Beyond Chapter and Verse
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Beyond Chapter and Verse

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Do you struggle to connect the dots between the Bible and your life? While Christians instinctively want to apply Scripture, we encounter difficulties that can discourage us and diminish our engagement with God's Word. Indeed, biblical application has suffered in various ways in the church--everything from neglect to abuse to contempt.
Responding to such challenges, Beyond Chapter and Verse provides a biblically based rationale for the practice of application and then proposes a biblically consistent method for application. The book is substantive but accessible, relevant for believers generally as well as preachers. It begins by sketching the broad theological context of Bible application, relating it to the gospel generally and to sanctification specifically. The heart of the study then synthesizes key Old and New Testament passages relative to the process of application. Building on this foundation, the book sets forth a sensible approach for arriving at legitimate applications of Scripture. A rich assortment of positive and negative case studies illustrates the method, motivating believers to apply the Scriptures for themselves.

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Published 28 February 2018
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“Many Christians have a problem with the Christian life. For some, Christianity is just a set of beliefs, and for others a rigid set of stand-ards. There is in the gospel a dynamic to energize and guide life along the proper paths. God has given his Word to point his people to the way of piety. Casillas has charted a course showing how the truths of the Bible must translate to life. He effectively shows that Christianity is not just a religion; it is a way of life.” MICHAEL P. V. BARRETT, Vice-President for Academic Af-fairs, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary “How can an ancient book like the Bible guide us through the com-plexities of contemporary life? This is the question that Ken Casillas answers, and he does a fine job. This is an unusual book, and one that is unusually insightful. Casillas challenged my thinking and he fed my soul.” KEVIN BAUDER, Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Central Baptist Theological Seminary, Minneapolis “Casillas wrote this book with the heart of a pastor and with the biblically based conviction that Christ saves believers not only from God’s wrath but in order that we may increasingly image God’s ho-liness. Beyond Chapter and Verse supplies Christians with a theological framework and method for applying Scripture to our everyday lives. He suggests that our interpretive quest is to distin-guish the timebound elements from the timeless truths, and he supplies a host of Old and New Testament examples that model an approach to Scripture that takes seriously the power of the gospel to save—past, present, and future. He helpfully distinguishes his ap-proach from legalism, defines Christian liberty, and saturates his discussion with rich and careful biblical exposition. This thoroughly researched book is worshipful and will help those of us in Christ become more who we already are and who Christ saved us to be.” ––JASON S. DeROUCHIE,Professor of Old Testament and Bib-lical Theology, Bethlehem College and Seminary “Many of our problems in the Christian life are problems of how to ‘apply’ Scripture to ourselves. Ken Casillas helps us with a compre-hensive study of the nature of application, including many specific
examples. He shows how biblical writers themselves apply God’s Word, and how we, in turn, ought to do it. The book is based on a strong view of Scripture’s authority and sufficiency, and it shows a deep insight into the real problems we face in our walk with God. Casillas is especially concerned with sanctification—the doctrine of how the Spirit and the Word conform our lives to Christ. I hope that the book will gain a wide readership and thus be a great blessing to the church.” JOHN FRAME,of Systematic Theology and Philoso- Professor phy Emeritus, Reformed Theological Seminary “If you haven’t encountered difficulties in applying the Bible, then you haven’t spent much time applying it. Walking in a manner wor-thy of the gospel can seem unrealistic or, at the very least, incredibly difficult. But there is hope. This book is an encouraging aid in con-necting the Bible with your life. These pages provide a helpful tool to joyfully and confidently build your life on God’s Word for his glory.” SAM HORN,Executive Vice President for Enrollment and Min-isterial Advancement, Bob Jones University
Beyond Chapter and Verse
Beyond Chapter and Verse: The Theolog y and Practice of Biblical Application
Ken Casillas
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Contents
Acknowledgments.........................................................................ix Abbreviations................................................................................xi
Introduction ................................................................................. 1
Part I: The Context of Biblical Application .............................. 5 Chapter 1: It’s All about the Gospel .......................................... 7 Chapter 2: Surveying Sanctification ........................................ 27 Chapter 3: Become Who You Are........................................... 39
Part II: The Necessity of Biblical Application ......................... 53 Chapter 4: The Nature of Scripture ........................................ 55 Chapter 5: The Scope of Sanctification ................................... 79
Part III: Patterns for Biblical Application ............................... 93 Chapter 6: Foundational Application Patterns ........................ 95 Chapter 7: Application Patterns in the Epistles ..................... 115
Part IV: Objections to Biblical Application .......................... 139 Chapter 8: The Sufficiency of Scripture ................................ 141 Chapter 9: The Problem of Legalism .................................... 157 Chapter 10: Christian Liberty ............................................... 173
Part V: Procedures for Biblical Application .......................... 189 Chapter 11: Moving from the Bible to Life........................... 191 Chapter 12: The Meaning of Meaning.................................. 199 Chapter 13: Assessing Implications ....................................... 227 Chapter 14: Seeking Significance .......................................... 237 Chapter 15: Moving from Life to the Bible........................... 255 Chapter 16: Work and Church ............................................. 261 Chapter 17: Ending in Song ................................................. 275 vii
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Epilogue ................................................................................... 289 Appendix: The Storyline of Scripture........................................ 295 Bibliography ............................................................................. 297
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