In part 2 of our look at "Sola Gratia," this message focuses on the importance of this statement--particularly in view of the recent ceremony held on July 5, 2017 in which the Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification was signed by Roman Catholic Church officials and the heads of mainline denominational Protestant groups. Because of the modern-day ecumenical movement towards accommodation and compromise, it is critical that born-again believers understand the issues that are at stake and stand courageously where the Reformers did on the doctrine of salvation--"Sola Gratia."
Part of the series:
The Reformation - 5 Solas
This sermon series looks at the "5 Solas" that were the rallying cry of the Protestant Reformation and ought to be the personal conviction of ever born-again believer today!
Synopsis: One of the beneficial results of the Protestant Reformation was the deliverance of five Latin statements that represented the five core values embraced by those who rejected the excesses, abuses and heretical teachings of the Roman Catholic Church -- especially with regard to the doctrine of salvation. These same five core values ought to be embraced today as fundamental convictions and lived out by every genuine born-again believer. So it is entirely appropriate for us as Baptists to look at these and remember the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation in that light. In this first message, we look at "Sola Scriptura," meaning, "The Scriptures Alone" or "Only the Scriptures."
Synopsis: This second message in this Reformation series continues looking at the first "Sola," "The Scriptures Alone" (Sola Scriptura). This message answers the questions, "Why the need for this conviction today?" "Why should this be an area of concern for us?" and "Why should we stand upon this principle of truth as a matter of personal and corporate conviction?" It may surprise you to learn of some areas in which this principle of truth is being compromised today.
Synopsis: Sola Gratia, meaning "By [God's] Grace Alone" or "Only By [God's] Grace," is the second of five "Solas" that are being looked at this month as the 500th year anniversary of Martin Luther's postings of his 95 theses approaches. This message looks at the meaning of the statement, "Sola Gratia," and the need for it. If we are to grasp the significance of this Sola, we need first to understand the concept of grace or "Gratia."
Synopsis: Sola Fide meaning "By Faith Alone" was the central issue of the Reformation. It refers to the means or the channel through which salvation comes. The object of faith determines the value of faith. The only worthy object of our faith is Christ and His finished work alone. Faith in faith, faith in a creed, faith in a church, faith in one's works, faith in another man's religious pronouncements all share the same fatal flaw: they terminate in man--what he has said or what he has done--and are all unacceptable alternatives that God rejects.
Synopsis: This final message in the "Sola" series focuses on "Soli Deo Gloria, meaning "Glory to God Alone" or "To God Alone Be Glory." Two main questions are covered: 1) Why is the Glory of God the intended goal in a sinner's salvation? and 2) What is the response God intends man to give when he is saved?