Reformation 500: The 5 Solas
We begin a three-part sermon series about the Protestant Reformation, as we approach the 500th anniversary of its beginning. In late October of 1517, Martin Luther wanted to generate some discussion about theology and practices of the Church of his day that he had come to believe were in error. That discussion changed the course of Western civilization and, in many ways, the world. Those who became protestors within the Church, or Protestants, were eventually kicked out, so they started meeting and acting as Protestant congregations.
We begin by looking at five slogans that summarized what the Protestant Reformation came to hold as its core beliefs. These were the five "Solas." Sola is Latin for "only" or "alone." They are sola scriptura, sola fides, sola gratia, solus Christus, and soli Deo gloria, or Scripture alone, faith alone, grace alone, Christ alone, and to God alone be glory. The sermon explores what these mean, particularly in contrast to the theology they were intended to replace, and also what they mean for believers today.