What Is an “Evangelical” Dogmatics of Scripture? Here’s a Framework
Several years ago, Oliver Crisp and Fred Sanders conceived of an annual conference discussing and explicating Christian doctrine, one that was self-consciously ecumenical and sought to resource contemporary systematic theology. The result was the Los Angeles Theology Conference (LATC).
Earlier this year, the fourth annual gathering was framed by this question:
How does the voice of God come to us in the text of Scripture?
The result was The Voice of God in the Text of Scripture, a series of illuminating, constructive essays exploring the ways God speaks through the biblical text. Of this unique text Crisp and Sanders write,
we stand before a theological claim of the first order, and one of the right responses is to develop a doctrine…
Wayne Grudem: “The Bible is enough.”
Is the Bible enough for knowing what God wants us to believe and what he wants us to do?
The sufficiency of Scripture means that:
it contains all the words of God he intended his people to have in each stage of redemptive history, and it now contains everything we need God to tell us for salvation, for trusting him perfectly, and for obeying him perfectly.
Scripture contains everything we need for salvation.
In 2 Timothy 3:15, Paul says that Scripture is “able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.”
Paul goes on to write about Scripture containing everything we need to live the Christian life. Paul goes on to…