Sermon Notes

Sermon Notes – 10/15/2017
Our Reformation Heritage: Sola Scriptura – Scripture Alone: Selected Scriptures


Martin Luther posts his 95 theses which starts the Reformation on _______________, 1517 – 500 years ago

Crucial Reformation ____________: Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Sola Christus & Soli Deo Gloria

The Issue

Each faction of Christianity developed _____________& doctrines to enforce conformity & protect power

“Biblicus” Luther knew the scriptures, but understanding was blocked by _______________interpretation

In 1516-1521 Luther turns away from ______________interpretation to a more literary approach

1518-1521 Luther’s view are examined, then denounced and he __________________on scriptural authority

1522 – Luther completes ____________translation of the Greek New Testament and things happen rapidly

The Reformation was and continues to be about calling people to follow Christ according to the __________

Biblical authority and proper interpretation go _____________ for if either is lost so is the other

Origins of Traditions

Biblical authority is clearly stated many times, yet man’s sinful heart quickly ___________it with traditions

Eve added to God’s command, then listened to Satan’s slanders, then judged by her own wisdom & _______

Adam & Eve recognized their sinfulness & tried to _____, but God sought them out and covered their shame

Well intentioned traditions try to protect from sin by adding to God’s commands – but that __________them

Some traditions develop in response to sin usually by: 1) Redefine it; 2) Cover it up, 3) Try to ________God

Any shift away from Biblical authority and proper interpretation results in doctrinal __________or rejection

Scriptural Authority

Scriptural authority arises from God being the ________with ultimate authority over everything. He is judge

God expects His commands to be obeyed and _____________ of the consequences of disobedience

Genesis 5 is a genealogic record of long life and followed by ___________

Genesis 6-9 is the record of man’s utter sinfulness, God’s judgment by the ________, and His grace to Noah

Genesis 11 – man’s disobedience resulted in God confusing the languages to ____________ dispersion

Genesis 12 – God’ chooses Abram who ____________ God’s promises and obeys His instructions

God _______________through Moses and the Prophets – blessings for obedience & curses for disobedience

Deuteronomy 8:3 (Matthew 4:4) – God’s word is to be _________ giving to mankind

The Psalms extol the _____________ of God’s word, recognizing its authority and following it

Jesus recognized and relied on the authority of God’s word extensively _____________ and citing it

Jesus view of the Scriptures: Matt. 5:18; John 10:35; John 17:17 – It is unchanging, trustworthy & is ______

The _______________ quote the Scriptures extensively (Paul – 18 books; James & Peter – 5 books each)

The authority of the Scriptures _____________its enemies while giving life to those that love the Lord

Attacks on Scriptural authority is _________from its opponents, but it also comes from professing believers

Scripture Alone remains a foundational assertion in the continuing ________for the gospel and Christian life

Proper interpretation requires understanding a text as would have those who ____________ heard or read it

Most of Jesus’ conflicts with the religious leaders were over issues of proper ________________

Scripture alone is the authority & our humble quest is to ____________what God has revealed in its context

Scriptural Sufficiency

If the scriptures are not sufficient, then outside sources become authoritative and ____________ them

Science: The Bible is not a science text book, but it is absolutely true on every issue of ________it mentions

Psychology: The Bible exposes the evil heart of every man to lead to repentance – the true ________ needed

2 Timothy 3:16–17 _______________________________________________________________________

2 Peter 1:2–11 __________________________________________________________________________

The Scriptures are sufficient, the real problem is that people __________what God has said & so reject them

Those who believe & follow the Bible will be able to live godly lives themselves & ____others do the same


Scripture Alone, is as important _____________ as it was at the beginning of the Reformation

Diligently proclaim & defend this doctrine for it is ____________ directly and by improper interpretation

Parents, you are responsible to apply God’s Word to your children’s lives. Here is some help. Young Children – draw a picture about something you hear during the sermon. Explain your picture(s) to your parents at lunch. Older Children – Do one or more of the following: 1) Count how many times the word “Scripture” or “Bible” is used. 2) Discuss with your parents the importance of the Bible in your life.

Questions to consider in discussing the sermon with others. What did Martin Luther do on October 31, 1517 and why is that considered the start of the Reformation? What would Luther have believed about the Bible as a Roman Catholic Monk? How did his change of view and interpretation of the Scriptures lead to the Reformation? Why are Biblical authority and proper interpretation both essential? What happens if either is lost? What errors in Eve’s understanding of God’s authority caused her to fall for Satan’s temptations? What are some well intentioned traditions that add to the word of God? What are some traditions that redefine sin? Cover up sin? Seek to appease God for the sin? What is the basis for Scriptural Authority? Give evidence that God expects His commands to be known and followed? Trace this in the first 12 chapters of Genesis. What is God’s purpose in communicating to man according to Deuteronomy 8:3? How are the blessings of God’s word described in Psalm 1? Psalm 19? Psalm 119? What was Jesus’ view of the Scriptures according to Matt. 5:18; John 10:35 and John 17:17? How did Jesus and the apostles demonstrate their submission to the authority of the Scriptures? What is proper interpretation? How is improper interpretation an attack on Biblical authority? How is that occurring in evangelicalism today? What is Biblical sufficiency? How do 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and 2 Peter 1:2-11 describe it? Is the Bible sufficient in issues of science and psychology? Why or why not? Why do even some professing Christians reject Biblical sufficiency? How can they be helped?