Distinguish between the terms revelation, inspiration, and illumination.
Revelation – the communication of divine truth by God to man (Hebrews 1:1) Inspiration – how the recording of divine truth came about (2 Timothy 3:16a; 2 Peter 1:21) Illumination – the understanding of divine truth (Hebrews 4:12; 2 Timothy 3:16b)
Explain the difference between natural and special revelation
Natural Revelation- God revealing Himself through creation (Romans 1; Psalm 19:1-4)
Special Revelation- God revealing Himself through Scripture and the person of Jesus, the Living Word (2 Timothy 3:16, Hebrews 4:12; Hebrews 1:2,)
What is the relationship between Scripture and divine guidance
Scripture is the divine and only rule of Christian faith and practice (2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 4:12)
What does the term "scriptural inerrancy" mean to you
Inerrant means “incapable of being wrong”. God’s word as originally given, is incapable of ever being wrong and will remain thus for eternity.
Psalm 19:7-8 tells us that, “The law of the Lord is perfect…"
Isaiah 40:8 says, “the grass withers and the flower fades but the word of our God stands forever.”
Explain how Scripture is relevant to the average person in your church.
II Timothy 3:16-17 says that Scripture “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness”. It also tells us that Scripture has been given to us so “that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work”. The Bible is our complete authority by which we may understand the principles by which we should live.
What is the biblical basis for the doctrine of the Trinity, the belief that God exists "in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit"?
All three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are called God. (Eph. 4:6; John 1:1; Acts 5) Furthermore all three are seen working together. In Matthew 28:19 Jesus commands us to “make disciples…baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
Jesus also said that he and the Father are one (John 17:22). Therefore, we must conclude that God is one God and that he exists eternally in three persons.