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Theology The Study of God. Systematic Theology Studying God by looking at the different aspects of His character separately. Different Areas of Systematic Theology Bibliology (Bible) Angelology (Angels) Anthropology (Man) Hamartiology (Sin)

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Theology

The Study of God

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Systematic Theology

Studying God by looking at the different aspects of His character separately.

Different Areas of Systematic Theology

Bibliology(Bible) Angelology (Angels)

Anthropology (Man) Hamartiology (Sin)

Christology (Christ) Soteriology (Salvation)

Pneumatology (Spirit) Ecclesiology (Church)

Eschatology (End Times) Theology Proper (God)

We Are All Theologians.

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Bibliology

Why is it important?

It is foundational to all other areas of theology.

The Bible is the basis of the Christian faith and life – know what you believe about the Bible before you spend time studying it.

Every area of Theology comes from the Bible – so this is the starting point.

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7 Key Areas of Study in Bibliology

Revelation – What is the content of the Bible?

Inspiration – How was the Bible written?

Authority – What weight does the Bible have for faith and practice?

Canonicity – How were the true Bible books determined?

Illumination – How can the Bible be understood?

Animation – What is the inherent quality of the Bible?

Interpretation – How is the Bible to be explained?

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Bibliology

A. Revelation

1. Introduction

2. Types of Revelation

a. General

b. Special

B. Inspiration

C. Authority

D. Canonicity

E. Illumination….

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Bibliology

1. Revelation

Introduction

Types of Revelation

General

Special

“Revelation” - from the Greek – “apocalypsis”

Occurs 18 times in the NT (Galatians 2:2; Revelation 1:1)

Literally means – a disclosing or uncovering of something previously hidden

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Bibliology

1. Revelation

Introduction

Types of Revelation

General

Special

General Revelation

It is called “general” because anyone can get it

2 Forms of general revelation are from the…

World (of Nature)

Conscience (Of Man)

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World Of Nature

Psalm 19:1-4; Romans 1:19-20

What is revealed about God (what does the Bible tell us is revealed about God from nature)?

God exists

God is powerful

God has knowledge

God is Supreme / Great

God is Good (Acts 14:16-17)

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Bibliology

1. Revelation

Introduction

Types of Revelation

General

Special

Conscience of Man

Romans 2:15

It’s function in a person implies the existence of God or a Supreme lawgiver because this ability is not self-acquired but created (probably at conception)

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General Revelation’s Limitations

It brings enough truth to bring responsibility so people are without excuse and guilty

It does not provide enough truth to be saved because we can’t know about Jesus from just looking at nature or thinking about “god”.

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Bibliology

1. Revelation

Introduction

Types of Revelation

General

Special

Special Revelation

Personal Experiences (audible voice; dream; vision; angel)

Miracles

Prophecy

Life of Jesus On Earth

Bible

(Over 3800 times the Bible claims to be divine (God’s) revelation)

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Special Revelation

Arguments for Believing that the Bible is from God

Self-Claims – If the Bible is true when it talks about science, geography, history, math – we would tend to accept that all of it is true

Indestructibility – Both physical and intellectual attacks have come against the Bible for thousands of years – and it’s still standing (Voltaire)

Fulfilled Prophecy – about 20% of the Bible was prophecy about the future when it was written – and much has been fulfilled. There were over 300 prophecies about Jesus written hundreds of years before He came.

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Arguments for Believing that the Bible is from God

Scientific and Historical Accuracy

No science or history book is without error, yet the Bible, in all of its statements, is proving to be true.

Influence for Goodness and Justice

The Bible has helped promote social, cultural, and humanitarian good as no other book

The Bible has helped change countless lives

Contents (the Bible is not a book man would write if He could)

(sin; salvation not by works; highest ethical standards; people God uses are often major sinners;

(Unity – it all fits together – yet written by more than 40 authors over 2000 years)

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Concluding Facts

Written Revelation is not exhaustive

Written Revelation is progressive

Written Revelation is primarily intended for the believer

Written Revelation has been completed

So – realize how much there is to know about God and how little we know – and be in Awe of our Awesome God

Think about how to use General Revelation in sharing the Gospel with your friends.

Don’t ever forget about the importance of Special Revelation – especially the Bible

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I hope these slides help you in some way (feel free to delete this slide).

Feel free to contact me for any reason. I have some handouts and extra info for some of the slides that I did not include. There are also a few notes at the bottom of some slides, but not as much as I should have. If you have some great ideas or help or criticisms, or just want to talk, give me a call or shoot me an email.

youthpastortimo@hotmail.com

(515) 448-5414