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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?

Bible names – mining for insight

hebrew names As I was doing my study this morning, I found myself in Genesis 5, and there are a lot of “begats” in there…

Every time I’ve read them before, I’ve basically logged the names mentally, but not really paid much attention to them until a specific name showed up later in the text, or had some special comment made about it…

…but then it occured to me: my own daughters have very specific names, chosen for very specific reasons. There’s a story behind each name in my family; indeed there’s a story behind how Jami and I even came to choose various names. Why would I automatically assume that Bible names didn’t have much meaning to their parents and treat them like mere footnotes in history?

Enter this site: Abarim Publications. They have some *great* Hebrew insights as to the meaning of names in the Old Testament. Even better – they explain, using the Hebrew, WHY they give a specific meaning to a particular name. It was a fascinating look at the names in Genesis 5, and one does not need to be a Hebrew scholar to appreciate the information on a name.

I recommend taking a look at this site: if you have a name that’s Hebrew in origin, you might discover all kinds of things about your name that you never knew!

Shalom (KFJ)- Ed


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