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When we talk about the future, there’s usually a mix of fear and fascination. In this episode of the Pinnacle Leaders Podcast, you’ll get a sneak peek into our newest course on eschatology from Christian Life School of Theology Global. Dr. Ian Bond explains the difference between biblical theology and systematic theology as they apply to the study of end times. Learn how the biblical theology approach seeks to understand scripture in its original context.
TODAY’S GUEST: DR. IAN BOND
Dr. Ian Bond serves as Executive Director of the International Center at the Technical College System of Georgia in Atlanta. He is also President of Teach the Nations, Inc., a faith-based educational and humanitarian NGO, and an ordained minister with Evangel Fellowship International. During his career spanning more than 30 years, Dr. Bond has gained extensive experience as an entrepreneur, educator, author, pastor, motivational speaker and television talk-show host.
Declaration about future events is a major feature of the Bible, which claims to contain the words of God. There are several approaches to the study of scripture, one of which is biblical theology. This methodology is exegetical in nature, and it seeks to understand the writers' intentions for their particular audience and setting. Systematic theology, on the other hand, attempts to correlate all the scriptures in order to arrive at an overarching, unified truth. While there certainly is a place for systematic theology, we must be careful not to skip over the bridge discipline of biblical theology, especially in the study of end times.
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QUOTES & SCRIPTURE TO REMEMBER
- "The Bible is meant to be taken at face value and taken seriously, and when it is, a clear picture emerges." - Dr. Ian Bond
- “Biblical theology is very comfortable in leaving plenty of loose ends and unanswered questions. Systematic theology wants to tie all those loose ends together and answer all the questions, and so ends up imposing an artificial perspective on the scripture that doesn’t naturally come out by exegesis.” - Dr. Ian Bond
- Biblical theology is "the study of the Bible that seeks to discover what the biblical writers, under divine guidance, believed, described and taught in the context of their own times.” - Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology
- “General eschatology is the study of certain major events that will affect the entire universe, including the second coming of Christ.” - Dr. Ian Bond