The five Lutheran “SOLAS” (sola, is Latin meaning “alone”)
Sola Scriptura – Scripture Alone;
Sola Fide – Faith Alone;
Sola Gratia – Grace Alone;
Solus Christus - Through Christ alone;
Soli Deo Gloria - God’s glory alone"
These are core principles that guide us to this day. We will review these guiding principles this week of Easter 6
At the center of this Christian faith is the understanding that a sinner is justified by grace alone (sola gratia) through faith alone (sola fide) for the sake of Christ alone (solus Christus), a truth revealed to us in Scripture alone (sola Scriptura).
Sola Scriptura - Scripture Alone
Not your wisdom – so how’s your plan working?
You follow a man, a person; Jesus Christ, not a book. The Holy Scriptures testify to the Word of God becoming flesh in Jesus Christ. The authority of the Lutheran church is rooted in the testimony of scripture. The Lutheran church reads that testimony through the eyes of the gospel, which is the good news of Jesus Christ who defeated death and bridged the gap between humans and God.
The greatest story ever told is the story of Christ. It is the message that God and sinners are reconciled. It is the good news as we remember that Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day. “To save us all from Satan’s power lest we should go astray!” And where do we hear this message, this story, this wonderful good news? We discover it in the Scriptures.
The Scriptures are our ultimate and trustworthy authority for faith and practice. This doesn’t mean that the Bible is the only place where truth is found, but it does mean that everything else we learn about God and his world, and all other authorities, should be interpreted in light of Scripture. The Bible gives us everything we need for our faith and life.
Every word of the 66 books of the Bible is inspired by God’s Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit also helps us to understand and obey Scripture.
The Bible is about Jesus Christ and his role as God and Savior. “For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4 See additionally, 2 Timothy 2:16; “But avoid irreverent babble, for it will lead people into more and more ungodliness.”
All we need to know concerning the saving work of Jesus Christ, His life, His work, His love comes to us through the Scriptures. Plan to read them every day. They are for us the message of salvation and life.
Collect for the Word
Blessed Lord, who hast caused all Holy Scriptures to be written for our learning, grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience and comfort of Thy holy Word we may embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which Thou hast given us in our Savior Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.
Heavenly Father, as the Ethiopian said to Philip, “How can I understand what I read except someone should guide me?”, so I must confess that I cannot understand what I read of Your Word without the Holy Spirit’s help; open my mind and heart to the Holy Spirit Whom Your Son has promised will guide into all truth, that I might grow in faith and be better prepared to give an answer for the hope that is in me, through Jesus Christ, Who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
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