Welcome to church! Today we begin a new series that will focus on the five truths (or solas) of the Reformation in the 16th Century. This is rather timely as later this year will mark the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther sending his 95 theses on 31st October 1517 to the Archbishop of Mainz which has come to be known as the beginning of the Reformation and even referred to as Reformation Day.
Jason Helopoulos said, “As the reformers looked at the European Church, they saw an institution that had wandered from the heart of the gospel. And when the heart of the gospel is lost, the Christ faith is lost. Therefore these men and women were moved to put their livelihoods, homes, fortunes, and lives on the line to restore to the church the essential teachings of the gospel”.
The Reformers preserved five essential truths which we have as Latin phrases, Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone), Solus Christus (In Christ Alone), Sola Gratia (By Grace Alone), Sola Fide (Through Faith Alone), and Soli Deo Gloria (For the Glory of God Alone). We shall be looking at each of these in our series, beginning with Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) today as we consider 2 Timothy 3:14-17.
As we think about Sola Scriptura, let us be encouraged by the words of Theodore Beza (1519-1605) who said, “Your word of life has been, and still remains among us, faithfully collected in the sacred registers of the holy Scriptures…the image of your glory, the law of your kingdom, the ladder of heaven, the gate of paradise the trumpet of salvation…the treasury of piety, virtue, wisdom, consolation, and perfection”.