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Evening Growth Group Studies: SOLA 5 Notes

THE WORD OF GOD – PSALM 119:161-176

What does it mean for your heart to tremble at God’s Word? (v 161)

How should you respond to the promises of God and falsehood? (v 162-163)

Think it through

What is the significance of the phrase ‘seven times a day’?

What is the result of loving God’s law? (v 165)

What four practices must be done and what do they mean? (v 166-168)

Think it through

How shoud you react to the fact that God knows all your ways?

What does God’s Word give to you and do for you?

(v 169-170)

What should you do with your tongue and lips? (v 171-172)

Think it through

What is the meaning of ‘your right hand?

What is the law able to do for you, how should you respond to it and What attitude should you have towards salvation? (v 174-175)

Think it through

What does it mean to stray like a lost sheep and how can you be rescued?

THE SOLA FIVE OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

 

THE FOUNDATION STONE

SCRIPTURE ALONE

‘Christianity is a religion that is based upon the impregnable rock of Holy Scripture. The Bible has been likened to a fountain of living water: the fountain is ever the same but the water is ever fresh. The Bible is an inexhaustible mine of wealth, it is a spring of water that never runs dry’ (A W Pink – The Divine Inspiration of the Bible).

 

Prior to the Reformation the Bible was a neglected book that was not at the centre of faith and practice. The cry of the Reformation which was a Bible movement was for a return to the Word of God in order to hear His voice speaking once again.


THE INSPIRATION OF SCRIPTURE

The Bible is a supernatural book because its words  come from the mouth of God. Christian truth stands or falls on the fact that the words of the Bible belong to God.

Deuteronomy 8:3 (page 202 OT)

Luke 5:1 (page 73 NT)


THE INERRANCY OF SCRIPTURE

The Bible is a book that contains no errors because like its Author it is full of truth. God is not a man who should lie therefore whatever He has said is true.

Psalm 117:1-2 (page 683 OT)

Proverbs 30:5 (page 741 OT)


THE INFALLIBILITY OF SCRIPTURE

The Bible is a book promising that God will fulfill every word that He has spoken. Nothing will prevent Him from fulfilling His purposes.

Isaiah 14:24-27 (page 778 OT)

Isaiah 40:8 (page 806 OT)


THE AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE

The Bible is a book that speaks with the voice of God’s power that is binding upon our conscience. His Word is superior to any other voice and demands our attention.

Isaiah 49:8-9 (page 820 OT)

1 Thessalonians 4:15 (page 243 NT)


THE PERSPECUITY OF SCRIPTURE

The Bible is a book has no hidden or obscure message because it is absolutely clear in what it has to say and can be understood.

Matthew 19:4 (page 24 NT)

Matthew 22:31-32 (page 29 NT)


THE SUFFICIENCY OF SCRIPTURE

The Bible is a book that contains a miracle growth food that shows sinners the way of salvation and enables believers to develope in their faith and knowledge.

Psalm 119:25-28 (page 685 OT)

Psalm 119:103-105 (page 687 OT)


THE IMMUTABILITY OF SCRIPTURE

The Bible is a book that has an unchanging message because what God has said will endure forever therefore it can be wholeheartedly trusted and depended upon.

Psalm 119:89 (page 687 OT)

1 Peter 1:23-25 (page 276 NT)


THE INVINCIBILITY OF SCRIPTURE

The Bible is a book containing God’s truth that cannot be destroyed.

Jeremiah 23:29 (page 875 OT)

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (page 217 NT)

Sanctifies

Condemns

Rebukes

Influences

Penetrates

Teaches

Urges

Restores

Empowers

The Five Solas of the Christian Faith

THE WORD OF GOD – PSALM 119:145-160

What is required to be done for God to answer prayer? (v 145)

What will happen as a result of prayer? (v 146)

What does ‘rising from the dawn’ signify? (v 147)

Think it through

How do you obey and keep God’s decrees and statutes?

Why do your eyes need to stay open? (v 148)

What does it mean to meditate? (v 148)

 

Think it through

How does God preserve your life according to His   laws, promise and love?

Why will God respond to your voice? (v 149)

Why is salvation far from the wicked? (v 150 & 155)

How near is God? (v 151)

 

Think it through

Is there a connection between suffering and not forgetting God’s law?

When was God’s word established? (v 152 & 160)

Does your cause deserve to be defended? (v 154)

 

Think it through

Is it right to loath the faithless?

 

THE SOLA FIVE OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

 

SOLA

The word means ‘alone’ or ‘only’ and signifies the uniqueness of Christianity. There is no other religion, philosophy, ideology or teaching that can compare with it therefore the Christian faith surpasses them all.

