The material principle of the Reformation is found in Romans 5:1. This is the principle of Faith which is the cornerstone of Christianity. It is the key that unlocks all the other Solas. Without faith, it is impossible to please God : we can never earn his favour or forgiveness by works. Only by faith in Christ, are we justified and deemed righteous in the sight of God.
The incredible truth of the gospel message hinges on the amazing gift of grace. By grace, we have been saved - and this is not something to be earned but is a gift freely given by God and received through faith! By the 16th century, this truth had been discarded and replaced by the belief that grace must be earned. The Reformation was a pivotal church history in order to turn eyes and hearts back to the foundations of the Christian faith, and to Grace Alone.
This week's message continues in our study of that remarkable and historic event in the history of the Protestant Church - the Reformation. Pastor Robbie turns our attention to the next of the Five Solas - Solo Cristo or 'Christ Alone'. Listen as we explore why Solo Christo has often been referred to as the 'linchpin' of the Five Solas. In Christ Alone, salvation is found and this truth is foundational to our faith.
500 years ago, a great revolution of spiritual renewal and revival occurred throughout Europe. This was the time of the Reformation and its impact is still felt today. It is important not only to remember what took place but to also be reminded how this time in history continues to influence how we as Christians are to walk forward in our faith, guarding the precious message and powerful truth of the gospel: the key to eternal life. We begin this in study of the Five Solas with the first: Sola Scriptura -Scripture Alone.