4 months ago
On October 31, 1517, a German monk by the name of Martin Luther nailed his theological convictions (The 95 Theses) to the Castle Church door in Wittenburg. Luther's intent was to foster debate and reform regarding the church's practices, so that they might align with the principles of Scripture. This act helped spark a revival in the Church and a reformation in Western culture. This movement became known as the Protestant Reformation.
The spiritual heritage of Reformed and Presbyterian Churches is traced back to this era. On the Sunday prior to this anniversary we celebrate Reformation Sunday. Today Reformed Churches and Christians seek to follow the five mottos of the Reformation: 1) Sola Scriptura -- Scripture Alone, 2) Solo Christo -- Christ Alone, 3) Sola Gratia -- Grace Alone, 4) Sola Fide -- Faith Alone, 5) Soli Deo Gloria -- Glory to God Alone.We heard a sermon on the five Solas, and it was a wonderful reminder. In case you enjoy these types of reminders like I do, I thought I would expound a little bit on these battle cries of the Reformation with some help from the notes I took from the sermon.