... see also Bible Study Methods
Those who view the bible as being
the authoritative word of God obtain a completely different understanding of it than those who study it as merely an
interesting recognized body of literature. The one searching for God's will seeks to understand exactly what
is says, what it meant to the writer, and how it applies to us today. Scholars, on the other hand, usually come to the
bible with an attitude of criticism.
The articles in this section are intended to assist in
the understanding of how biblical authority is established, mainly by giving a number of examples. The subjects
and the recommended order of reading are given below:
- Is it important? - The biblical reason that we need to have authority for those activities in
which the local church engages.
- Back to the Basics -
The chain of Divine authority, and who has the authority today.
the Name of Jesus - Is it enough to just proclaim that we are doing things in the name of Jesus? What does
this really mean?
- Bible Preservation Series - Can we depend
on our current versions of the bible to accurately represent the original inspired text?
- Power of the Word - Various aspects of the word that demonstrate its supernatural origin and design.
- By What Authority? Series - This series of 10 articles starts with
the motivation to seek authority, and then presents the biblical authority for nine items of worship and work of the
- The Sound of Silence - Did you ever wonder why something
was not specified in the bible? Why we must respect God's silence as much as His word.
- Too Strict? - Many religious leaders would proclaim that the articles in this topic present a
view of biblical authority that is way too strict. Is this the case? Or is this biblical approach really based
on a simple acceptance of God's grace?
Authority - Is It Important?
Back to Basics
Bible Preservation - 1
Bible Preservation - 2
Bible Preservation - 3
Blinded by the Heart
By What Authority? - 1 (Don't Be Afraid to Ask!)
By What Authority? - 2 (Worship)
By What Authority? - 3 (Assembling)
By What Authority? - 4 (Singing)
By What Authority? - 5 (Prayer)
By What Authority? - 6 (The Lord's Supper)
By What Authority? - 7 (Giving)
By What Authority? - 8 (Preaching)
By What Authority? - 9 (Teaching)
By What Authority - 10 (Benevolence)
Has All Truth Been Revealed?
Jesus on the Inspiration of the Scriptures
"I'm Warning You"
In the Name of Jesus
Inquiring Minds Want to Know
Power of the Word
Sound of Silence
Theme of the Bible