Email Tips: Dispensationalists Use Charts

This "tip" was originally delivered on Saturday, April 22nd, 2023 .

Some things seem to always be together: strawberries and cream, bacon and eggs, and dispensationalists and charts.

Why is drawing charts so compatible with dispensational teaching?

Here are three reasons:

  1. Timelines – Dispensational Bible study is concerned with when just as much as what. The content of the Bible spans all of human history. Seeing it all laid out in a timeline helps to quickly and clearly see the big picture of God’s purpose and where we fit.
  2. Progressive revelation – Dispensational Bible study recognizes that God did not reveal everything all at once. Further revelations gave new information unknown before. Marking when men became responsible for these instructions is important to understand the Biblical context.
  3. Dispensational distinctions – God did not always operate the same way with man throughout history. Depending on how he was unfolding his purpose, men were given different instructions and had different understanding. Comparing and contrasting these differences helps us understand what God was doing then, is doing now, and will do in the future to fulfill his purpose.

When talking about historical timelines, revelation relationship, and contextual comparisons it can get complicated fast. Drawing a chart can speak a thousand words and open eyes to see.

If you are going to teach the Bible dispensationally, you should use charts.

If you are going to learn the Bible dispensationally, you should look at charts.

Here are over 50 recorded dispensational chart lessons on our site.

For your edification,

Justin “chartographer” Johnson

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