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Sola Fide: Only by Faith

Sola Fide: Only by Faith

1 Peter 1:3-9

In my junior year, got in as many pictures in year book as possible – FBLA club – but never actually did anything with any of them! Intent does not equal accomplishment. DOING is considered important. Must we DO something to gain faith?

Why such an emphasis on faith ALONE?

Faith is GIVEN (not earned) ~ 1 Peter 1:3-5

  • 3 what job does the baby accomplish to be born? NONE: it’s the RESULT of love
  • 4 where is salvation/faith based? NOT in us; it would fail!
  • 5 what fuels our faith? NOT our strength, but God’s power

Faith is GENUINE (Provable) ~ 1 Peter 1:6-7

  • 6 “this”-salvation; “trials”-prove through experiment/experience
  • 7 God doesn’t test our faith; God already knows its depths. WE TEST IT (2 Corinthians 13:5), and what do we see when we do that? Christ IN us – our hope of glory (Col. 1.27)

Faith has a GOAL ~ 1 Peter 1:8-9

  • 8 faith not based on SIGHT, but GOD’S CHOICE (Eph 2.8-9)
  • 9 “are receiving”= not a one-time thing, not an ongoing thing.

More like a wide receiver on a football team; we’re receive because we’ve been chosen to receive (Jesus is our quarterback???) Eventually, the game will end, and we will be on the winning side. THAT is the content of our faith: JESUS WINS!

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Sola Scriptura: Only by Scripture

Sola Scriptura: Only by Scripture Sermon Audio Here

2 Peter 1:12-21

Last October 31st was the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. I wanted to take a look at the 5 “Onlys” / Solas as we close out this year of study together: Only by SCRIPTURE, Only by FAITH, Only by GRACE, Only by CHRIST, and Only for GOD’S GLORY. Today, we’ll look at Sola Scriptura: Only By Scripture.

Recently, I read a book that asked a question like: “HOW do you know WHAT you know”, and it got me thinking about Scripture. Why would we, as Protestants, elevate the Word above Tradition, or Reason? Catholics say that Tradition comes first: (I disagree- Jesus studied the gathered Torah of His time). Scientists would say that Reason comes first: (I disagree- sometimes truth isn’t obvious, and reveals itself only through ongoing study)

Why Rely on The Word Above All?

It Reminds For The Time ~ 2 Peter 1:12-15

  • 12 reminders good even in solid truth
  • 13/14 we don’t know how much time we have
  • 15 recall what’s IMPORTANT (ref. Tyranny of the Urgent?)

It Shares What Was Heard ~ 2 Peter 1:16-19

  • 16 We speak what we see
  • 17 God SPEAKS; He’s been doing it since the Beginning (bara)
  • 18 He spoke to the writers of Scripture
  • 19 God’s Word is our Light (Let there be light)

It Bears Us Up ~ 2 Peter 1:20-21

  • 20 Scripture is NOT a personal viewpoint
  • 21 God’s Word carried people along (borne/led/driven)

The Holy Spirit carried along the writers of Scripture; and Scripture can STILL CARRY YOU – Will you let it bear/lead/drive you?


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