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The ITEM logo features the Bible, which is at the center of the logo and at the center of the ministry. Right below the logo is the Latin phrase Sola Scriptura. According to Wikipedia:

"Sola scriptura (Latin ablative, "by scripture alone") is the doctrine that the Bible contains all knowledge necessary for salvation and holiness. Consequently, sola scriptura demands only those doctrines are to be admitted or confessed that are found directly within or indirectly by using valid logical deduction or valid deductive reasoning from scripture. However, sola scriptura is not a denial of other authorities governing Christian life and devotion. Rather, it simply demands that all other authorities are subordinate to, and are to be corrected by, the written word of God. Sola scriptura was a foundational doctrinal principle of the Protestant Reformation held by the Reformers and is a formal principle of Protestantism today."

During our training, we immediately establish the Word of God as our authoritative and final authority in opposition to those who claim that dreams, visions, and new revelations are also ways that God regularly communicates with His followers today. At our seminars we donít only use verses out of the Bible, we study the Bible in context by surveying the Old and New Testaments, studying large relevant passages, and even overviewing several complete books in the New Testament. We want our students to see the verses we use in their original contexts.

Below Sola Scriptura is II Timothy 3:16 and 17, which reads:

"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work."

We take these verses at face value.

Verse 16 explains that the Bible is Godís one and only inspired (therefore inerrant and infallible) revelation to His creation, and it is profitable for all that is necessary to live the Christian life as God intends.

Verse 17 explains that the inspired Scriptures alone (Sola Scriptura) are all that the man of God, the pastor primarily and all followers of Christ generally, need to be adequate and equipped to serve others, both those inside and outside of the church.