On Sunday, Matthew preached the second message, “Sola Scriptura” as part of our current series, The Five Solas. The message was based upon 2 Timothy 3:14-17. Below are a few discussion questions for Community Group or personal study this week, followed by projection from the message and links to the songs from our time of worship. To listen to the message again, visit our Audio Resources page.
Talk about the Word
1. How is scripture both inspired by God and yet written by man? How is this possible?
2. Matthew taught that all the truth we need to know and follow Jesus has already been given to us. How does this work in our modern day-to-day lives? How have you seen this played out?
3. Our response to Sola Scriptura ought to be to know the word, trust the word, and obey the word. Explain each of these and what they look like in your walk with the Lord.
Talk about Life
1. In 2 Timothy 3, it talks about how there were many who were “always learning, yet never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.” What does this mean? How does this compare with the current popular worldview of postmodernism in Western culture?
2. Why are other external things that point to God (like the beauty of His creation, powerful music, moving pieces of literature, etc.) not solely sufficient to guide us in our walk of faith? Are there other things in your life that compete with your love for scripture? How does one balance the helpfulness of outside resources while still granting ultimate supremacy to the word of God?
3. How does God specifically use mothers and grandmothers in His kingdom? In what ways are they essential key players in gospel transfer? With this in mind, what should the young person’s response be? Why ought they closely watch the examples set by older saints?
4. Would you say that the word of the living God the final authority in your life? If so, how can you stay the course? If not, what changes need to occur?
Projection from the Message:
“As for the pope’s decretal on indulgences I say that neither the Church nor the pope can establish articles of faith. These must come from Scripture. For the sake of Scripture we should reject pope and councils.” – Martin Luther
“Unless I am convinced by the testimony of Scripture or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they often err and contradict themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not retract anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. I cannot do otherwise, here I stand, may God help me, Amen.” – Martin Luther
“Sola scripture means that only Scripture, because it is God’s inspired Word, is our inerrant, sufficient, and final authority for the church.” – Matthew Barrett
As the inspired Word of God himself, Scripture must function as our final authority in every area of life.
1) The Word of God is inspired
“All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O LORD,
for they have heard the words of your mouth,
and they shall sing of the ways of the LORD,
for great is the glory of the LORD.” – Psalm 138:4-5
“…no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” – 2 Peter 1:20-21
“He answered, ‘Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?” – Matthew 19:4-5
“God is not a man, that he should lie…” – Numbers 23:19
“I the LORD speak the truth; I declare what is right.” – Isaiah 45:19
“For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.” – Matthew 5:18
“Scripture is not waiting around for some other authority to authenticate, confirm, or justify what it says. Scripture is not longing for someone or something else for its validation. Scripture’s authority finally rests upon the God of truth. We are to receive his Word precisely because it is his Word, not ours. We don’t accept it because we have in some clever way proven it to be his Word or because we have authoritatively and decisively declared it to be his Word. Rather, we accept it because of what it inherently is, namely, the Word of the living God.” – Matthew Barrett
“Our trust in the Scriptures is entirely dependent upon our trust in God.” – Albert Mohler
2) The Word of God is necessary
“We do not find God. God finds us and makes himself known to us. God is the speaker, we are the listeners. It’s not enough to say the biblical authors wrote about God or even wrote for God. We must say much, much more: God himself speaks! And he speaks for himself.” – Matthew Barrett
“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” – Romans 1:20
“Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” – Luke 24:44-47
3) The Word of God is authoritative
“Teach me, O LORD, the way of your statues; and I will keep it to the end. Give me understanding, that I may keep your law and observe it with my whole heart…Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain! Turn my eyes away from looking at worthless things, and give me life in your ways.” – Psalm 119:33-37
4) The Word of God is sufficient
How must we respond?
1) Know the Word
2) Trust the Word
3) Obey the Word
Music from Worship:
“O Come All Ye Faithful” – Chris Tomlin
“Jesus Shall Reign” – Resolved Music
“Take My Life” – Chris Tomlin
“Reformation Song” – Bob Kaufflin
“Speak O Lord” – Keith and Kristen Getty