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Statement of Purpose Exposition & Bible Study Statement of Purpose

Discussion in 'Exposition & Bible Study' started by FreeinChrist, Jun 11, 2017.

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  1. FreeinChrist

    FreeinChrist CF Advisory team Staff Member Site Advisor Supporter

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    Statement of Purpose for Exposition and Bible Study

    The focus of the Exposition and Bible study forum is the interpretation and explanation (exegesis) of Bible books, chapters or verses. What this entails is that scripture is provided with your explanation of the scripture for discussion and study.

    All member's who participate in Exposition and Bible Study are self-identified Christians through adherence to the Christian Forums' Statement of Faith and the Trinitarian nature of God. It is expected that people who post in Exposition and Bible Study will respect all members of the Christian faith. Scriptural discussions and interpretations can at times become heated, so please remember to keep your emotions in check and your responses in line with our sitewide rules and the following guidelines.

    Guidelines for Posting in Exposition and Bible Study

    • Always remember that you are first and foremost brothers and sisters in Christ, regardless of your theological differences and viewpoints.
    • Do not identify a group of members or a theological viewpoint with a derogatory or inflammatory label.
    • NT writers' teachings do not contradict each other or the teachings of Christ. (2 Peter 3:15,16)
    • Do not teach or promote sinless perfectionism.
    • It is considered off topic to challenge Paul's place as an Apostle.
    • When speaking about well-known, revered and highly regarded past or present leaders, theologians, saints (living or deceased) of other Nicene Christian denominations, please show a measure of respect. These public religious figures are respected by the members who belong to those denominations. Please avoid using inflammatory words or phrases in reference to these public religious figures.
    • It is permissible to discuss biblical/historical topics that may include inflammatory words or phrases as long as the usage of these words does not specifically flame any CF recognized Nicene group or denomination or insinuate that they are not Christians. Please use these words and phrases with caution.
    • Examples of inflammatory words/phrases (including but not limited to): idolaters, false/different/other gospel, false prophet, false doctrine, heretics, blasphemers, evil, sheep in wolves clothing, different God, antichrists, Antichrist, cannibalism/cannibal (concerning Eucharist), Judaizer.

    Handling Disagreements

    Members who participate in the Exposition and Bible Study forum are expected to treat one another with courtesy and respect at all times, ESPECIALLY when you disagree with each other. It is not a flame for a member to disagree with another member's argument or opinion on a specific topic.
    • When you disagree, address the content of the post and not the poster.
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