On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses (complaints) against the Roman Catholic Church of the day on the doors of All Saints Church in Wittenberg, Germany. That might seem like a strange way to offer protest against the way that the church was functioning but it was practice in that day to post a disputation on the doors of that church to engage in intellectual conversation.
In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, we will take time to examine the core theological convictions that arose during that time and which still speak to us today. Through time they have been gathered together and identified as the “5 Solas”. Sola is the Latin word for “alone” and the ideas developed as counter to the teachings of the church then. We will look at each of the five:
1. Grace Alone:
2. Faith Alone:
3. Scripture Alone:
4. Christ Alone:
5. God’s Glory Alone:
These are not 500-year-old, tired ideas but they still have enormous applications for our lives today. Beginning on Reformation Sunday, we will think about how we can practically live out of them and why they are important.