“Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile an account of the things accomplished among us, just as those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word have handed them down to us, it seemed fitting for me as well, having investigated everything carefully from the beginning, to write it out for you in consecutive order, most excellent Theophilus; so that you might know the exact truth about the things you have been taught (Luke 1:1-4).”
Grace Redeemer Bible Church emphasizes a sound theology based on verse by verse contextual study using the historical, grammatical method of interpretation. The foundation for Bible interpretation is Bible history together with its original languages and grammar communicated in its own time. The entire Bible was written in an historical context that provides a beginning and yet also looks forward to its prophetic end so that its significance and meaning is readily accessible and available through a diligent study of the Word of God.
Typically, the academic world has tried to use history against Christianity to prove that truth is all relative to certain historical and cultural contexts, and that it also evolves over time, and is, therefore, not fixed. However, with great irony, the Bible teaches exactly the opposite precisely because it places truth within the confines of its own historical narrative as God progressively reveals Himself at certain times and specific places with real words and real events. In other words, the Bible teaches historical dogmatism by freezing its revealed truth in the past so that it is impossible for it to evolve or be changed by the speculations, conjectures, philosophies, and various mystical belief of men. Biblical history actually places many parameters on what is to be believed, and also makes truth very concrete, specific, real, personal, and substantive.
“What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we beheld and our hands handled, concerning the Word of Life — and the life was manifested, and we have seen and bear witness and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us — what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, that you also may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. And these things we write, so that our joy may be made complete (1 John 1:1-4).”