Now that you (hopefully) have the names of the books in the Bible memorized, we can begin to learn how to read the Bible itself. The first thing we have to deal with is known as the Authority of Scripture.

Wayne Grudem explains it this way: “The Authority of Scripture means all the words in Scripture are God’s words in such a way that to disbelieve or disobey any word of Scripture is to disbelieve or disobey God.”

This doctrine defines the relationship that God has with the Bible. God is presented in the Bible as a dictator, and dictators have only one goal: to have people be obedient to His will. God’s expectations for our lives is that we will obey what is written in the Bible.

This is why, for example, we find comments like this one from 1 Corinthians chapter 14 verse 37, which says “what I am writing to you is a command of the Lord.” In order to make disciples we have to help people understand that when we disagree with something the Bible says, we are having a disagreement with God Himself.

These disagreements can create barriers in our lives, separating us from God.

God has invited His Church into a relationship, but sometimes in life there are moments when our ability to communicate breaks down while the relationship continues on. This kind of thing can happen between a Christian and God.

When this does happen, God simply waits for us to return to the place we never should have wandered away from. That is how relationships between people work, and God is no different. We must learn how to trust him, which brings up the next thing we need to look at, a doctrine known as the Inerrancy of Scripture.

(to be continued…)