Understanding of the Old and New Testaments and biblical interpretation

Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the Scripture, commitment to its authority as the Word of God, and insight in its interpretation.

The candidate shall

  • articulate an understanding of biblical authority consistent with the doctrinal Standards of the RCA.
  • exhibit a general knowledge of the content of the 66 books and specific knowledge of key biblical doctrines necessary for faith and practice.
  • believe in and practice interpretive skills from an historical, evangelical and Reformed point of view. These include knowing and using the historical and literary context, the grasp of OT & NT theology, and the ability to faithfully apply the Scriptures to the needs and hopes of humanity.
  • demonstrate the ability to use Scripture effectively in preaching, teaching, pastoral care and evangelism.