Dave Jenkins is happily married to Sarah Jenkins. He is a writer, editor, and speaker living in beautiful Southern Oregon. Dave is a lover of Christ, His people, the Church, and sound theology. He serves as the Executive Director of Servants of Grace Ministries, the Executive Editor of Theology for Life Magazine, and is the Host of the Equipping You in Grace Podcast. He is the author of The Word Explored: The Problem of Biblical Illiteracy and What To Do About It (House to House, 2021) and The Word Matters: Defending Biblical Authority Against the Spirit of the Age (G3 Press, 2022). You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Parler, Truth Social, Youtube, or read his newsletter. Dave loves to spend time with his wife, going to movies, eating at a nice restaurant, or going out for a round of golf with a good friend. He is also a voracious reader, in particular of Reformed theology, and the Puritans. You will often find him when he’s not busy with ministry reading a pile of the latest books from a wide variety of Christian publishers. Dave received his M.A.R. and M.Div through Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.
Q&A with Dave Jenkins
Evan: When did you start writing?
Dave: I started writing at the age of 17. First, it was in my journal, and close friends began noticing that I was quite reflective in my theological engagement with others. I was asked if I was a writer around that same time, but the truth is, I wasn’t a very good writer at the age of 17. The idea came to my mind to start writing devotionals for my friends, so I got a collection of my friend’s email addresses and started writing them a weekly devotional. That grew by God’s grace. By the time I graduated from high school in June 2000 at 19, I had quite a few email addresses and started an email list that grew into Servants of Grace. Twenty-two years later, we reach over 100+ countries every month, have a magazine, 300+ writers from all over the world, and multiple podcasts.
Evan: What led to you writing this book?
Dave: In reflection, the research for this book started back in high school before I even wrote down thoughts that would culminate in writing this book. In high school, I began seeing friends come back from Bible college and seminary as an upperclassman, struggling in their faith. I had already started to dig deep into the Bible, theology, and church history at this time and was learning so much about theology and Scripture. Around this time, I also studied philosophy at a secular college in the Seattle, Washington, area for a few years. In Bible college and seminary, and outside of formal education, I’ve seen attacks on the Bible increase in the Church and outside of it. So, I’ve written The Word Matters: Defending the Bible Against the Spirit of the Age for the average person in the pew who may not know what the doctrine of Scripture is, how the Bible presents itself, and what the Church has taught about Scripture. I also have a dual purpose of equipping the average Christian in the pew on how the Bible is under attack. So, I aim in my book to inform, educate, and equip the average Christian to stand on the Bible without fear and compromise with the Scripture and the church’s teaching on various topics.
Evan: How can Christians stand against the spirit of the age with the authority of God’s Word?
Dave: We take people back to the Scripture and help them learn to read, study, meditate, memorize, and apply Scripture. Then we need to help them see the need for the corporate reading of God’s Word, what an expository sermon is, how to listen to one, the marks of a good expository sermon, doing life with one another, and more. We also need to equip people to understand that there are unbiblical modes of interpretation and that not all have the same aim and idea as in biblical interpretation.
The Bible is its best defense, and Scripture teaches, as I show in The Word Matters, how it is the inspired, inerrant, infallible, sufficient, clear, and binding Word. In biblical interpretation, we aim to help people understand what the text means in context, what the verse under consideration means, how it fits within the redemptive-historical lens of the Bible, how theology in the text relates to our times, and more. But our convictions about the Bible matter, so having the proper foundation, like when building a house, is vital, especially when we are talking about coming to God’s inspired, inerrant, infallible, sufficient, clear, and binding Word! So, we need to take people back to the Bible with the right convictions about the Bible because those convictions drive and affect how we will interpret the biblical text. This will help us to stand against the spirit of the age.
Evan: What has encouraged you in recent days in Evangelicalism?
Dave: Over the past year, I’ve been more vocal on my podcast, Equipping You in Grace, and social media about various analytical tools that undermine Scripture. During this time, I regularly hear people thanking me for standing up and speaking out. I’ve been very encouraged by these responses to my podcasts and social media. I’m encouraged because people are waking up to how the Scripture is under attack. Specifically, I’m encouraged by Christians rejecting analytical tools that undermine a biblical hermeneutic because the foundation for unbiblical interpretation of Scripture is faulty. I’m encouraged by the many Christians speaking up against Christians engaging in Yoga, the Enneagram, the New Apostolic Reformation, intersectionality, critical race theory, and more. These attacks reveal what people think about the Bible. The Bible presents both its own worldview and life view in that the Bible tells us about Creation and how God made the world.
Scripture tells us about the Fall of man and how we are sinners by nature and choice. It tells us about redemption; the Bible tells us the gospel message from Genesis 3:15 to the end of Revelation centered on the person and work of Jesus. And finally, the Bible tells us about the culmination of the story, Christ returns for His people to establish His Kingdom fully and forever, and how He will judge the living and the dead those who refuse to repent and believe in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
While we wait “between the times,” we Christians must be faithful to Christ and stand on God’s Word. We are to serve in our churches. I’m encouraged by those who desire to be faithful to the Word, faithful to Christ, steadfast in serving the local church, and faithful in exposing error and equipping the saints. Further, I’m encouraged by how many Christians desire to be faithful to a biblical worldview and to see and live their life from a biblical worldview.
Evan: What would you hope that readers will get from your work?
Dave: I’m hoping Christians will learn both what the Bible teaches about itself and what the Church has taught about the Bible. I’m also hoping my book will encourage Christians that there are good answers to their questions and that they don’t have to be afraid to ask their pastor or seasoned Christians good questions about Scripture. Questions though it needs to be said reveal what we think about the Bible, so we need to have a good foundation of what the Bible is, and what it aims to do so we will rightly read and interpret the Bible for what it says and not what we want it to say. Only then can we ask good questions of the biblical text with the right biblical foundations for what Scripture is.
Evan: Any other thoughts?
Dave: My last thought would be that I want to encourage Christians that there are good answers, as I mentioned to their questions. We need to dig into our Bibles and read them. As we look out over church history, the men, and women the Lord has used the most are those who dug deep in the treasure in the Word of God. To be faithful to Christ, to know and grow in Him, we must grow in our knowledge and handling of the Word (2 Timothy 2:15). Every Christian should want to grow in Christ. We are commanded to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus (2 Peter 3:18). As Christians, we are to grow in godliness for usefulness to Christ. Our growth in Christ and our service to God are linked in Scripture to help us be effective and faithful servants of Christ. No matter your influence or how many people you reach every month, whether on the internet or in person, what matters is you are growing in Christ yourself, dear Christian. It matters whether you are being faithful to Christ no matter what your influence is or what station in ministry the Lord has placed you in. Grow in the Word, grow in grace, and serve Him faithfully in the place He has placed you inside your local church and outside of it for His glory.
Thank you Dave for the Q&A! To purchase a copy of The Word Matters, click here.