- Sola Scriptura: The Bible alone is the only infallible rule of faith (or the spiritual standard) for the church. It functions as the ultimate standard of authority in spiritual matters.
- There are other legitimate (but lesser) "rules of faith" such as catechisms, concordances, lexicons, commentaries, and godly leaders of the church. But only Scripture is infallible.
- Presenting a biblical case for Sola Scriptura:
-Scripture brings us certainty of the Lord's actions and teachings (Luke 1:1-4)
-Eternal life in the name of Jesus Christ (John 20:30-31)
*If the Gospel of John by itself is sufficient to bring about conversion of heart, then it stands to reason that the same is true of the three other gospel narratives.
*If the Gospel of John is sufficient to bring about our salvation, then how much more sufficient must the Bible in its entirety be as a rule of faith?
-Instructions to salvation (2 Timothy 3:15)
-Assurance of salvation (1 John 5:13)
-Commandments of the Lord (1 Corinthians 14:37)
-Standard to which nothing can be added (Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:5-6; Revelation 22:18-19)
-Proper conduct in the church (1 Timothy 3:14-15)
-Protection against sin (1 John 2:1)
-Every good work (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
-A life of godliness (Psalm 19:7-14; 2 Peter 1:3-4)
-Joy that is complete (1 John 1:1-4)
-Hope and encouragement (Romans 15:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:18)
-Standard by which ministers are tested (Isaiah 8:20; Acts 17:11-12):
*Jesus always used the Scriptures as the measuring stick for determining Truth.
*Even though the apostles were inspired by genuine oral revelation, they always directed people to the Scriptures for the final determination of truth.
-Standard that judges traditions (Matthew 15:1-9; Mark 7:1-13)
-Standard that cannot be exceeded (1 Corinthians 4:6)
-Scripture is how we are reminded of apostolic oral traditions (2 Peter 3:1-2; Jude 3; 17-18)