Posted by: cghearn | 08/31/2014 | 12:00 pm
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!
There were 3 qualifying factors:
Close relation (possible dictation) from an apostle
Already regarded by the church overall as divine/useful/currently used in the church
Why were the Apocrypha and some of the Gnostic texts excluded from Scripture (Gospel of Thomas, Judith, 1 and 2 Maccabees?). The short answer is that you should go read them yourself and see why! Talk about Paul being beheaded and squirting out milk; talk about geography being clearly wrong in 1 and 2 Maccabees.
Why should I believe in Sola Scriptura?
Modern philosophy and post-modernism
What Catholics believe
What Mormons believe
What Islam believes
What do you do when someone says they have prophecy for you for a small donation? (Look up Hebrews 1:1). We have the very words of Jesus and yet someone can give us something better or more accurate?