Involve a study of human philosophy.
Begin with an understanding of other religious books.
Presuppose that God has both the ability and desire to reveal Himself.
Be a formalized study guided by an expert.
Demonstrate how very great He is.
Communicate His will so we would know what He expects of us
Show how “human” He is.
All the convey how impossible it is for man to actually know God personally.
Its unified theme, archaeological evidence, and fulfilled prophecy.
Its language, which is “other-worldly.”
That it was written by Jesus Christ, God’s Son.
The fact that the original documents are still intact after all this time..
It reveals God’s plan of salvation from sin.
It is by far the longest one.
It is the only one written by more than one person.
It’s the hardest to understand.
Only the ideas of Scripture were communicated to the authors.
Men came up with thoughts about God and wrote them down.
Scholars used available sources for their writings.
The very words are from God and have a definite purpose.
Promises / meant to convict us of sin
Commands / a guide to how to have eternal life through Christ
Revelations / inspired by Him
Communications / written by humans
The Holy Spirit
His mother Mary
Every writer wrote in the same style.
All the books were written in the same language.
The Bible teaches everything there is to know about God.
The writers were controlled by the divine Author as they wrote.
To have a perfect translation of the Bible.
To be sure we really have God’s word in the Bible.
To understand what God has said in the Bible.
To know which Bible translation to use.