Last year I returned to school and began to reflect on my time at Seminary and it’s impact on me, my family and my ministry. I thought I would share some “rules” that I’ve learned over my time. This is a series of posts, ten in total, that I will post over the next two weeks.
RULE #1 – Don’t Drink The Kool-Aid
RULE #2 – Avoid the Networking Trap
RULE #3 – Temper Everything with Scripture
I’ll tip my hand a little bit – I think the Bible is the most reliable, relevant, sufficient, clear, authoritative, inspired, inerrant and important book in the world. Ever written. For all time. So there’s my hand.*
In Seminary, if we do not allow the Scritptures to frame the thoughts and ideas we have and are learning, then why are we in Seminary? I remember a professor lifting up one of our books for the semester and then lifting his Bible and said, “Don’t let these books keep you from THE BOOK (Bible).” Solid advice.
But how do you ‘temper everything with Scripture?’ Well, when you hear an idea or disagree with an idea, argue from a basis of reflection in and of the Scriptures. Let the Scriptures inform your positions, rather than your presuppositions forming your positions. The Bible is the greatest source for transcendent ideas on a variety of subjects (ethics, philosophy, theology, etc), specifically in regards to salvation and the equipping of every good work (2 Timothy 3:15-17). Now, I want to be clear, the Scriptures aren’t the only thing we need to live obediently, but it is sufficient – especially for salvation and obedience.
Thus, temper what you hear through the lens of the Bible. It will l require effort on your part, but it is effort that is worth it.*Please don’t use the comment section to debate with me on the Bible, that isn’t what this post is about. Thanks.