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what is a biblical principle?



Sola Scriptura: The Scripture Alone is the Standard

The doctrine that the Bible alone is the ultimate authority was the "Formal Principle" of the Reformation.  

Soli Deo Gloria:  For the Glory of God Alone

The Reformation reclaimed the Scriptural teaching of the sovereignty of God over every aspect of the believer's life.

Solo Christo:  By Christ's Work Alone are We Saved

The Reformation called the church back to faith in Christ as the sole mediator between God and man.

Sola Gratia: Salvation by Grace Alone

A central cry of the Reformation was salvation by grace.  

Sola Fide: Justification by Faith Alone

The "Material Principle" of the Reformation was justification by faith alone.

Introspection or Self-Worship?  There is a difference.  To constantly praise and thank Him for what He has done is to focus on Him.  To constantly live in the realm of my unworthiness focuses on me….self-worship…the subtlety of Satan.  

Self-Worship of the Most Unlikely Type

Should We Prepare for Uncertain Events of the Future?

What should a Christian be prepared for?  Well, there are many possibilities.  We are supposed to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves.

A principle is defined as a basic truth, law, or assumption.  The clearest example of principles that we find in the Bible is the Ten Commandments.  The Ten Commandments are laws that God holds everyone responsible for obeying.  There are additional principles in Scripture that are not listed specifically as such.  These are the Biblical truths we glean from Scripture when we read it and most often, the Holy Spirit points them out and applies them specifically to our lives.


There is one other thing we should know about principles and law.  The law of God never changes, but man-made laws do change.  Since all laws are based on principals and principles never change, it is even more incumbent on us to operate from Biblical principles.


Hebrews 5:12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food,….


Hebrews 6:1-2 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,  Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.


In our weekly teaching of the Word of God, we uncover Biblical principles.  This section of our website will list and track the Biblical principles as we discover them in the Word.  Our prayer is that we live and act on principles in every situation, instead of subjective feelings and emotions that come and go and change with time.