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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. As a disclaimer: I am not a big fan of the doctrine of: "Sola Scriptura". But a review should be based on the merits of the writing, not whether or not a reader agrees with the premise of the work. Another disclaimer: I am a big fan of Rob Rienow. I think he is one of the best teachers I have seen.
So I had a little tension reading the book. I think the style was engaging; it felt more like Rob was there speaking than as if I was reading a: scholarly, dry, apologetic, work; it was very engaging. I particularly appreciated chapter four. Chapter four is a place where I think that even non-fans of "sola - scriptura" will find a lot to think about and apply.
My big disagreement and bias against the doctrine of "sola scriptura" is that I think a plain reading of the text shows that Christ - commissioned people; He did not commission a book. I also happen to have, for better or for worse, a very ecumenical spirit. So I see this doctrine as one thing that divides the Eastern Churches, as well as the Roman Catholic Church from the Protestants. I see this doctrine as a non-essential. I do however appreciate other folks passion for the doctrine, and I think this book was a very good expression/defense/rationale for the doctrine.
This book is awesome! It's written with great examples to help you examine yourself.
It's a great book that defends the Bible as the ultimate handbook God has given us for parenting, marriage, kids/youth ministry, how to run church, etc. Other books are good, but a good reminder that YOU need to examine it for yourself in the Bible first. After you examine the topic, then read a book on the topic. Then keep going back to Scripture to verify.
He explains how the Bible is enough, we don't need anything else. The Bible alone helps us start on the narrow path and avoid the ditches of legalism and rebellion.
The author explains how post modernism is in our church today. Just because it feels good doesn't mean it's good. He explains how we reply too much on emotional responses.
Reviewed in the United States on February 17, 2013
Sufficient: enough to meet the needs of a situation or a proposed end. Synonyms: enough, adequate, competent--measuring up to all requirements without question (Merriam-Webster).
This book is completely competent and is enough to explain this issue effectively through personal stories, illustrations, examples and easy-to-understand language. In fact, "sufficiency" and "jurisdictional," both found in the introduction, are the toughest two words in 77 pages, so it's an easy, but insightful, read.
"Yes!" "Great Point!" "Very Good!" "Thank You!" "Amen!" "Perfect!" and "Exactly!" are jotted in my margins, along with "Sad, but true."
I especially liked what he wrote about the supernatural power of the Word, and the warnings about adding to it or taking away from it. His explanation of legalism is very helpful and, if you've ever been falsely accused of it, freeing.
Rob is confident enough in the Word to make a bold statement about Darwinian evolution and the Bible's sufficiency for science, with some great "arguments" and a logical line of reasoning.
And Rob touches on a vital area that Satan has kept too many from seeing for too long: that based on the Bible alone, "God created parents and grandparents to be the primary spiritual trainers of their children at home," not church leaders. Really? Yes, really.
So get it. Read it. Use it. It will enlighten and encourage you, and provide a great tool to help you express what you believe about the Word, and why.
Remember the children's song, "The B-I-B-L-E"? Well, that's the book for me! I stand alone on the Word of God--"a sufficient guide for every matter of faith and practice." Nothing else is its equal, its match, its companion, its partner. Nothing else measures up. Nothing else can compare because it's the B-I-B-L-E and it's enough. It's sufficient.
Over the years the Church has lost the emphasis on the sufficiency of scripture. Too often we look for answers outside of scripture alone. Rob Rienow is a master teacher who does a wonderful job explaining how we can believe the Bible alone for every matter of faith and life. He explains very clearly the definition of "Legalism." He explains the difference between "Legalism" and "Rebellion." Rob also covers in great detail the lost "Doctrine of Jurisdiction." God clearly communicates not only His mission but also His methods. God tells us what He wants done and how He wants it done. God uses four fundamental jurisdictions: the individual, the family, the local church, and government. What typically happens in our society is we assign a problem to a jurisdiction which is not consistent with scripture. As a result, we don't solve the problem. In addition, the proper jurisdiction for handling that problem loses motivation. This Doctrine of Jurisdiction explains many of the problems we're experiencing in our society today. I recommend this book for every Christian and especially for church leaders.
Reviewed in the United States on September 24, 2012
Many churches affirm the doctrines of the authority and sufficiency of Scripture. Yet many of these same churches are drifting away from the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture for faith and practice. The enticements come in many forms, some subtle, some more blatant.
Rob's focus on the sufficiency of Scripture as the foundation for addressing issues of church and family life is very wise. Anything less is like trying to build a house on sand as Jesus described in Matthew 7:26-27. Sometime a storm will come that will undermine the whole enterprise.
I pray that many who have drifted will read this book and repent for the sake and glory of our Lord Jesus Christ and for His church.
Reclaiming the Sufficiency of Scripture is a much-needed resource in the church today. Dr. Rob Rienow has masterfully shown that Scripture alone is sufficient for all areas of life in the church... not just for "preaching texts." This book should be required reading for every seminary student across this country; it would drastically change the way churches are "run" in this age of segmented-population-groups attending a building but not being a body of believers. The church is the body; this book is a healing balm for the many illnesses that have stricken it in the past hundred years.