Bibliology and Church Growth
The insight I gain from researching the Bibliology is that it tells about the word of God its true meaning that goes beyond what just we read but it talks about the application of what we have read and understand. It analyzes the confusion that runs in our mind while reading the word of God. It asks something what was in the bible and is it really true. It will teach to understand deeper how God used the personalities and styles of the human authors of Scripture and still produced His Word – exactly what He wanted to be said. Bibliology enables us to know why other books were excluded from the Bible.
An example of question in Bibliology is that “Is the Bible truly God’s Word? The answer to this question will not only determine how we view the Bible and its importance to our lives, but it will ultimately have an eternal impact on us. If the Bible is truly God’s Word, then we should cherish it, study it, obey it, and ultimately trust it. If the Bible is the Word of God then to dismiss it is to dismiss God Himself.
The fact that God gave us the Bible is an evidence and illustration of His love for us. The term “revelation” simply means that God communicated to mankind what He is like and how we can have a right relationship with Him. These are things that we could not have known had not God divinely revealed them to us in the Bible. (White, 2004)
In order to answer these questions we must look at both the internal and external evidences that the Bible is truly God’s Word. The internal evidences are those things internal to the Bible itself that testify of its divine origin. One of the first internal evidences that the Bible is truly God’s Word is seen in its unity. Even though it is really sixty-six individual books, written on three continents, in three different languages, over a period of approximately 1500 years, by more that 40 authors (who came from many walks of life), the Bible remains one unified book from beginning to end without contradiction. This unity is unique from all other books and is evidence of the divine origin of the words as God moved men in such a way that they recorded His very words. (White, 2004)
That’s how the Bibliology works. Learning and understanding the true meaning not just what we have read but the inquisitive of the mind that arose to understand the passage of the bible and the existence of his words as the living God.
I have read many books on church growth. Many of the available books on church growth contain great ideas and great principles. Most of them relate the story and principles that led to phenomenal numerical growth in a specific church. It is inferred in all of the books that if other churches copy these principles, they too will experience this kind of growth. One of the main problems with this is that no two churches are identical. (McGAVRAN, 1973). While some principles from these “successful” churches might be applicable and adaptable to our setting, what works in one church might not work in another. And none of these previously published strategies work in every church of every size and in all locations. (Hiebert, 1983)
The church grows by gaining members from the problems of other churches; it is just a matter of time before this new church fails as well. Neither pastor did anything special or anything wrong. The first just happened to be at the right place at the right time, and didn’t stick around long enough for the sky to fall. (Myers, 2004)
I have also learned that the church grow because of the Bible, the Holy Scriptures and the Word of God. This book tells us to neither love the world nor the things in the world. Instead of giving people what they want to hear, this book tells us to teach what God wants people to hear. Instead of being program oriented this book tells us to be people and ministry oriented. The church grows because of the leader that bases their principles on the Word of God. Most of them are based on experiences and worldly marketing techniques, opinion surveys and the like. I have learned that growing God’s church in God’s way; is doing things according to God’s Word.
This insight I learned just base from the surface lateral meaning. However, the is a deeper insight I learned that the church growth in not just about the people transferring from one church to another or the big building and the funds they have but it is a body or a family. It talks about the healthiness of any family is measured by the spiritual, physical, relational and emotional qualities exhibited within that family. Many families choose to keep the number of their children low, just so that they can be healthy.
I learned that when determining church growth and church health, numbers do not matter. The church grows because the church is not made up of numbers. Church growth is teaching and training the people who are in the church to become what God wants them to be so they can do what God wants them to do. Therefore, church growth happens, not when numbers increase, but when believers mature in the faith. Church growth is about growing people.
Finally I can say that believing and understand the words of God and seeking the impact on his words to our life and living what we read putting it in our heart and asking yourself if you’re now growing in the knowledge of God (Col. 1:10; 2 Peter 3:18) and their salvation (2 Peter 2:2 learned more about God, His Word and His ways. Being obedient to what they have learned (Jas. 1:22-23)? And an increasing desire to study and apply God’s Word (2 Tim. 2:15) are some insight that I learned from researching bibliopoly and church growth.
HIEBERT, Paul G.(1983). “Missions and the Renewal of the Church,” Exploring Church Growth. Grand Rapids, Eerdmans.
McGAVRAN, Donald A.(1973).How to Grow a Church. With Win Arn. Ventura, Regal.December 16,2006.
Myers, Jeremy(2004). Speaking to the Architect. December 16, 2006, from http://www.tillhecomes.org/Other%20Writings/Church%20Growth.htm
White, James (2004). What is Bibliology? December 16, 2006, from C:Documents and SettingsPentium DDesktopWhat is Bibliology.htm