Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sola Scriptura and Radical Transformation in a Post-Modern Age

  What is the single most important conviction that has arisen out of the Reformation? This is a difficult question to answer because so many wonderful truths were uncovered during this period. I would say, however, that the principle of sola scriptura or "Scripture Alone" is the greatest conviction coming from the likes of Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli. The idea that the Word of God is sufficient for us to have faith in God, know God, and walk with God seems to be accepted without debate among conservative evangelicals in orthodoxy but what about orthopraxy?
  Do we practice our faith in God believing that his Word is sufficient? More practically, do we study the Bible regularly because it is our spiritual food? Do we loyally exegete and preach from the Bible because it is sufficient for sanctification of the saints and for the radical conversion of the sinners? When we don't do these things, why don't we do them? Why don't we depend on the sufficiency of God's revelation to us? Perhaps John the Baptist has something to teach us in our orthopraxy. Who is it that is supposed to increase in our lives as Christians? Is it I who must increase while Christ decreases? Or is it Christ who must increase as I decrease? Perhaps the practice of our belief in the sufficiency of Scripture, or lack thereof, is the result of our own refusal to decrease.  
   So church, Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, and many others who lived and died for Christ during the Reformation have left us with one unbelievably clear and convicting principle: Sola Scriptura!
   What will change the hearts and minds of a post-modern generation? What will lead to a radical transformation in the soul of that lost friend or coworker? Will it be you? Will it be me? No, it will be the Holy Spirit of God working through the Word of God! Consequently, we are left with an unbelievably clear and unarguably concise message: share God's Word and watch him work. What would happen if preachers, teachers, believers, and churches everywhere focused on this simple strategy? Do you suppose that the radical transformation we are waiting for would happen? I think so!

Preach the Word! Teach the Word! Believe the Word!
His Word is sufficient in providing the spiritual catalyst necessary for the saved and the lost!

"So Faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ." Romans 10:17

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