Truth and Life: Doctrinal and Ethical Notes on the Bible grew out of a study that I did with several men over a period of three-and-a-half years. We asked two questions of each passage:
What does it say about the usual topics discussed in books on systematic theology (such as the doctrines of revelation, God, Christ, man, sin, salvation, God’s people, and “the last things”)?
What does it say about how we should live? That is, what does it say about what is usually called “Christian ethics”?
As time went on, I discovered that this way of looking at the Bible was quite helpful for me, since it required me to look closely at the biblical text and to search it carefully for teachings not only on doctrine – that is, general “truth” – but also on the application of doctrine to daily life.
Thus, the title: “Truth and Life.” Of course, all that the Bible says is true, and all of it bears upon life. Indeed, Jesus said, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.”
We cannot separate doctrine from our proper response to it.
Truth and Life: Doctrinal and Ethical Notes on the Bible
A close look at the Bible, searching for teachings not only on doctrine – that is, general “truth” – but also on the application of doctrine to daily life.
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