By the time the Reformation was in full swing, everyone knew the gospel could be reduced to the “Five Solas” (think of them as the Reformation’s “five spiritual laws,” but in Latin). Now Latin has a way of making things sound truly impressive, but the word “sola” simply means “alone” or “only.” Herein lies the glory of the Reformation. They proclaimed that the gospel came by grace alone, was embraced by faith alone, by Scripture alone, through Christ alone and for the glory of God alone. Five short statements. And in these we hear the very essence of the gospel.
This sermon examines the second of these “solas”: By Faith Alone (based on Romans 1:17 and James 2:14-19).