When the church had lost its way, some 500+ years ago, the 'Reformers' realized that it had wandered away from Jesus and from the basics of what people are to know and believe about the Christian faith. People simply didn't know.
There seems to be a LOT OF THAT GOING ON TODAY.
We want to take some time this summer and look at WHY Christians need to know some simple truths to stay truly connected to Christ. This will be for ANYONE and EVERYONE.
Beginning Sunday June 20th we will start our summer study through the very basics BEHIND THE WHY of what the church is meant to stand upon.
There is certainly more to the Christian Faith than the Five Solas, but not less. These are essential!
Here is an outline of what we will cover:
[The dates will be flexible as we prepare to change our location]
6.20.2021 | Imago Dei — God’s Image-Bearers — Genesis 1
(It all starts here!)
6.27.2021 | Sola Gratia — Saved By Grace Alone — Ephesians 2
7.4.2021 | E Pluribus Unum — Out of Many, One — Revelation 5
(Service Time 2:30pm due to facility constraints)
(BBQ from 3:30-5p)
7.11.2021 | Sola Fide — Through Faith Alone — Galatians 2
7.18.2021 | Solus Christus — In Christ Alone — Acts 2
7.25.2021 | Sola Scriptura — According to Scripture Alone — 2 Timothy 3
8.1.2021 | Soli Deo Gloria — For the Gloria of God Alone — Philippians 2
8.8.2021 | Missio Dei — On God’s Mission — Matthew 28.18–20
(The 'in order to what' motivation for it all.)
This is a wonderful teaching and TRAINING OPPORTUNITY for anyone seeking to know more about the Christian walk. Whether a seasoned follower of Jesus or someone simply seeking to know more about Christianity, this is FOR YOU!
COME JOIN US! And invite a friend to come with you.
To help you get started, HERE IS SOME MORE INFORMATION about the Five Solas study.
Imago Dei reminds us that we are made in the very image of God! (Genesis 1:26-28) It all must start here. What you think about God, and what you believe He thinks about you (Isaiah 43:1, John 15:15) may be the most important thing about you. The image that was marred in a garden, will be perfected in Christ as He redeems, renews and restores all things.
Sola gratia emphasizes grace as the reason for our salvation. In other words, salvation comes from what God has done rather than what we do. Ephesians 2:8-9 teaches, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
E Pluribus Unum is a phrase that has been part of you national heritage since 1782. But it has been part of God's plan from the beginning (Genesis 12:1-3). And He will see His plan accomplished right through to the end of time (Revelation 5:9–12). [NOTE - because of some facility issues on this 4th of July holiday, the service time may be adjusted to 2:30-3:30 with a BBQ from 3:30-5p].
Sola fide emphasizes salvation as a free gift. The religion of the day emphasized works-based salvation to 'buy status' with God. Good works, including baptism, were seen as required for salvation. Sola fide stated that salvation is a free gift to all who accept it by faith (John 3:16). Salvation is not based on human effort or good deeds (Ephesians 2:9).
Solo Christo (sometimes listed as Solus Christus, “through Christ alone”) emphasizes the role of Jesus in salvation. The religion of the day had placed church leaders such as priests in the role of intercessor between the laity and God. Reformers emphasized Jesus’ role as our “high priest” who intercedes on our behalf before the Father. Hebrews 4:15 teaches, “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin.” Jesus is the One who offers access to God, not a human spiritual leader.
Sola scriptura emphasizes the Bible alone as the source of authority for Christians. By saying, “Scripture alone,” the Reformers rejected both the divine authority of the religion of the day and confidence in sacred religious activity or tradition. Only the Bible was “inspired by God” (2 Peter 1:20-21) and “God-breathed” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Anything religiously taught or in tradition that contradicted the Bible was to be rejected. Sola scriptura also fueled the translation of the Bible into German, French, English, and other languages, and prompted Bible teaching in the common languages of the day.
Soli Deo gloria emphasizes the glory of God as the goal of life. Rather than striving to please church leaders, keep a list of rules, or guard our own interests, our goal is to glorify the Lord. The idea of soli Deo gloria is found in 1 Corinthians 10:31: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
Missio Dei reminds us that God is telling a grand and glorious story. And you are in it! Your very life gives witness of His glory (Acts 1:8).