Seeing Christ in All of Scripture: Hermeneutics at Westminster Theological Seminary, edited by Peter A. Lillback with contributions from Poythress, Duguid, Beale, and Gaffin, Westminster Theological Seminary. Complete book in pdf format.
What can we know about God from "general revelation" (that is, through nature)? What do we learn about God from the Old and New Testaments that we can't know from nature? When Paul refers to the "Holy Scriptures" in 2 Timothy 3.15, what exactly is he referring to? In what ways does the Old Testament point to and prepare us for Jesus? How does Jesus help us understand the Old Testament?
The word translated God-breathed in 2 Timothy 3.16 is a word that seems to have been invented by the Apostle Paul. It is sometimes translated by the English word inspired. What do most people mean when they say that an author, composer, performer, or athlete was "inspired"? Is this what Paul means and, if not, how is it different? What point is Paul making when he calls scripture God-breathed? Have you ever felt that God was speaking to you directly, when you were reading the Bible, in a Bible Study group, or hearing a message in church? In what way does that experience confirm that the Bible is the "God-breathed, living Word of God?"
Use the following questions, based on 2 Timothy 3.16-17, as a way of better understanding and applying what you read in the Bible: (1) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching. As I read a passage, what does God want me to know and believe? (2) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for rebuking. As I read a passage, what mistaken beliefs or errors in understanding does God want to challenge and set right? (3) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for correcting. As I read a passage, what habits or behaviors does God want me to change? (4) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for training in righteousness so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. As I read a passage, how does it contribute to my spiritual maturity and equip me to serve God and others?