Friday, July 24, 2009

Tony Bartolucci: Drowning in the Tiber--Part 8 and 9 are up

Part 8 and 9 of Pastor Tony Bartolucci's sermon series Drowning in the Tiber are up and ready to download. I'll be listening ASAP!


Jennie said...

Pastor Tony gives a great defense of the supremacy of scripture and the early recognition of the Canon by believers in part 8 of his series.
He gives many good scriptures and quotes in support of these truth and ends by quoting from 1 Peter 1:

22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, 24 because

“ All flesh is as grass,
And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass.
The grass withers,
And its flower falls away,
25 But the word of the LORD endures forever.”

Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

Jennie said...

He also quotes Martin Luther:
With the Word, the Spirit breathes upon my heart so that I believe.

The Squirrel said...


Tony has now posted his sermon outlines for this series at Tony Bartolucci Dot Com.


Jennie said...

Thanks, Squirrel; that will be helpful.
I commented again on your first Calvinism post, by the way:)

Jennie said...

If you go to Squirrel's link there are some good outlines of the sermons. Here are some good quotes Tony used in part 8 on Sola Scriptura.

"The church of God has no power to establish any article of faith; nor has it ever established any; nor
will it ever establish any.... The church of God has no power to confirm articles or precepts or the Holy
Writings as by a higher sanction or judicial authority; nor has it ever done this; nor will it ever do it.
Rather, the church of God is approved and confirmed by the Holy Writings as by a higher and judicial
authority." [Martin Luther]
"Accordingly, the canon is not the product of the Christian church. The church has no authority to
control, create, or define the Word of God. . . . When we understand this, we can see how erroneous it
is to suppose that the corporate church, at some council of its leaders, voted on certain documents and
constituted them the canon. The church cannot subsequently attribute authority to certain writings. It can
simply receive them as God's revealed word which, as such, always has been the church's canon.
Authority is inherent in those writings from the outset, and the church simply confesses this to be the
case." [Greg Bahnsen, The Concept and Importance of Canonicity]

Jennie said...

I'm listening to part 9, which is about the differences in the Roman Catholic and Protestant doctrines of salvation.
Pastor Tony gave a quote from Titus 3 that teaches that we are justified 'not by works of righteousness that we have done' but by God's mercy 'He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.' This was written to Titus as the pastor of the church at Crete, which was a gentile church, so Paul was not talking about works of the Jewish law, but of any kind of 'good works.'

Titus 3
4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Jennie said...

Here's a link to Pastor Tony's statement on why he is doing this sermon series:

Jennie said...

Part 9 has an interesting exposition on the passages about Abraham's justification in Romans 4, Hebrews 11, and James 2. You can listen and/or look at the outline. There is a link in Squirrel's comment for the outlines.