• The Authority of Scripture, Part 1: The Doctrine of Inspiration Media Resource by

    2 Timothy 3:16-17

    Higher criticism, the branch of literary investigation that seeks to discover the world behind the text, rose to prominence in seventeenth-century Germany. Yet, the motivation for the implementation of this form of study, the denial of biblical inspiration and inerrancy, has a much longer history. Human beings have tried to deny the inspiration of God’s Word for ages because they cannot abide God’s authority over them. As today’s lesson demonstrates, the origin of Scripture in God necessitates its authority over all creation, and only two responses may follow: Spirit-inspired acceptance or denial. View Resource

  • The Authority of Scripture, Part 2: The Doctrine of Inerrancy Media Resource by

    Numbers 23:19

    For many years, mainline academia has issued attacks against the Bible through the various fields of study, such as history and archaeology. The lack of archaeological evidence supporting Scripture’s claims as well as its attestation of supernatural events form just a few of the arrows shot by those seeking to poke holes in the positions of inspiration and inerrancy. Although engagement in these intellectual debates is appropriate and useful, at the end of the day, once all the objections have been leveled and answered, satisfactory to some or not, the most important question must float to the surface and receive … View Resource

  • Revelation: Where Would We Be Without It? Media Resource by

    1 Thessalonians 2:13

    Romans 1:19-21 to demonstrates, among other things, the nature of revelation and the benefits and demands flowing from it. All men witness the glory of God and owe Him allegiance, for the oceans, mountains, and forests attest to His existence and authority as much as the consciousness that absorbs and categorizes these experiences. No man possesses excuse. Nonetheless, he proceeds to explain that this revelation, known as general revelation, does not lead to salvation, for sin has corrupted man’s ability to acknowledge the Lord as God. View Resource

  • Scripture for Life: The Sufficiency of Scripture Media Resource by

    1 Peter 1:22-25

    The concept that an ancient book might offer sufficiency for life rubs against the grain of our postmodern culture. How can one source possess all the answers for life, let alone an archaic, outdated text? Behind this question lies the desire for the individual to choose what is sufficient, a grasp for autonomy that began with our first parents in the garden of Eden. They sought to cast off the yoke of the Lord, which they considered heavy and unnecessary, and instead they exalted themselves to the place of their Creator, arbiters of sufficiency. This sin remains alive today, compelling … View Resource

  • Why Sixty-Six Books? The Development of the Canon Media Resource by

    Luke 24:44

    The past few decades have witnessed a resurgence of criticism against the authority of the canon of Scripture. Books like The da Vinci Code seek to undermine the foundations of Christianity by shedding doubt on the cornerstone of its structure: the Word of God. Sadly, these critiques generally invent lies and falsify information to create “persuasive” arguments against the authority of Scripture, and one of the most common areas in which this occurs is the canonization process of the Bible. Yet, as this lesson demonstrates, the early church faced similar problems and struggles as they received God’s Word, and the … View Resource

  • Why So Many Interpretations? The Clarity of Scripture & Interpretation Media Resource by

    1 Corinthians 2:8-10

    You may hear people in certain circles of evangelicalism claim that they do not need teachers or instructors of Scripture, for, as Jeremiah says, “And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more” (Jer. 31:34). The New Testament affirms Jeremiah’s message, and it explains that the fundamental message of the gospel is clear and easy to understand if the Holy Spirit … View Resource

  • Questions & Answers Media Resource by

    More than a history lesson, Dr. Nichols helps believers understand why the Reformation mattered then and matters now. Questions covered in this section are: 1. If the Reformers profiled in this series could speak to us, what would be their most urgent message to us today?2. What is the greatest threat to Sola Scriptura in the church today?3. How would the Reformed faith rebut the Roman Catholic argument that Protestant doctrine is not as settled as theirs?4. What happened to Puritanism in the United States? Why didn’t they remain faithful? View Resource

  • Sola Fide: Lady Jane Grey & the Rediscovery of Justification by Faith Media Resource by

    Romans 3:21-27

    After witnessing the remarkable deliverance of Paul and Silas from his prison, the Philippian jailer cried out to Paul, “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). They responded, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household” (v.31). Their exhortation to the Philippian jailer demonstrates that salvation comes through grace by faith alone. The Word of God is replete with similar assertions, and these instances enabled Lady Jane Grey to confront death with confidence that the salvation of her soul rested in the hands of her Savior and not her own. View Resource

  • Sola Gratia: Ulrich Zwingli & the Rediscovery of Grace Media Resource by

    Most religious convictions in popular culture boil down to some activity or practice on the part of the individual to better their circumstances or perspective on life. Regardless of the manifestation of the principle, it all simmers down to this fact: mankind continually looks internally for solutions that he can only find externally. In the sixteenth century, the Roman Catholic Church rested under this misapprehension. It had created a system of merit integral for salvation and incumbent upon works. The weight of these demands crushed Christians throughout Europe. View Resource

  • Sola Scriptura: Martin Luther & The Rediscovery of the Authority of Scripture Media Resource by

    In the early sixteenth century, illiteracy was the norm across Europe, and this condition existed even amongst the clergy, teachers of God’s Word. Yet, despite the enormity of this problem, a deeper dilemma remained: the place of the Word of God had shifted in the Roman Catholic Church. No longer did the Bible stand as the central authority upon which the Christian life rested. Tradition, much of it corrupt and driven by the financial bankruptcy of the papal seat in Rome, had displaced it. God, in His gracious providence, did not allow this condition to persist. View Resource

  • Soli Deo Gloria: Glorifying God in Everything Media Resource by

    Psalm 115:1

    In 1 Corinthians 10:31, Paul says, “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Do you find yourself divorcing your “religious life” from your “normal life”? Paul’s exhortation makes this condition impossible, for every thought, word, and deed contributes to the Christian task of glorifying God. The Reformers of the sixteenth and seventeenth century knew this principle well, for they recovered it with much struggle from the Roman Catholic Church. Soli Deo Gloria, “the glory of God alone,” drove them in every area of life, and they find this call a privilege bestowed on them by the grace … View Resource

  • Solus Christus: John Calvin & the Blessing of Christ Alone Media Resource by

    In the United States and many other affluent countries, people avoid facing mortality, anesthetizing themselves in a multitude of ways. In the sixteenth century, this option generally did not exist, and John Calvin stood as no exception. He and his family struggled with illness and death throughout their lives, eventually succumbing to it earlier than expected. Nonetheless, Calvin clung to the promise of eternal life, letting it infuse and shape everything he did. He understood the principle of solus Christus (“Christ alone”), believing that the blessing of salvation by grace through faith alone awaits those who cling to our Lord … View Resource

  • Why the Reformation Matters Media Resource by

    The church today faces problems similar to the church of yesteryear, albeit packaged and branded in different forms. A careful study of the history of the church prepares and equips its members to face the difficulties of its own day. The Reformation of the sixteenth century emphasized a return to the Word of God as a remedy for the theological deficiencies of the Roman Catholic Church, and Dr. Nichols embarks on this series to assist the current church by understanding the solas of the Reformation and their place for the people of God in all ages. View Resource