The Sufficiency of Scripture
November 11, 2021

The Sufficiency of Scripture

The Sufficiency of Scripture

 (All quotes unless otherwise noted are from Wayne Grudem's Systematic Theology)

  1. Discussed so far:
    1. The Doctrine of Revelation
      1. Special
      2. General
    2. The Canon of Scripture
    3. The Authority of Scripture
    4. The Inerrancy of Scripture
    5. The Clarity of Scripture
    6. The Necessity of Scripture
    7. Tonight: “The Sufficiency of Scripture” à 2 Week Break (The Doctrine of God)


What Does the Bible Teach?


  1. Defined: “Scripture contains all the words of God we need for salvation, for trusting him perfectly, and for obeying him perfectly.”


  1. To This, I would add that the Scripture is sufficient to address any and all issues that we struggle with in life and how we can respond in God-glorifying ways.
  2. Tim 3:14-17:
    1. (v. 14-15) Justification
    2. (v. 16-17) Sanctification
  3. 2 Pet 1:3-4
  4. Deut 29:29
  5. John 17:17


  1. Sola Scriptura: While catechisms, books, confessions, and creeds are all very helpful for our spiritual formation, they are only helpful insofar as they point us to the Scripture. “…Although the history of the church may help us to understand what God says to us in the Bible, never in church history has God added to the teachings or commands of Scripture. Nowhere in church history outside of Scripture has God added anything that he requires us to believe or to do… This is the Reformation doctrine of sola scriptura (Scripture alone).”


  1. Col 2:6-8
  2. Gal 1:8
    1. Tradition Can Not Be Elevated to Scriptural Authority
    2. Confessions & Creeds Cannot Be Added to Scriptural Authority
  • Additional Writings – “Revelations” Cannot Be Added
  1. Warning! “The denial of Scripture’s sufficiency, on the other hand, is a far subtler attack. It is harder to detect. Furthermore, this attack is being aided unwittingly by many who would never deny the Bible’s full authority but who, by their promotion of deceitful philosophies, are undermining its sufficiency for Christian faith and practice.” – Tom Ascol, Founders


  1. Suggesting Non-Biblical Sources for Sanctification
  2. Hyper-Confessionalism
  • The Use of Traditions as Necessary
    1. (e.g., The Altar Call)


What Does Our Confession Say?


  1. 1689 1.1: “The Holy Scriptures are the only sufficient, certain, and infallible standard of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience…”


  1. Luke 16:27-31


  1. 1689 1.10: “The supreme judge for deciding all religious controversies and for evaluating all decrees of councils, opinions of ancient writers, human teachings, and individual interpretations, and in whose judgement we are to rest, is nothing but the Holy Scripture delivered by the Spirit. In the Scripture our faith finds its final word.”


How Do We Apply the Sufficiency of Scripture to Worship?


  1. Examine all traditions to determine if they somehow undermine the sufficiency of Scripture- (Semper Reformanda Series)
    1. Sinner’s Prayer
    2. Altar Calls
    3. Mourner’s Benches
    4. Entertainment Church Models
    5. Psychotherapeutic Counseling Models
    6. Anything That Becomes Elevated to Scriptural Authority


  1. Preach it: “For every preacher, the sufficiency of Scripture must be his confidence as he enters the pulpit to preach the Word. With so many affirming a renewed belief in the inerrancy of the Bible, an equal confidence also must be placed in its potency and power. This was precisely what occurred in the days of the Reformation as sola Scriptura became the battle cry of the Reformers. Armed solely with the Word, Martin Luther explained the phenomenon of the Reformation in his day this way: “I simply taught, preached, wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And when, while I slept, the Word so greatly weak ened the papacy that never a Prince or Emperor inflicted such damage upon it. I did nothing The Word did it all.” – Steve Lawson


How Do We Apply This to Our Life?


  1. Become Convinced of the Sufficiency of Scripture
  2. Find Biblically Solid Resources
    1. Books
    2. Podcasts
    3. Websites
    4. Ministries
    5. Counselors
  3. Bring Into Your Life & Issues the Church & Pastors

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