October 8 - Sola Scriptura
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We will continue a series based on God's Big Picture: Tracing the Story Line of the Bible, this Sunday in the youth room. This study will focus on the coherency of the Bible, following the specific theme kingdom of God and showing Christ as unifying subject and focus of the Bible. Ray Rutledge and Bo Pritchard will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the New Testament).
2 Timothy 3:14-17
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it 15 and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
This week we will come to grips with the first of the five “Solas” of the Protestant Reformation, Sola Scriptura or “Scripture alone.” We’ll see that as the Middle Ages progressed, the supreme authority of God’s Word began to be eclipsed by other sources claiming an equal status. Untethered from Scripture, the church fell into all kinds of false teaching. As Tom reminded us last week, these were dark days. So dark that Calvin described it saying, “The light of divine truth had been extinguished, the Word of God buried, the virtue of Christ left in profound oblivion, and the pastoral office subverted.” But in God’s sovereign timing, He brought about a glorious vindication of His Word and with it, the recovery of the gospel of His Son.
Review and Apply
“To disbelieve Scripture is to disbelieve God.” How have you wrestled with the authority of Scripture in your own life?
Describe the fruit you’ve seen in your life as you have submitted to Scripture.
If you have children, what are some steps you could take to make them more “acquainted with the sacred writings”? (II Tim 3:15)
How would you counsel another Christian who was doubting the truthfulness of God’s Word?
Who could you ask to join you to read and discuss a passage of Scripture on a regular basis?
What are some things unbelievers appeal to as their ultimate standard of truth, perhaps even unconsciously?
In the midst of gospel conversations with unbelievers, have you ever found yourself embarrassed by the Bible? How did you work through that?