From The Pastor At St. Paul's UCC, Freeburg, IL

Sola Scriptura This Sunday

This Sunday will be the third in a short series of four messages on the Sola’s of the Reformation. Grace Alone and Faith Alone were the last two weeks, this Sunday is Scripture Alone, followed by Christ Alone.

One of the interesting things for me in preparing these sermons has been having the same outline for each:

  1. What’s the teaching? What does the teaching actually mean?
  2. Did Jesus teach this?
  3. What difference does it make in your life if you believe this?

I’ve been challenged in simplifying things without being inaccurate. You can say a whole lotta things, and make a whole lotta distinctions, but my aim has been to keep it simple. And real. Every one of the steps has challenged me in one way or another. This Sunday I had to think a little about the second step – does Jesus actually teach “Scripture Alone”? I’ll be looking at a passage in Matthew in which Jesus chastises Pharisees for elevating their traditions above Scripture. But what really captured my imagination is Jesus’ wilderness temptations, in which he defended himself, quite literally, with Scripture alone. That’s all he needed.

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