Here at the Bible Student Hub we first and foremost point to free Bible Study resources available to all on the World Wide Web, see the Bible Study Start Page. Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) has many Free Resources so we do give space to DTS. PocketBible by Laridian Bible Software is my go-to personal Study Bible. It is Free, with the barest of resources. It is pretty easy to expand and is affordable over time with promotions. I have Logos Bible Software as well and use it for class work. It to is Free, with the barest of resources.
A collection of 9 volumes from Lewis Sperry Chafer, including his very significant Major Bible Themes — an exploration of the major doctrines of the Bible that would become the foundation of his later Systematic Theology. Extensively cross-referenced, Chafer attempted to allow Scripture speak for itself. He frequently reminds the reader to read the Scriptures he references rather than blindly trust him to interpret and apply those Scriptures on the reader’s behalf.
Lewis Sperry Chafer (1871-1952) was an American theologian. He founded and served as the first president of Dallas Theological Seminary, and was an influential proponent of Dispensationalism in the early 20th century.
He was born in Rock Creek, Ohio. While growing up he developed a talent for music and choir.
From 1889 to 1891, Chafer attended Oberlin College. Chafer quit his studies at Oberlin to work with YMCA evangelist, Arthur T. Reed of Ohio. He and his wife formed a traveling evangelistic music ministry, he singing or preaching and she playing the organ.
Chafer was ordained in 1900 by a Council of Congregational Ministers. In 1903 he ministered as an evangelist in Massachusetts and became associated with the ministry of Cyrus Scofield, who became his mentor.
During this early period, Chafer began writing and developing his theology. He taught Bible classes and music at the Mount Hermon School for Boys from 1906 to 1910. He aided Scofield in establishing the Philadelphia School of the Bible in 1913. From 1923 to 1925, he served as general secretary of the Central American Mission.
When Scofield died in 1921, Chafer moved to Dallas, Texas to pastor the First Congregational Church of Dallas where Scofield had ministered. Then, in 1924, Chafer and his friend William Henry Griffith Thomas realized their vision of a simple, Bible-teaching theological seminary and founded Dallas Theological Seminary (originally Evangelical Theological College). Chafer served as president of the seminary and professor of Systematic Theology from 1924 until his death in 1952.
During his life, Chafer received three honorary doctorates: Doctor of Divinity from Wheaton in 1926, Doctor of Letters from Dallas in 1942, and Doctor of Theology from the Aix-en-Province, France, Protestant Seminary in 1946.
Chafer had a tremendous influence on the evangelical movement. Among his students were Kenneth N. Taylor, Howard Hendricks, J. Dwight Pentecost, Charles Caldwell Ryrie, J. Vernon McGee, and John Walvoord (who succeeded him as president of DTS).
Chafer is widely recognized as one of the founders of modern Dispensationalism. While he opposed to covenant theology, he did not reject the idea of a covenant of redemption, covenant of works, and covenant of grace. He affirmed all three along with the Edenic, Adamic, Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Palestinian, Davidic, and New Covenant. He was a premillennial, pretribulational dispensationalist. His overall theology could be generally described as based on the inductive study of the entire Bible, having similarities to John Nelson Darby of the Plymouth Brethren, moderate Calvinism (rejected limited atonement), a mild form of Keswick Theology on Sanctification, and Presbyterianism, all of these tempered with a focus on spirituality based on simple Bible study and living.
I purchased this collection, witch doesn’t contain Systematic Theology, and began reading Major Bible Themes. Note: The books in this collection are in Public Domain and can be found Here for free. The PocketBible version fits in my personal Study Bible. Systematic Theology is not in Public Domain or available for PocketBible but is available for Logos Bible Software.
I wanted to share this from the Author’s Introduction…
Although the writer presumably has made a careful study of the various Subjects treated, it is not his prerogative to dictate what another shall believe; but rather to point out what the Bible teaches. Faith should always rest on a personal understanding of the Scriptures, rather than on the teaching of men.
Bible doctrines are the bones of revelation and the attentive Bible student must be impressed with the New Testament emphasis on “sound doctrine” (Mt 7:28; Jn 7:16,17; Ac 2:42; Ro 6:17; Ep 4:14; 1Ti 1:3; 4:6,16; 6:1; 2Ti 3:10,16; 4:2-3; 2Jn 9-10). Not knowing the doctrines of the Bible, the child of God will be, even when sincere, “tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive”; the many well-meaning believers who are drawn into modern cults and heresies being sufficient proof. On the other hand, the divine purpose is that the servant of Christ shall be fully equipped to “preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”
These chapters are released with the prayer that they may honor Him whose glory and grace are supreme, and that some among the children of God may be helped more accurately “to speak the things which become sound doctrine.” –Lewis Sperry Chafer
Dr. Chafer said, better than I, how I feel about Bible Doctrine and my intentions herein so I was compelled to share his words with you resulting in this post.
Dave the Bible student