Why Sola Scriptura?

What does Sola Scriptura mean?

Sola Scriptura is Latin and it means “By Scripture alone.
Contrast with “Prima Scriptura”
Turn to 2 Timothy 3:16-17
Talk about “God breathed” vs. “Inspired”

What is classified as scripture?

Explain the word “canon
What about the Old Testament?
What about the New Testament?  Turn to 2 Peter 3:15-16

The gospels were never questioned as part of the Bible; the epistles of Paul were never questioned as part of the Bible; 1 and 2 Peter were never questioned as part of the Bible; 1 John was never questioned as part of Scripture

James was questioned because we weren’t sure which James wrote it; Hebrews was questioned because the author remained anonymous; Revelation was questioned because it could be twisted easily and was a frightening book!

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Virtue #7: Kindness – Eph. 4:30-32

Why must I be kind?

Aren’t there any times in your life when you desire not to be kind but rather to be cruel, envious, and even bitter?  Each one of us in this room faces the issue of, from time to time, being spiteful toward another.  It is this very reason why kindness must be both exercised and made present in our world.  Kindness is defined as, “the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.”

The opposite of kindness is envy which is defined as, “a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another’s advantages, success, possessions, etc.”  How is this connected to kindness, one might ask?

What was the second official sin recorded in Scripture?  Adam and Eve had two sons by the name of Cain and Abel.  One (Cain) was good at working the ground and attempted to offer God the fruit of the ground, while the other (Abel) was a good shepherd and who offered God his lambs.  God accepted Abel’s offer, but ignored Cain’s.  This led to Cain being envious: Show slide of Gen. 4:6-7 “The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted?”  The second sin ever committed was murder which was propagated by envy. Click to read the rest of this post >>

Virtue #6: Patience – James 1:2-4

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What must I do to learn patience?

The first thing that I need to do is define what patience is.  Patience is “the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.”  So being patient, by definition is being able to have bad things happen to you and being able to approach those things without responding, in kind, with negativity.  Many people will say that “patience is a virtue” and it is; but it is so much more than that.  A person with patience knows how to react even when there are poisonous people in the mix.

Sodium, if placed on human skin by itself can cause severe irritation or even burns.  Chlorine when inhaled causes difficulty breathing or wheezing; when it comes into contact with skin can also irritate or burn.  I’m going to eat both simultaneously (eat some table salt).  When Sodium is mixed with Chlorine, it becomes a compound known as Sodium-Chloride or table salt. People with patience can take the most volatile situations or elements and make them beneficial. 

The opposite of patience is wrath which is defined as, “strong, stern, or fierce anger; deeply resentful indignation.”  Problems with wrath usually boil down to one major problem and that is a lack of patience. Click to read the rest of this post >>

Dustin Kensrue & Musical Theology

Dustin Kensrue via MarsHill.com

Most people I know, are aware that I have a general distaste for “Christian” music. The vast majority of it is unbiblical, lacking in creativity and generally embarrassing the Christian community when presented to the world; let alone the way it portrays Christ. One of the few examples of true and pure creativity and quality (even to worldly standards) of music is Thrice; or more specifically Dustin Kensrue. Dustin’s music is rich with biblical references and theology and is genuinely honest to our experience as believers.

To give an example I have presented the song below both in musical format and the written lyrics with the scriptural references following the corresponding lines. Click to read the rest of this post >>

Elder Ordination – Chris Hearn

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Adam’s Blame

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We’ve said it thousands of times, “God, this is all your fault!” or “God, how dare you do this to me!” or maybe “You could prevent this if you wanted to, God!” and finally, “Why me, God?” These all bear resemblance to the way that Adam reacted to God in the Garden of Eden after the fall. We see Adam clearly blaming the woman, known as Eve, for the sin that he himself has committed. Adam says to God, who has asked him if he committed sin, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:12 ESV, emphasis mine).

Clearly, Adam is blaming his sin on two individuals: he blames the woman for tempting him and God for creating the source of his temptation. Isn’t this what we all do when confronted with our own depravity on some level? We look to blame others for our poor choices, we blame them for our bad circumstances, and ultimately, we fault our Creator for not taking a more active role to prevent the pain that has come into our lives. In short, we behave just as Adam did and attempt to project our guilt onto others…most importantly, we credit evil to God. Click to read the rest of this post >>

Virtue #5: Humility – Luke 14:7-11

How Do I Live Humbly?

The first thing that I need to do is define what humility is.  Humility is “a modest or low view of one’s own importance.”  At first when I read that definition, I didn’t like it, but after thinking about it, this definition is exactly what humility is.

Illustration: Story of going to Dunamis conference and getting to sit next to Wayne Grudem when I tried to sit at another table.

The opposite of humility is pride and pride is defined as, “a high or inordinate opinion of one’s own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority.”  Saint Augustine of Hippo said that “Pride is the mother of all sin.”  He meant by this that pride can lead us to do things that we’d never think of doing otherwise because it gives us an unrealistically high perspective of ourselves. Click to read the rest of this post >>