A devotional guide to accompany our fall sermon series
The following devotional is designed to assist our fall study of the Solas of the Reformation. We are encouraging everyone in the church to complete each short study prior to the respective sermon for that Sunday. This will not only better prepare you to hear the sermon, but also prime the pump for the Community Group discussion for that following week. This study is intended to be an aid not a requirement.
Book: Freedom Movement: 500 Years of Reformation
In addition to reading biblical passages we are suggesting you read a short but dynamic book by Michael Reeves that gives some history and theology of the Reformation: Freedom Movement: 500 Years of Reformation. These books will be available after church in the lobby for the next few weeks for $3 (retail price on amazon.com is $9). If for some reason, you cannot afford this, please do not hesitate to take a copy and pay whatever you are able, or nothing at all.
Why the Solas?
One quick word about why we are doing this sermon series, “The Power of Freedom: Living in the Liberating Grace of Jesus . . . Alone!” Five hundred years ago this fall a movement of rediscovery began known historically as the Protestant Reformation. When Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church, a liberating power was unleashed as the biblical gospel was restored to the church. This movement set people free from crippling guilt and superstition, by restoring them to the liberty that is ours in Christ . . . and in him alone! “It was for freedom that Christ set us free” (Gal. 5:1)!
We will be working our way through the famous “solas” (i.e. “alones”) of the Reformation (i.e. Scripture alone, grace alone, faith alone, Christ alone, and to the glory of God alone), considering their relevance for us today. Perhaps no time since the Reformation have these doctrines been more needed. I’m convinced that you and your friends will be quite encouraged to learn what it means to live under the freedom of God’s Word, God’s Grace and God’s Glory . . . alone.
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