Sola Scriptura

October 31, 2017, marked the 500th Anniversary of the start of the Protestant Reformation when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door the castle church at Wittenberg.  Sola Scriptura or Scripture Alone was the first of 5 battle cries of the Reformation.  By Sola Scriptura the Reformers were asserting that the Bible is our final and trustworthy authority for the Christian’s faith and life, not the Pope and not the Roman Catholic Church.  

500 years later, the followers of Jesus are again in desperate need of a return to the doctrine of Sola Scriptura.  Today it’s not the Roman Catholic Church which undermines and challenges the authority of Scripture, but our rapidly changing, increasingly secular culture.   

Do we really believe the Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God?  This is a critical question for 21st Century Christians.  If it is, then the Bible must be authoritative in our lives and we must submit to all of its teaching.  

Yet many of us have lingering and deep-seated questions about the Bible that we’ve never pursued or explored.  This series seeks to answer those questions and grow our confidence and commitment to Sola Scriptura, Scripture Alone.  

Recommended Series Resources:  

Week 1:  Treasuring God's Truth in 2018

Week 2:  Sola Scriptura:  What It Means & Why It Matters

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Week 3:  Is the Bible Historically Reliable?

Week 4:  Why THESE Books of the Bible?  

Sola Scriptura and You

Tim Theule | 2 Timothy 3:1-5, 14-17 | 3/25/2018

We conclude our Sola Scriptura series with some super practical tips for how we can 'continue' in the Scriptures individually, in our families and as a church.

Is The Bible Enough For My Faith And Life?

Tim Theule | Hebrews 1:1-4 | 3/18/2018

How does God speak to people today?  Should we expect or look for other words from God beyond the Bible?  How does the Holy Spirit lead Christians today? What should we do with those who claim to hear a fresh 'Word from the Lord'?  All of these questions have to do with the sufficiency of Scripture, which is the next topic in our Sola Scriptura series.

Can We Know and Understand What the Bible Actually Teaches?

Tim Theule | Deuteronomy 30:11-20 | 3/11/2018

In an age of pluralism and relativism, there's lots of questions about if we can really know and understand what the Bible actually teaches.   In this next message in our Sola Scriptura series, we consider the CLARITY of Scripture and it's practical implications for our daily lives.

Are We Willing to Live Under the Authority of the Bible?

Tim Theule | Isaiah 40:6-8, 55:6-11, 66:1-2 | 3/4/2018

Authority is a bad word in today's world.  We've all been taught to 'Question Authority.'  Our autonomous individualism asserts that we are our own authority.   And yet the Bible claims an authoritative function in our lives.  In the Bible, God commands us to live in certain ways and to do and not do certain things.  We continue our Sola Scriptura series in this message with an exploration of the question 'Are We Willing to Live Under the Authority of the Bible?'

Is the Bible True & Truly God's Word?

Ben Collins | 2 Timothy 3:12–4:5 | 2/18/2018

We continue our Sola Scriptura series with a look at the questions 'Is the Bible really God's word?' and 'Is the Bible trustworthy?' Here we look at issues related to the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible.

Is The Bible We Read What The Authors Actually Wrote?

Tim Theule | Jeremiah 36:1-8 | 2/11/2018

We continue our Sola Scriptura series with a look at the question 'Is the Bible we read the Bible that the authors actually wrote?'   Here we look at issues related to the translation and transmission of the Bible.

Why These Books of the Bible?

Tim Theule | 2 Peter 1:16-21, 3:1-3, 14-17 | 2/4/2018

We continue our Sola Scriptura series where we're exploring the reliability and authority of the Bible with a look at the question 'Why These Books of the Bible?'

Is The Bible Historically Reliable?

Tim Theule | Luke 1:1-4 | 1/21/2018

Sola Scriptura is the conviction that only the Bible—because it is God’s inspired, inerrant Word—is our SUFFICIENT and FINAL authority.  Today we continue our Sola Scriptura series with a look at 'Is the Bible Historically Reliable?' 

Sola Scriptura: What It Means and Why It Matters

Tim Theule | Psalm 119:1-16 | 1/14/2018

Sola Scriptura . . .'Scripture Alone' was the defining battle cry of the 16th Century Protestant Reformation.  It's an equally important battle cry for followers of Jesus today.  Today we explore what it means and why it matters.

Treasuring God's Truth in 2018

Tim Theule | Deuteronomy 6:1-15 | 1/7/2018

American Christians are increasingly Biblically illiterate.  Yet, the Bible over and over again stresses the importance of taking God's Word into our hearts, talking about it and teaching it to our kids.  How can we do this in this noisy, distracted, busy world?  Historically, catechism has been a tool for doing just that.  This message introduces the New City Catechism to Grace Central Coast for use through 2018.