic). Many scholars who have a less than high view of Scripture want to dismiss it as a merely human authored book. Men were involved in the process but lead by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit did not, however, negate the personalities, languages, grammar, styles of writing, or contexts by which the texts were produced. It is the Word of God, infallible in the original manuscripts. We need to understand those human elements that were used to give God’s thoughts meaning. As a part of teaching a lesson in the “Gospel Project” and few weeks ago on interpretation of various genre of the Bible I produced the following page as a beginning to understanding Bible interpretation. I give credit where credit is due. The organization is wholly mine. Click on Hermeneutics for the Bible Believer to view the document.

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On page 126 of the “Gospel Project” lesson 13 for Fall 2012 Christian George discusses the connection between the centrality of God’s Word and Christian Community, that is, “Scripture is the basis of true community”. Words are good but for my mind understanding and memory are better had by diagrams. So here is this week’s unravelling of interrelationships: (the arrows should be read as “leads to”)

God’s Word and Christian Community

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Christian George (“Gospel Project”, Fall 2012, p.109) says, “Theology must lead to worship. And worship is not an end in itself either. Worship must lead to mission. Let’s dig deeper into this concept. What if Christians leave out theology? Then we have worship without an objective and mission without a message. What if Christians leave out mission? Then we have theology without obedience and worship without growth. And what if Christians leave out worship? Then we have theology without devotion and mission without ammunition.”

In lines 1-4 I have mapped out my understanding of what he says in this quote. Line one is the simple outline. Lines 2-4 are the negative results of leaving out one of the disciplines: theology, then mission, then worship. Line 5 is my attempt at putting all of these ideas back into the original outline (line 1). The arrows in line 5 should read “provide ________ to”.

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