On Sunday we covered our second core value: God-centered theology. We are passionate God-centered theology, which places the priority on God and the glory of God above all things in any theological discussion or understanding of Scripture that we hold. We prefer the “God-centered theology” designation over “reformed theology” simply because we would rather connect a priority as we approach Scripture than a particular label or system. However, our understanding of the doctrine of Scripture, doctrine of God and doctrine of salvation come to us through the reformed tradition. We looked on Sunday at what was recovered during the reformation, which began with Martin Luther and God’s amazing work in and through his life. Below are the 5 “Sola” statements we covered on Sunday. We also covered the centrality and priority of God in the planning, accomplishing, applying and initiating our salvation. How encouraging and comforting it is to know that God has loved us and chosen us and saved us and adopted us into His family and will preserve us to the end all through His Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ! You can listen to or download the sermon here and I hope you are encouraged by the greatness of our God and the grace that has come to you in salvation.
5 Sola’s of the Reformation
1. Sola Scriptura: Scripture Alone (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
We believe the Scriptures alone are the innerant, infallible, authoritative, and sufficient word of God and in Scripture we find all that we need for faith and practice.
2. Sola Gratia: Grace Alone (Ephesians 2:5,9)
We believe we are saved by grace alone, not by works of the law or by anything good done by us to earn or deserve God’s favor.
3. Sola Fide: Faith Alone (Ephesians 2:9; Romans 4:1-5)
We believe we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone. Faith is the gift of God through which all the saving merits of Christ come to us. We are saved by through faith and not through any other means.
4. Solus Christus: Christ Alone (1 Timothy 2:5; John 14:6)
We believe we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone. Jesus is the Way the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father except through Him. Through faith in Christ and His saving work on our behalf is how any can be saved.
5. Soli deo Gloria: To the Glory of God Alone (Eph. 1; Romans 11:33-36)
We believe that we are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone for the glory of God alone! All things exist for the glory of God including our salvation. We are chosen and saved and forgiven and adopted all to the praise of His glorious grace!
Here are some questions to consider from the sermon:
1. What is the importance of the word “alone” in these statements?
2. What happens to these doctrines if “alone” isn’t included?
3. When you consider HOW you are saved, what difference does it make to know that it was all from God from first to last? What effect does it have on your heart to place God at the center and as the priority in your understanding of how salvation happens?
Have a grace-filled week!