Reformation celebrates the 500-year anniversary of Martin Luther's posting of the Ninety-five Theses (October 31, 1517) on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Each week of this five-week series highlights a different theme that emerged from the resulting Protestant Reformation. The Five Solas (Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Sola Christus, and Soli Deo Gloria) work together to emphasize the importance of God’s grace as the foundation of our right relationship with Him, directly confronting the corrupted medieval theology of the time. Beginning with the solidarity of Scripture, this series discusses the question of faith versus works, the finished ministry of Christ, the priesthood of all believers, and the ultimate goal of God’s glory.
Reformation Topic:Sola Scriptura ("Scripture Alone")
Text: 2 Timothy 3:10-17; 2 Peter 3:14-18
Big Idea of the Message: The Bible is our final authority—above any other traditions or teachings—in matters of faith and conduct. It is our personal responsibility to know what it says.
Reformation Topic:Sola Gratia ("Grace Alone")
Text: Romans 3:21-31
Big Idea of the Message: While sin fractured our relationship with God, we have been made right once and for all by God’s grace. Grace, unmerited favor, is a free gift from God to us through Jesus Christ, and isn’t the result of anything we’ve done.
Reformation Topic:Sola Fide and Sola Christus ("Faith Alone" and "Christ Alone")
Text: Galatians 2:15-21
Big Idea: Justification, right relationship with God, is based on what Jesus accomplished for us. In order to receive the benefits of Jesus’ work, we must place our faith in Him—nothing more and nothing less.
Reformation Topic:Soli Deo Gloria ("To God alone be the glory")
Text: 1 Corinthians 10:23-33
Big Idea of the Message: God is glorified—recognized as praiseworthy and magnificent—through us when He saves us based on His grace. God is also glorified through us every day when we live for Him.