It's time to derive your worldview from the Bible

Rather than reading the Bible through the eyes of modern secularism, this provocative six-part course teaches you to read the Bible through its own eyes—as a record of God’s dealing with the human race. When you read it at this level, you will discover reasons to worship God in areas of life you probably never before associated with “religion.”

Framework Part 1 :: The Bible Framework Strategy

Jan 2005

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Part 1 presents the rationale for the course: why, in spite of a nearly universal consensus, post-Enlightenment thinking cannot support the essentials of civilization (e.g., ethics, logic, meaning) and why we should utilize the Bible’s own strategy of presenting itself if we want a vibrant faith.

Part 1 of the Framework is a general strategy statement published in the late 1970s that explains the rationale underlying the framework approach. It was never taught by lecture so that there are no audio files for it at this time. We hope to have an updated version available sometime in the future.

In the meantime, here is a mini-series overview that explains some of the structural rationale behind the framework. It surveys all five of the currently available parts. The series notes how exegesis, theology, and apologetics are joined together in this approach to provide a coherent, all-encompassing approach to understanding and teaching the Bible.

Additionally we're making available the “Framework Sampler”, which includes “snippets” from multiple Bible Framework classes that provide an overview of most of the biblical events from the Creation account in Genesis to the Ascension and Session of our Lord Jesus Christ. This Bible Framework Course goes into great detail concerning these events and their implications for the Christian life today. You'll get a sampling of some of those “ah ha” moments that are heavily peppered throughout the course.

To listen to Part 1 of the Framework series as a podcast, copy and paste the following URL into your podcast software:
Sat, Jan 01, 2005
by Charles Clough
Duration: 1 hr 9 mins 13 secs
Compilation of snippets from Charles Clough's 224-lesson Bible Framework series providing an overview of the course.
Fri, Jan 21, 2005
by Charles Clough
Duration: 1 hr 13 mins 26 secs
A background of the Biblical Framework way to teach God’s Word. God the Holy Spirit designed the Bible, through a narration of history, so that all history is pedagogical. We should respect the historical sequence God used to reveal His truth. There are only two basic worldviews: pagan unbelief or the biblical worldview. God has put a sense of eternity in everyone’s heart. We are accountable to God and the authority of His revelation. The weaknesses of pagan unbelief. The agenda of pagan thinking is to make the world safe from God's interference in life. Unbelief attempts to reinterpret God’s Word to make it safe. The Framework is a way of strategically enveloping unbelief. Questions and answers.
Sat, Jan 22, 2005
by Charles Clough
Duration: 51 mins 39 secs
The rationale behind the Framework (cont.). The world system has a moral agenda which is to insulate us from responsibility before our Creator. God the Holy Spirit has taught the church throughout the centuries, clarifying biblical doctrines. The pagan world, falsely, thinks faith or belief are weak forms of knowledge. That's not the Scriptural position. Faith is a response of trust to the authoritative, supreme, self-authenticating, Word of God. Language was the instrument God used to create the entire universe. God gave language to man because He wants to have a personal relationship with us. Language is distorted by agenda at work. The great addresses in Scripture concentrate on contrast, involve a range of meaning, and put things into context (God's larger plan for His creatures). This also applies to all forms of revelation (general and special). Every statement contains a series of assumptions. Christianity is a cognitive religion, not mysticism.
Sun, Jan 23, 2005
by Charles Clough
Duration: 1 hr 27 mins 19 secs
Background and structure of the Framework (cont.). The word “faith” means I know and I trust in the character of God to do what He says. The sufficiency of Scripture has been a test for the church throughout the centuries. Reality in Scripture is larger than appearance. Unbelief is filled with internal contradictions and ultimately refutes itself. The first historians were the authors of the Old Testament. They saw history as having a goal related to God’s covenant. God’s faithfulness to His promises is a matter of historical record. Unbelievers always want to rewrite history because history testifies to God. Until you understand the Creator/creature distinction, you cannot, correctly, understand the rest of Scripture. All unbelievers have to be hypocrites because, in their hearts, they know God exists, but they want to deny that He exists. The purpose (teleology) of history is to keep man conscious of God, so they’ll seek the gospel. Acts chapter 17 provides a model for how to evangelize in a pagan environment. When biblical truths are woven inside a network (the whole Word of God), unbelief can’t encompass it. God’s Word controls all of reality. Questions and answers (includes charts of key biblical events and the related doctrinal images).