Here I Stand: Luther and Sola Scriptura

Here I Stand: Luther and Sola Scriptura

In April of 1521, Martin Luther took his stand at the Diet of Worms and declared that his conscience was captive to the Word of God alone. This resource collection highlights the significance of Luther’s unwavering devotion to Scripture five hundred years later and examines the absolute authority of the Bible for faith and life.

  • Biblical Authority Article by Stephen Nichols

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2017

    It’s one of those moments we wish we could have seen firsthand. It took place in the square before the Water Gate. At daybreak, Ezra brought out the law. He unrolled the scroll and began reading. He kept on until noon, and all the while the great crowd gave their rapt attention. The law was read, interpreted, and studied. Nehemiah 8, which records this event, also tells us that this Bible study session resulted in worship. The people were humbled, and their faces looked to the ground. They bowed before God as He revealed Himself in His holy Word. This … View Resource

  • The Divine Foundation of Authority Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2009

    You’re out!” “I’m safe!” “Out!” “Safe!” “Out!” “It’s my ball, and it’s my bat, and I say that I’m safe.” This is how we settled disputes over plays in our pickup baseball games played without the benefit of a referee or umpire. When a disputed play could not be resolved through reason or through yelling, the one who possessed the equipment usually determined the outcome. It was a child’s game in which might made right. It was the nascent expression of the cynical statement: “He who owns the gold, rules.” These illustrations indicate that at some level ownership is involved in … View Resource

  • Heed the Prophetic Word Sermon by R.C. Sproul

    2 Peter 1:19-21

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  • Here I Stand Audio Message by R.C. Sproul

    When is compromise never an option? At what point do you take your final stand? Dr. Sproul takes us to when Luther faced a crisis moment when his convictions were challenged by leaders of the church, and reminds us of that momentous occasion when he declared, “Here I Stand.” View Resource

  • Here I Stand Video Message by Steven Lawson

    In every generation, new attacks on the veracity of Scripture arise, and the church faces a choice. Will she stand firm on the inspired Word of God, or will she capitulate to the Spirit of the Age? In this message, Dr. Steven Lawson explains why the church must never compromise her commitment to the inspired and inerrant Word of God, but rather remain firm in the face of all challenges. View Resource

  • Martin Luther (Part 2) Audio Message by R.C. Sproul

    Our Lord has not left His church without leaders to point us back to the great truths of God revealed in Scripture. Seven of these men are held in especially high esteem because of their witness at critical points in church history. Dr. R.C. Sproul explores the lives of these men, showing us how they model integrity to a world bereft of true heroes. View Resource

  • Martin Luther (Part 2) Video Message by John Gerstner

  • Paul in Jerusalem Sermon by R.C. Sproul

    Galatians 1:18-24

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  • Scripture Alone Video Message by R.C. Sproul

    Christians ought to submit to the authority given them by Christ. But what happens when those in authority teach things contrary to the Word of God? Is there a higher court to which we can appeal? The answer is yes. The appeal was made in the sixteenth century and the motion still carries. Reformers call this Sola Scriptura. That’s the Latin slogan for Scripture alone. Dr. Sproul teaches us about this in the message entitled “Scripture Alone.” View Resource

  • Standing for the Truth Audio Message by Steven Lawson

    At the Diet of Worms, Martin Luther was confronted with a choice between obeying the Word of God or the words of men. By God’s grace, Luther persevered and stood for the truth despite the high cost. In so doing, Luther showed us that we must be people of conviction and courage, committing ourselves to God’s Word both in our words and actions. This session will look at God’s call for His people to stand courageously on His Word and consider Luther’s example at Worms as an example for us. View Resource

  • Am I Alone Wise? by W. Robert Godfrey

    How can it be that centuries of popes and church councils got the gospel wrong? In this brief clip, W. Robert Godfrey examines the question that haunted Martin Luther throughout the Reformation.

  • The Moment of Truth by Steven Lawson

    When Martin Luther was summoned by Holy Roman Emperor Charles V to appear before the imperial diet in Worms, Germany, in April 1521, he ...

  • Worms by Stephen Nichols

    The city of Worms is known as the site of Martin Luther’s courageous stand against the Roman Catholic Church and the Holy Roman emperor. A monument in the city now commemorates this historic moment. Recorded on location in Germany, Stephen Nichols introduces us to the four figures who adorn the four corners of the Reformation monument in Worms.