 

The foundational truths of the Christian faith are:

  • Scipture alone – the revealer of salvation
  • Christ alone – the Author of salvation
  • Grace alone – the provider of salvation
  • Faith alone – the receiver of salvation
  • To the glory of God alone – the goal of salvation

 

THE FOUNDATION STONE

SCRIPTURE ALONE

2 Timothy 3:14-15

 

It is to be learned:

  • Through being taught
  • Through continuing in it (abiding)
  • Through being convinced of it (assured)

 

It produces:

  • Knowledge of its contents
  • Wisdom to believe
  • Faith to be saved

 

THE THREE PILLARS

CHRIST ALONE

Acts 4:8-12

 

He is the cornerstone of salvation:

  • No other person can provide it
  • It is gained through His death and resurrection
  • It is symbolised in the healing of the cripple man
  • It is God’s act of kindness

 

GRACE ALONE

Titus 2:11-14

 

It comes from God:

  • Brings salvation

Sacrifice (gave Himself)

Redemption (redeem us from wickedness)

Sanctification (purify a people for Himself)

Adoption (His very own)

  • Is offered (appeared) to all men
  • Teaches us to live godly lives
  • Enables us to wait for the coming of Jesus

 

FAITH ALONE

1 Peter 1:3-9

 

The reward of faith:

  • New birth into a living hope
  • An inheritance kept in heaven
  • Shielded by God’s power

 

The test of faith:

  • Suffer grief through trials
  • Refined by fire
  • Proved genuine
  • Result in praise to God

 

The goal of faith:

  • Believe in Him
  • Be filled with an inexpressible joy
  • Receive the salvation of your souls

 

THE PINNACLE

THE GLORY OF GOD ALONE

Revelation 19:1-8

 

God is to be worshipped because:

  • Salvation belongs to Him
  • His judgements are just and true
  • He has condemned His enemies and avenged His saints
  • He has prepared a wedding feast
  • He is the Almighty who reigns
  • He is to be praised in hallelujahs with joy and gladness

 

Church Notebook: Love

The 14th February is Valentines Day and much emphasis is placed upon love. This love is generally based upon romantic feelings of attraction, which if practiced according to God’s Word is healthy and good. Love, which is a gift from God, is an important truth in our lives as Christians therefore let us focus our attention upon practicing it during the month of February. We can do so in the following ways:

Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength

While we were still sinners Jesus Christ died for us to rescue us from slavery to sin therefore our lives should become a living sacrifice that is lived for Him. To live as a sacrifice is to have a heart that is devoted to Him which will be demonstrated in having a hunger for His Word. We need to allow the Word of God to become embedded in our minds so that it will control us. Our wills and desires need to be placed under His authority so that we live to please Him.

Love God’s Word

The Bible must be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path. We need to give of our time every day to devour the Scriptures so that we are fed with the Bread of Life. The Bible, which is the inerrant, infallible and inspired Word of God, must be our daily companion, which is read prayerfully, thoughtfully, purposefully, attentively and regularly so that it becomes buried in our hearts and governs our lives. Our lives must be built upon the solid foundation of the Word of God.

Love the Church

The Church is God’s people who have been joined to Him through the death and resurrection of His Son and have become members of His family, which is described in the Bible as His Household. As the Church we need to be regular in our attendance at worship where we meet with each other for mutual encouragement and edification but above all where we have fellowship with our heavenly Father. Church is a way of living our lives, which will reveal that we belong to God.

Love one another

Since we have been brought into a relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ we are related to each other therefore we need each other. Living as brothers and sisters in Christ means caring for each other, sharing with each, spurring each other on to do good works, encouraging each other and being willing to serve one another. We need to consider each other in the same way that God treats each one of His children.

Love your neighbour

All people have been created by God therefore they are all worthy creatures in His sight. As God’s special people we must not neglect to show His kindness to those who live in our neighbourhood, who work in our offices, who play with us on the sports field and who govern us as citizens. Through being willing to reach out to them in their time of need, or distress, or struggles or pain, we are offering them God’s hand of comfort.

Love your enemies

As the children of God we will be hated by the world because of our association with Jesus Christ. Since they hated Him we can expect to be opposed for our faith and trust in Him. Although the world does not accept us or understand us we may not retaliate in any way but rather let God vindicate us when they wrong us. Living for Christ will create enemies who will be a threat to you therefore treat them with His kindness and mercy.

Love the lost

All those who do not follow Jesus Christ are lost and heading for an eternal damnation. Since we have been rescued from the condemnation of God we must be His ambassadors seeking after the lost sheep in order to bring them to the Great Shepherd. We need to boldly proclaim the Word of life to them and pray that God will move them to turn to Him to be saved so that they may become His children and be filled with the Holy Spirit.