2015 Shepherds’ Conference (Day Three)

11025953_10205935546054140_7216709272944882813_nOne of the difficulties in a summit on inerrancy is the need to be clear about what we are affirming. Traditionally within the inerrancy debate a middle ground position has been what has wrongly called infallibility. Infallibility has often wrongly been understood as a limited form of inerrancy. While the term is hopelessly lost in confusion by now, it is valuable to remember that the real definition of infallibility is actually stronger than that of inerrancy. While inerrancy means that the text is without errors, infallibility actually means that the text cannot fail. It means that it is impossible for the text to fail or to err in any way. While even a newspaper article can be said to be inerrant (free from errors), only the Scripture is truly infallible.

11041775_10205935441851535_7673217055841048997_nWe were blessed again this morning to have Fernando Ortega leading us in worship. Followed by a powerful sermon by Steve Lawson. Lawson’s message was titled the Invincible Power of the Inerrant Word. The message was comprised of seven symbols of Sacred Scripture: 1) A Sword that Pierces – Hebrews 4:12-13, 2) A Mirror that Reveals – James 1:23, 3) A Seed that Reproduces – 1 Peter 1:23, 4) Milk that Nourishes – 1 Peter 2:2, 5) A Lamp that Shines – Psalm 119:105, 6) A Fire that Consumes – Jeremiah 23:29, 7) A Rock that Shatters – Jeremiah 23:29. Lawson has always been a favorite preacher of mine, but this morning was an especially powerful message. I was in the Family Worship Center where the message was being broadcast. At one point the audio feed failed (they’ve had quite a few technical difficulties this week) and the entire room audibly groaned because they were so engaged in what Lawson was saying. You can read Busenitz liveblog here.

11027501_10205935441811534_1087936623694792518_nThe second session of the day was with Dr. Greg Beale and was titled “The Use of Hosea 11:1 in Matthew 2:15”. It was a much more technical / academic treatment that I found thoroughly riveting…although I’m afraid it may have been a little much for those not accustomed with the academic nature of the discussion. Beale’s basic answer to the difficulty of Matthew’s use of Hosea is that Matthew is actually alluding to Hosea in this passage, not looking to Hosea as a direct fulfillment. Beale’s argument pressed this point even further by demonstrating how well versed Matthew was in Hosea’s writing and how thoroughly appropriate his citation of Hosea 11:1 is at Matthew 2:15. You can read Busenitz liveblog here.

The last session of the day was with Dr. Mohler who preached on Inerrancy & Hermeneutics. Mohler listed 12 hermeneutical principles for those who believe in inerrancy: 1) When the Bible speaks God speaks, 2) The Bible establishes the limits of its interpretation, 3) The importance of the analogy of faith, 4) Grammar matters, 5) The canon establishes the limits of God’s revelation, 6) The forms of literature are essential as the author intended, 7) No external authority can correct the Bible, 8) The historical claims of the Bible are historically true, 9) The Bible is a story that consists of many stories, 10) The Bible is true in all it claims and all of its promises will come to pass, 11) Our understanding is dependent on the Holy Spirit, 12) Study is not an end in itself. The message was classic Mohler and was profoundly helpful. You can read Busenitz liveblog here.

11046769_10205935441771533_5098416672033949393_nIn other news, I’ve really enjoyed running into old friends and new friends here at the conference. I got to spend a lot of time with the men from Emmanuel Baptist (so excited that they’re still coming to the Shepherds’ Conference) and I actually ran into my High School Youth Pastor and got to catch up with him as well. Finally, Grace Community has added a coffee shop to their campus (see photo), which serves some delicious coffee!

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March 05 2015 10:16 pm | Shepherds' Conference

3 Responses to “2015 Shepherds’ Conference (Day Three)”

  1. Adrienne on 06 Mar 2015 at 2:54 am #

    Its hard to imagine Dr. Lawson outdoing previous messages but I am excited to hear the recording. Thanks again for sharing your daily update!

  2. Dave on 06 Mar 2015 at 7:30 am #

    Thanks for your blogging to help us that are able to go! any way possible to get the books from the conference?

  3. Drew on 06 Mar 2015 at 2:18 pm #

    Hey Dave, yeah I put the list of books in the first post towards the bottom. All of the books are geared towards Inerrancy.