Category: Authority of Scripture

The Five Solas: Part 4

The Five Solas: Part 4

Solus Christus: Through Christ Alone

Sunday, April 8, 2017

In your life what or whom do you look to for help?

Whom or what do you turn to find answers for life?

Where do you go to find eternal life?

When life’s challenges and struggles are overwhelming to what or whom do you go?

A woman caught (or set-up) in adultery turns to the only one who can and will help her.

 

John 8:2-11, p. 757

At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them.  The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group  and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.  In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?”  They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.  When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”  Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.”   At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.  Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

 “No one, sir,” she said.   “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

Facing a Treacherous Enemy who seeks your destruction (v.3-5)

Our ultimate enemy is Satan; Satan’s character is deceitful, devious and cunning as in a variety of guises he seeks to influence people for his own ends.

 

1 Peter 5:8, p. 859

“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

 

He is evil (Matthew 6:13, p. 685)

He is a liar (John 8:44, p. 758)

He is devious (2 Corinthians 11:14, p. 821)

He is scheming (Ephesians 6:11, p. 830)

He is a slanderer (Job 1:9-11, p. 360; 1 Timothy 5:14-15, p. 840)

He deceives individuals (1 Timothy 2:14, p. 839)

 

Powerless on Your Own (v.5)

Romans 3:23, p. 797

“…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” 

 

Isaiah 64:6, p. 531

“We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.” 

 

Salvation through Christ alone: Solus Christus (v7-10)

 Acts 4:12, p. 773

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” 

 

Romans 3:24-25, p. 797

“And all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.” 

 

This woman found mercy and grace in the eyes of Jesus.

This woman found redemption in the words of Jesus.

What will you find today?

 

The Five Solas: Part 1

The Five Solas: Part 1

Sola Scriptura: Authority of Scripture

Sunday, March 19, 2017

 

We live in a society of competing “truth” claims, pluralism and relativism within a post-Christian culture, and the attacks on the importance and integrity of the Bible both from within and outside today’s church.

 

What or Whom has real authority in my life and in the life of this church?

 

The Apostle Paul says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 

(2 Timothy 4:16-17, p. 843)

 

Sola Scriptura is from the Latin sola, having the idea of “alone,” “ground,” “base,” and the word scriptura meaning “writings”—referring to the Scriptures.

 

If Scripture is “God-breathed,” then it is not man-breathed, and, although it was penned by men, those “men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”

(2 Peter 1:21, p. 860)

 

Sola scriptura means that Scripture alone is authoritative for the faith and practice of the Christian.

 

Competing “sola’s

 

Sola Ecclesia

  • For hundreds of years the Roman Catholic Church had made its traditions superior in authority to the Bible
  • This resulted in many practices that were in fact contradictory to the Bible
  • Some examples are prayer to saints and/or Mary, the immaculate conception, transubstantiation, infant baptism, indulgences, and papal authority

 

Martin Luther (founder of the Lutheran Church and one of the key leaders of the Protestant Reformation) was publicly rebuking the Catholic Church for its unbiblical teachings.  The Catholic Church threatened Martin Luther with excommunication (and death) if he did not recant. Martin Luther’s reply was, “Unless therefore I am convinced by the testimony of Scripture, or by the clearest reasoning, unless I am persuaded by means of the passages I have quoted, and unless they thus render my conscience bound by the Word of God, I cannot and will not retract, for it is unsafe for a Christian to speak against his conscience. Here I stand, I can do no other; may God help me! Amen!”

 

Sola Cultura

  • Secular culture has authority over one’s life and the church
  • Truth is ultimately defined by our culture

 

Cultural Marxism:  Dominant in our universities, main stream media, and other social institutions. The gradual process of destroying all traditions, languages, religions, individuality, government, family, law and order in order to re-assemble society in the future as a communist utopia. This utopia will have no notion of gender, traditions, morality, god or even family or the state.

 

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”  (Colossians 2:8, p. 834)

 

The sufficiency of Scripture is under attack today, and, sadly, that attack comes far too often in our own churches.  Management techniques, worldly methods of drawing crowds, entertainment, extra-biblical revelations, mysticism, and some forms of psychological counselling all declare that the Bible and its precepts are not adequate for the Christian life.

 

Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me.”

(John 10:27, p. 760)

 

As Christ Followers we are to read, study and put into practice God’s Word.

 

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