Topic: Sunday Message Verse: 2 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20–1:21, Acts 17:10–17:12, John 14:23–14:24
Week two of a six week message series about the Protestant Reformation. We'll learn how the Bible alone is our highest authority.
THE BASICS: 5 SOLAS OF THE REFORMATION
Sola Scriptura = Scripture alone
Sola Gratis = Grace alone
Sola Fide = Faith alone
Solus Christus = Christ alone
Soli Deo Gloria = God’s Glory alone
Sola Scriptura = Scripture alone
The Bible alone is our highest authority
2 Timothy 3:16 NIV
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
2 Peter 1:20-21 NIV
20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. 21 For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
THE IMPACT OF SCRIPTURE ALONE
AUTHORITY over all - greater than words of church leaders & tradition
ACCESS for all - the Bible can & should be read by everyone
Acts 17:10-12 NIV
10 As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue. 11 Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. 12 As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.
THE BIBLE - GETTING PRACTICAL
READ IT for yourself
DISCUSS IT with others
LEARN IT over time
OBEY IT in everything
PICK ONE FOR THIS WEEK!
John 14:23-24 NIV
23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.
Unless I am convinced by the testimony of Scripture or by clear reason . . . I am bound by the Scriptures I have cited, for my conscience is captive to the Word of God. Martin Luther (April 1521)
1. What parts of the Bible have you read so far? What have you really enjoyed reading? What have you found harder to read?
2. What translations or tools have helped you get into the Bible for yourself? Which of them would you recommend to others?
3. Which statement comes closest to your view of the Bible at this point? Choose one and explain.
* The Bible was written by ancient religious people. Like other good writing, it says things that inspire me.
* The Bible contains God’s Word, but has problems and contradictions in some places.
* No question, the Bible is an important book for us, but it’s hard to know which parts apply to us today.
* I believe that the Bible alone (and nothing else) is our highest authority. Scripture alone.
4. Read 2 Timothy 3:15-16 and 2 Peter 3:16. The original word translated “Scripture/s” (graphe) in these verses refers to the writings of the Bible. How does this fact add to your understanding of the divine authority of the Old and New Testaments?
5. What questions do you have about the authority or accuracy of the Bible?
6. Which of the four applications that Pastor Dan talked about would you like to pursue more—read it for yourself, discuss it with others, learn it over time, or obey it in everything? How will you do it?