Sermon: Sola Scriptura

Sola Scriptura:  the Foundation of the Reformation”
2 Timothy 3:16-17
November 5, 2017

The passage before us this morning is well known to us:

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16–17)

This passage is the foundation of much that we do in ministry at GBC. It affirms the inspiration of Scripture — that, as Calvin says, “What Scripture says, God says,” and the authority and sufficiency of Scripture to transform lives. But is this Word all that we need? Is there additional authoritative truth that is equal to the authority of Scripture? That question was central to the ministry of the Reformers, who in contrast to the Roman Catholic Church answered, “No, there is no authority that has the same power and authority of Scripture. It is Scripture alone (Sola Scriptura) that reveals God’s will and speaks with God’s authority.”

They were objecting to the Roman Catholic Church, which taught (and still teaches) that, “Yes, Scripture is authoritative, but tradition is equally authoritative.” For instance, the Second Vatican Council (1965) wrote, “Sacred Tradition and sacred Scripture make up a single sacred deposit of the Word of God, which is entrusted to the church.”

This Sunday morning, we are embarking on a five-week examination of the Sola declarations that marked the Reformation. These are the truths that the Reformers believed, taught, and defended with their lives. And the foundation on which the Reformation and the Solas stand is the one we are considering this week, Sola Scriptura — it is Scripture alone by which God has authoritatively spoken.

Scripture alone is God’s inspired, inerrant, and authoritative Word.

Why Was Sola Scriptura Necessary?

  • What the Roman church thought about Scripture then
  • What the Roman church thinks about Scripture today

What Does Sola Scriptura Mean?

  • Scripture in inspired — When Scripture speaks, God speaks
  • Scripture is inerrant — When Scripture speaks, it speaks truthfully
  • Scripture is authoritative — When Scripture speaks, it speaks authoritatively
  • Scripture is perspicuous — When Scripture speaks, it speaks clearly

Is Sola Scriptura Taught in Scripture? (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

Download the rest of this sermon on Sola Scriptura and 2 Timothy 3:16-17.

The audio will be posted on the GBC website tomorrow morning.

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