Matthew Barrett

Professor, Author, Pastor

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Historians and theologians alike have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were five declarations (or “solas”) that distinguished the movement from other expressions of the Christian faith.

Five hundred years later, we live in a different time with fresh challenges to our faith. Yet these rallying cries of the Reformation continue to speak to us, addressing a wide range of contemporary issues. The Five Solas series will help you understand the historical and biblical context of the five solas and how to live out the relevance of Reformation theology today.

In God’s Word Alone—The Authority of Scripture, scholar and pastor Matthew Barrett looks at the historical and biblical roots of the doctrine that Scripture alone is the final and decisive authority for God’s people. He examines the development of this theme in the Reformation and traces the crisis that followed resulting in a shift away from the authority of Scripture. Barrett shows that we need to recover a robust doctrine of Scripture’s authority in the face of today’s challenges and why a solid doctrinal foundation built on God’s Word is the best hope for the future of the church.

Praise for God's Word Alone

“Barrett draws in the Bible’s own Trinitarian, covenantal, and salvation-historical themes to offer a persuasive alternative to various attempts to evade scriptural authority.”

Michael Horton

“Barrett’s knowledge is very broad and his position thoroughly biblical.”

John Frame

“It is a massive understatement to say this book is much needed today. I cannot recommend it too highly.”

Sam Storms

“Barrett here covers all the theological bases – biblical, historical, and systematic – as one might expect of a home run.”

Kevin Vanhoozer

“This book – what a feast!”

Robert W Yarbrough

“Barrett… competently demonstrates the relevance of the doctrine of Scripture in our day.”

D. A. Carson


“Matthew Barrett’s God’s Word Alone is a faithful restatement of the Reformation doctrine of Sola Scriptura. Barrett carefully and compellingly argues for the divine inspiration and ultimate authority of Scripture. Barrett also shows that Scripture claims for itself the attributes of inerrancy, clarity, and sufficiency. He does all of this with careful attention to the modern theological challenges that have attempted to overthrow a biblical doctrine of Scripture. This is the type of book of which the Reformers would have been proud. This is the type of book the church needs today.”

R. Albert Mohler Jr.