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So you're reading the Bible. But what if someone disagrees with your interpretation?

Key Points:

  • What’s your interpretation? We have to determine where people are coming from when they chalk up a theological point to “just one interpretation over another.”
  • Affirm the basic clarity of scripture. God’s word is clear on the important points we need to know about salvation and how to live as Christians (Psalm 19:7-8).
  • Turn to trustworthy interpreters. There is a lot of weight to our doctrines when we can show that many great Christian thinkers and interpreters understood the scripture as we do today.

Quote This:

In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity. -Rupertus Meldenius

See Also: Bible Interpretation, Church History

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. What are some things you’ve heard Christians disagree over in the past?
  3. What do you think are legitimate points of disagreement between Christians, if any?
  4. Do you think it is a “bad witness” to non-Christians for Christians to be in disagreement on some matters? Why or why not?
  5. Read Psalm 19:7-8. Do you agree that God’s word is clear on the most substantial matters of Christian faith and life? Why or why not?
  6. Do you agree that we should bring in history/past theologians and leaders to better understand our own interpretations? Why or why not?
  7. What would you describe as the “non-negotiable” or “essential” doctrines of the Christian faith? Why do you rank these as more important than other, lesser matters?
  8. Why is it important for Christians to remain charitable to one another despite disagreements over certain doctrines (Romans 14)?
  9. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.