Sermons

Five Solas

Five Solas
Feb 2016 - Mar 2016
Next year, 2017 will mark the 500 anniversary of a monk and mallet changing the world. When Martin Luther nailed his 95 thesis to Wittenberg, a rediscovery was begun. The medieval church both through ignorance and malice had distorted the gospel. The reformation solidified around five simple but profound truths - the 5 Solas. We want to take a few weeks to revisit these truths. And by doing so not only discover our heritage but more importantly return to basic of Christianity. Will you join us?

Sermons in this series

Soli Deo Gloria: Glory to God Alone
Sun, Mar 20, 2016
Duration:53 mins
So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV) We have some weird phrases as Christians. These phrases make sense to us - sorta. If we don’t understand them, we still all nod like we all get it. One that I always wonder about is when people talk or ask me about my "call to the ministry." You almost get the feeling as if being a pastor is so different, so set-apart, so sacred, that in order to get into this special club, you need a divine invitation. You need to hear God audibly tell you or have a message written in the sky for you. I wonder sometimes if we talk this way because we don’t really understand the final Sola, Soli Deo Gloria or Glory to God Alone. In this series, we have been examining these five Latin phrases that formed the core of the Protestant Reformation nearly 500 years ago. The last of these phrases directs us to praise and boast in the one that has initiated, accomplished, and completed our salvation - God Alone. This week we will dig into this idea. I’d encourage you to read through the close of Romans 11 (specifically verses 33-35) to see Paul expand this idea. I also want to encourage you to be giving out invitations to family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors for the upcoming Easter weekend. This is a great opportunity to invite someone to come with you to explore the life, death, and resurrection of Christ and its significance in our lives. It’s gonna be a great weekend.
Solus Christus: Christ Alone
Sun, Mar 13, 2016
Duration:43 mins
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV) History is filled with unique, important personalities. In fact, history really could be written as the biography of a few. It’s these individuals who shape nations and cultures. They lead sometimes for the betterment of humanity and sometimes towards it's demise. Scripture records some of these people’s lives. However, in reality, all of human history is really the story of two men - Adam and Christ. And the rest of humanity lines up behind them. This week we examine the idea of Solus Christus or Christ Alone. In this truth we explore the important unique role that Christ plays in salvation. If you have ever wondered why our services are filled with Christ’s name and references to his works, this week you should find out. If you want to get a preview, I’d encourage you to read through Romans 5.
Sola Fide: Faith Alone
Sun, Mar 06, 2016
Duration:55 mins
What then shall we say was gained by Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh? For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” -- (Romans 4:1-3 ESV) Trust is a major issue in our time. All you need to do is listen to any coverage of this year's elections to see it. Who do you trust? Are they telling the truth? Do I trust them enough to put my vote of confidence behind them? Our trust and faith however extends beyond our politics. They are vital in our spiritual life as well. This week we take a look at the third Sola - Sola Fide or Faith Alone. This theological maxim continues to define the gospel for us. This week we will open up Romans 4 to look at this truth. I want to encourage you to take a few minutes to slowly read through the passage. If you have more time, go back to Genesis 15 and explore the reference that Paul is making to Abraham. How did he come into a right relationship with God? This is going to be a vital week to understand where we place our trust for ultimate realities. Plan to be with us. And invite someone to come along!
Sola Gratia: By Grace Alone
Sun, Feb 28, 2016
Duration:56 mins
No eye pitied you, to do any of these things to you out of compassion for you, but you were cast out on the open field, for you were abhorred, on the day that you were born. (Ezekiel 16:5 ESV) To be honest, some passages of scripture are hard to read. Not because they contain a lot of names or places you can’t pronounce or can’t find, but because you see yourself in them so clearly. And what you see isn’t pretty. Looking in the mirror is hard to do. And when that exposure comes at the depth of our soul it can be frightening and depressing. But to honestly deal with ourselves and our standing before God, we must stare into the face of sin. For me, Ezekiel 16 is one of those passages. It chronicles the birth, growth, maturity, and betrayal of the nation of Israel. In their experience I see my own heart wandering and worshiping things other than God. It’s a sad but true indictment of our true status. I want to encourage you to take a look. Don’t skim the details and don’t point fingers but accept the reality of what it reveals. What makes this chapter even more amazing to me is how it ends. So don’t get stuck in the middle. Read this all the way to the end because the ending begs the question, ‘Why in the world would God act like this to such a people?’ This week, in our 5 Solas series, we will look at Sola Gratia (latin for Grace Alone). That passage gives you a little clue as to why.
Sola Scriptura: Scripture Alone
Sun, Feb 21, 2016
Duration:56 mins
The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; -- (Psalm 19:7-8 ESV) 499 years ago, with a lengthy list, a bible, and the hope of the gospel, a monk by the name of Martin Luther began a movement that would transform the landscape of Christianity. He had experienced the reality of grace in his own life and he was angered by the counterfeits that he saw around him. As his voice grew, others joined him. Together, their cries for reformation formulated around five key truths. Over the next five weeks, we are going to explore each of these. We will come to see that they continue to be important and relevant. This week, we are going to explore the first of these truths, known in Christianity as Sola Scriptura. Take some time to read through Psalm 19. We will be exploring this psalm and other passages as we discover how God has revealed himself to us. Why don’t you consider inviting someone to come along?
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