How the 5 Solas Change Our Churches

How the 5 Solas Change Our Churches

500 years ago, an agitated and gospel-awakened monk hammered ninety-five thoughts to a door. And this changed the world. Here I am, writing about it. Here you are, reading about it. TGC is throwing a conference on it. Amazing.

The Reformation was an incredible act of God’s mercy. The Lord used clay pots like Luther, Calvin, and Zwingli, to pour forth and display the glories of his grace. The recovery of the pure gospel is what we remember—what we live.

Many blessings and gifts flowed from Germany, Geneva, and from places not so famous. The Five Solas of the Reformation are a perennial reality and gift. These Latin rally cries of the Reformation cannot be forgotten. They shaped Protestantism.

  • Sola Scripture: Scripture Alone
  • Sola Fide: Faith Alone
  • Sola Gratia: Grace Alone
  • Solus Christus: Christ Alone
  • Soli Deo Gloria: Glory to God Alone

The Solas were the banners Protestants waved in the Reformation. Sadly, it’s like these banners are now hanging in the rafters of our churches. The Solas aren’t meant to be neat phrases on our websites. The Solas are designed to be on-the-ground, in the culture, in the bloodstream of our churches. They should still shape us.

Practical Solas

In this series, I want us to look at each of the Solas, not as distant theological affirmations, but as distinct, present, flavor, and fuel in the life of our churches.

How does Sola Scriptura change our preaching style and sermon series ideas? How does Sola Scriptura reform the way church members handle their different opinion and theological disagreements?

How does Christ Alone transform our biblical counseling ministries? How does Christ Alone change the curriculum in our children’s ministries?

Shouldn’t Grace Alone create a gracious church? How can Sola Fide flip the way we talk about suffering or spiritual disciplines? Does Soli Deo Gloria matter to our mission trips and missions dollars?

Living The Solas

Join me in this new blog series on the Solas. Next week, we will look at Sola Scriptura. If we genuinely believe these five banners, they will be lived. More than affirmed, they will be acted on. Personally. Church-wide.

Let’s live the Solas in our churches, in our lives, in our communities—this is what it means to be Protestant, to be Reformed, to live for the glory of God.

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