Five Solas

Sola Scriptura – Scripture Alone: We teach that the Bible alone is our final authority for faith and life. While God has revealed Himself in nature, it is in the Bible alone that we learn who He is, what He has done for us in Christ, and what His will is for our lives. The Bible alone can bind man’s conscience, not the traditions and doctrines of men.

Sola Gratia – Grace Alone: We teach that a person is saved by God’s free grace alone. The love of God does not seek in the sinner that which is pleasing to it, but creates it. By grace alone, God the Holy Spirit supernaturally unites us to Christ, releasing us from our bondage to sin, raising us from spiritual death, and creating new life in us. The forgiveness of our sins and the imputation of Christ’s righteous merits is strictly a gift of God’s sovereign grace and cannot be earned nor deserved.

Soli Deo Gloria – Glory to God Alone: We teach that God created everything for His own glory. It is man’s greatest good to glorify God and enjoy Him all the days of his life. God is most glorified when we recognize that He is the source of our every good, that we are nourished by His fatherly care, and that we owe everything to Him. We enjoy God when we are satisfied with all that He is for us in Christ Jesus.

Solus Christus – Christ Alone: We teach that a person is saved from God’s most holy wrath by the perfect work of Jesus Christ alone. The good news of the gospel is not what we must do to be saved, but what Christ has done to reconcile sinners to God. The merits of His sinless life, substitutionary death, resurrection, and ascension alone are the sufficient basis for our salvation. His redeeming work renders sinners righteous, holy, and blameless before God. Jesus Christ has not made salvation merely a possibility, but has truly redeemed sinners from death and judgment.

Sola Fide – Faith Alone: We teach that all the benefits of Christ’s redeeming work are graciously applied to the sinner by faith alone. True faith firmly believes that God has granted forgiveness of sins, everlasting righteousness, and salvation out of mere grace, only for the sake of Christ’s merits. Gospel faith, like all of salvation, is a gift of God. This faith the Holy Spirit works in the heart of the sinner in the hearing of the gospel.

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