This coming Lord’s Day, September 24, we will begin a six week series on the Protestant Reformation. You may ask, “Why preach six sermons on the Protestant Reformation?”, so I want to share my thinking with you on why we are doing this. This October 31st marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenburg, Germany, effectively beginning what would eventually be known as the Protestant Reformation. Sadly, many Protestant Christians today have little knowledge of the Reformation, the principal issues behind it, or what it means to be Protestant at all. They know that Protestantism is different from Catholicism, but they don’t really know why.
First and foremost, the Protestant Reformation was a theological reformation. The practices of the Roman Catholic church in the 16th century that stirred Martin Luther to “protest” were broad, but the principal issues of the Reformation were theological, and they came to be summarized in what is known as the 5-Solas. Sola is a Latin term which means “alone,” so the 5 Solas are:
- Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)
- Sola Gratia (Grace Alone)
- Sola Fide (Faith Alone)
- Solus Christus (Christ Alone)
- Soli Deo Glory (to the Glory of God Alone)
We will examine each “sola” over the next six weeks leading up to Reformation Day (October 31st, 2017), with the first sermon this coming Lord’s Day serving as an introductory message that will “set the stage” for the coming weeks. This series will be biblical, historical, theological, and applicable (as all sermons should be), and I believe that we will find it immensely helpful in our personal lives as well as in the life of our church. So, invite your family and friends (both Protestant and Catholic!) to join us in our study of these glorious truths that ignited a Reformation and restored the gospel of grace to the church!