Introduction: God’s truth is only “the truth” if it is correctly interpreted. Most heretical teaching is based on gross misinterpretation of scripture, or by adding extra-Biblical writings, philosophies and teachings that are held to be equally authoritative. We know that heresies are a problem with churches that consider themselves to be “Christian.” Furthermore, Jesus and the early apostles warned us that this will be a continuing issue in the Body of Christ.
2 Timothy 2:15 (ESV) 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Three takeaways from this verse:
The Importance of getting it right: The Apostle Paul stated that doctrine (what you believe) is a matter of salvation; that teaching the right doctrine “will save both yourself and those who hear you.” (1 Timothy 4:16)
In 2 Timothy, chapter 3, Paul talks about the “terrible” times that will occur in the end times. One of the signs is the rise of false teachers, who oppose the truth and cannot find the truth.
Hermeneutics: Biblical hermeneutics is the science of interpreting texts in the Bible. Biblical Hermeneutics is a system of rules and principles that guide and guard our approach in interpreting scripture. Here is a layman’s list of Hermeneutic laws:
Questions to Consider: (Please think about the answers and be prepared to discuss at the next Core Group Meeting)