Part 1The verbal inspiration and the all and sole sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as originally given.
New Testament scholar Michael Kruger has produced the following 2 blog series' to help Christians understand how the New Testament canon was developed, presenting 10 facts and 10 misconceptions. These are “designed for a lay-level audience and hopefully could prove helpful in a conversation one might have with a skeptical friend.”. Click on the links to read the full articles.
10 Misconceptions About the New Testament Canon
1. The Term “Canon” Can Only Refer to a Fixed, Closed List of Books
2. Nothing in Early Christianity Dictated That There Would be a Canon
3. The New Testament Authors Did Not Think They Were Writing Scripture
4. New Testament Books Were Not Regarded as Scriptural Until Around 200 A.D.
5. Early Christians Disagreed Widely over the Books Which Made It into the Canon
So you want to know your Church History? Below are links to 10 good reasons to study Church History, followed by some resources that have proved helpful.
10 REASONS TO STUDY CHURCH HISTORY
What properties must the creator of the universe possess? Apologist William Lane Craig offers the following summary. You can read the full article here.
I have tried to make this more digestible and easy to remember, as well as provide some scripture.
Timeless (Exod 3:14, Ps 90:2-4, Hab 1:12, 2 Pet 3:8, Rev 1:8)
Changeless (Ps 102:27, Mal 3:6, Heb 13:8)
Immaterial (John 4:24, Col 1:15, 1 Tim 1:17)
"Let’s illustrate this for the children. Your daddy is standing in a swimming pool out a little bit from the edge. You are, let’s say, three years old and standing on the edge of the pool. Daddy holds out his arms to you and says, “Jump, I’ll catch you. I promise.” Now, how do you make your daddy look good at that moment? Answer: trust him and jump. Have faith in him and jump. That makes him look strong and wise and loving. But if you won’t jump, if you shake your head and run away from the edge, you make your daddy look bad. It looks like you are saying, “he can’t catch me” [i.e., he's incompetent] or “he won’t catch me” [i.e., he's mean] or “it’s not a good idea to do what he tells me to do” [i.e., he's unwise]. And all three of those make your dad look bad.
Howard & William Hendricks, in Living by the Book, give 6 tips for reading the Bible repetitively.
1) Read entire books in one sitting - This gives us a better grasp of the unity of each book. Skipping from passage to passage means we never get a sense of the whole.
At the bare minimum, there are forty different commands in the New Testament to live life in some sense with other believers. While certainly it is possible to do some of these with Christians in general, the weight of this list should convince you of the necessity of having on going relationships with other believers.
...Here’s how this danger can begin. Your prayer life may be nonexistent, or you may have an unforgiving spirit toward someone, or sexual desires may be out of control. But you get involved in some ministry activity, which draws out your spiritual gifts. You begin to serve and help others, and soon you are affirmed by others and told what great things you are doing. You see the effects of your ministry and conclude that God is with you. But actually God was helping someone through your gifts even though your heart was far from him.