Hello FPC Family!

What a great week it has been! We have officially made it to September which means we are closer to having football on the screens! As promised last week, we will now move into looking at the Bible as God’s Word and how that might impact us today. I want to begin with a quick bit of Latin, Sola Scriptura. Some of you might be familiar with this term. It is one of the five solas of the Reformation, the others being, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Solus Christus, and Soli Deo Gloria. Now going through these five solas alone would take me a year in writing letters! We will be looking at the first of the five over the coming weeks, Sola Scriptura. Now I am not a student of Latin by any stretch of the imagination BUT because I read guys who were (such as Calvin and Luther) and because I read guys who know more about Luther and Calvin then I will ever pretend to, I know that this means Scripture Only. When we say Scripture Only we mean that Scripture alone is sufficient for all of our needs. I saw a tweet by James Anderson (professor of philosophy and theology at Reformed Theological Seminary – Charlotte) he wrote, “‘Seminary didn’t prepare me for this.’ If seminary taught you how to properly handle the Word of God, and if the Word of God is sufficient for every good work, then seminary did in fact prepare you for ‘this’, even if ‘this’ was not explicitly discussed in the classroom.” 

This quote got me hard. I’ve thought about that quite a bit, about how seminary did not prepare me for a pandemic. When I read this from Dr. Anderson, it made me think about how seminary did prepare me for this. To quote the Bible, “Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, ‘Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this.’” Mordecai was telling Esther that she was being prepared for this specific time. Dr. Anderson’s tweet also helps us to grasp just how full the Bible is. It is sufficient for everything that we are going through or will go through. How amazing that we get to read the Word of our Lord.

In Christ,

Rev. Michael Morris