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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio


This study will focus on why we believe the Bible teaches that the Bible you hold in your hand is the Word of God and directly speaks to you today.

The material primarily has come from Jon Gleason

Charles e Whisnant: I have researched the subject and added material to go along with these lessons.

The Holy Spirit by Whom believers should be God-taught does not render the Scriptures less necessary. He is not given to us in order to introduce new revelations, but to impress the written Word on our hearts; so that here the Word must never be separated from the Spirit. The former works objectively, the latter efficiently; the former strikes our ears from without, the latter opens the heart within. The Spirit is the teacher; Scripture is the doctrine which He teaches us.' Francis Turretin, Institutes of Elenctic Theology, Vol I, p.59

"The minister as the chief pastoral agent does not inject food intravenously as it were, but he provides well-prepared food for the flock. He sets it before the flock and persuades them to feed themselves as they partake of it. It is like filling the stomach with food which then must be digested and transmuted into strength and flesh and blood. Whatever is to do the soul good must pass through the stomach of the mind" (Volbeda, The Pastoral Genius of Preaching, pp. 80-81).


Bibliology: The study of what the Scriptures are and how they came to us. 
  Difficulties of Bible Translations: Part one   Parataxis and Hypotaxis: What they mean and why it matters. Mark Snoeberger                             
  1. Difficulties of Bible Translations: Part two: Preaching with an interpreter?  David Hosaflook                                                         6
2.   “Given By Inspiration”

  • Let’s start with II Timothy 3:16-17:
  • ·       16 All scripture 1124 is (given by inspiration of God2316 ), and is profitable5624 for doctrine1319, for reproof1650, for correction,1882 for instruction3809 in righteousness1343: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. l

a.    (1) The Greek Word for Inspiration: theoneusos,
b.   (2)  etymology of theopneusos
c.   (3   hapax legomenon.  2 Timothy 3:17                                        

  Given By Inspiration – theopneusos in Context           
4. Given by Inspiration – the Connotations of theopneustos     
.         5.    Three Useful Terms                                                                          
a.   (1)  Revelation 
b.   (2) Inscripturation
c.   (3) Immediate Inspiration     
   6.  Theopneustos, Context Revisited  
    7.   Copies and Translations        
8   8.   The Scriptures – Inspired or Expired        
a.   Defining theopneusos
b.   An unfortunate teaching
c.    Autographs, Amanuenses and Restricted Inspiration
d.   Where the teaching is right or wrong
e.   The inerrancy of the Autographa: Greg Bahnsen
f.    What Paul Intended: Arthur Pink
g.   Let’s put 2 Timothy 3:16 back in the Bible: Edwards Gooick

9     9.      The Scriptures: Moved by the Spirit: Part one    
1    10   The Scriptures: Moved by the Spirit: Part two: the Words 
1           11   The Scriptures: Moved by the Spirit: Pt three: Languages   
              12    The Scripture: Moved by the Spirit Pt Four: Human Writers
              13   The Scriptures: Moved by the Spirit: Summary                    
1         14    His Word Will Not Return Void – Preservation Implied      

1      15     His Word Will Not Return Void – Direct Teaching