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Title: The Authority of Scripture Part II

Text: 2 Timothy 3:16

Proposition:

Since the sole source of authority of Scripture is God Himself, every Christian is ought to make Scripture
the sole authority of their lives.

Introduction:

The great Reformer Martin Luther was known of his defiance to recant his statements. He rather said
that, "Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reasonI do not accept the authority of popes and
councils, for they have contradicted each othermy conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot
and I will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me.
Amen.

Authority is the power or right to do something, says Oxford Dictionary. In a biblical perspective, original
authority and ultimate authority reside with God and God alone. God did not inherit His authority-there
was no one to bequeath it to Him. God did not receive His authority-there was no one to bestow it to
Him. What does the authority of Scripture mean to us:

I. Protection
The pastor is the one commissioned by God to teach, protect and defend Scripture. The
moment that the pastor abandons the authority of Scripture, the church is in great danger.

II. Guidance
Recognising the authority of Scripture gives a sense of guidance. If we know that the Word
of God is trustworthy, we will secure ourselves on its unchanging promises.

III. Comfort
Understanding the authority of Scripture also gives us true comfort.

Conclusion:
Unless an average Christian fully understands the meaning of the authority of Scripture, he will not fully
appreciate the impact of it in his Christian life.