- 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 the writings of the church fathers, church councils, 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)