Sun, Jan 16, 2022
Teacher: Yale Wall Series: Theology 101 Scripture: & Proverbs 30:5-6
Why is understanding and teaching solid theology through study of scripture so important?
Hermeneutics comes from the Greek word for “interpretation”
Thomas Jefferson said:
Ignorance of the law is no excuse
If anyone sins and does what is forbidden in any of the Lord’s commands, even though they do not know it, they are guilty and will be held responsible.
How do we know that our understanding of scripture lines up with the original meaning of the text?
(The Wrong Way)
Eisegesis means “to lead into.” You come into scripture with a point that you want to make, or an idea that you want to prove, and you find scripture to back up what you think. This almost always leads to reading it incorrectly and distorting the meaning.
(The Right Way)
Exegesis means “to lead out of.” You are lead to the meaning of the scripture FROM the scripture and THEN apply it to your life.
3 Steps to look at:
There is a difference between the office of Pastor and the spiritual gift of pastoring. We see a pastoral gifting in Ephesians 4:11 where a person is gifted in walking with people through life and shepherding them in their spiritual growth. This gifting can be given to anyone regardless of age, gender , or spiritual maturity .
We also see a calling to the Office of Pastor that we see throughout: 1/2 Timothy, Titus, Acts, 1 Peter, Ephesians, and many other places where a person is directly called by God to serve in a religious office where they lead the church. This is a much larger weight to have on your shoulders, and is reserved for men that fit this criteria:
1 Timothy 3:1-7
Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. 2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full[a] respect. 5 (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?) 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become conceited and fall under the same judgment as the devil. 7 He must also have a good reputation with outsiders, so that he will not fall into disgrace and into the devil’s trap.
6 An elder must be blameless, faithful to his wife, a man whose children believe[a] and are not open to the charge of being wild and disobedient. 7 Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. 8 Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 9 He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.
The Office of Pastor is broken up in 3 main characteristics, which are all Greek words used interchangeably to talk about this office: Elder, Overseer, and Shepherd.
Used 66 times in the New Testament, 33 times in this context.
Used 5 times in the New Testament, 4 times in this context
The New American Standard Greek Lexicon says that an overseer is:
a man charged with the duty of seeing that things to be done by others are done rightly
Used 11 times in the New Testament, 3 times in this context.
Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood.
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