is the Bible alone enough?
Feb 09, 2016
Karl Dahlfred wrote an excellent post: “Is the Bible alone really enough for Christian life and faith?”In it he notes those in the Protestant tradition firmly hold to the idea of Sola Scriptura–that “Scripture alone is authoritative and sufficient for teaching and leading the Christian life.” As he helpfully highlights, we generally equate this with inerrancy (authoritative). But equally important is sufficiency. One of the key elements of Disciple Making Movement thinking is the Discovery Bible Study. This is a form of inductive group study. A very rough outline of the process of an oral DBS (you can also do a written process) is as follows:</p>
There’s more to a DBS than just this, but these are the important points. There are certain assumptions critical to the success of a DBS. Here are a few:</p>
DBS does not mean Bible teachers are wrong or bad. We should all be learning from each other, and from others; books and published studies are ways to access the wisdom of many. I have learned much from the writings of people like C. S. Lewis, N. T. Wright, Beth Moore, and Tim Keller, to name just a few. That said, the power of DBS is that it gets us into the text itself, and teaches us to listen to the revelation of God, which is profitable for application to daily life. Sola Scriptura means Scripture is all we need. Reading endless commentaries, studies, books, and hymns on 1 Corinthians 13 isn’t the point of life–the point is to live it out, and for that, we need little more than the text itself and a willingness to put it into practice on a daily basis. </p>