Sola Gratia

What role do Christians play in their salvation? Must we do something to obtain God’s forgiveness, or is our redemption entirely a gift of His mercy through Jesus Christ? One of the central tenets of the Protestant Reformation is the principle of sola gratia, grace alone. This resource collection expounds upon this biblical teaching, demonstrating that salvation is all of God’s grace from beginning to end.

  • The Battle for Grace Alone Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2006

    The early part of the fifth century witnessed a serious controversy in the church that is known as the Pelagian controversy. This debate took place principally between the British monk Pelagius and the great theologian of the first millennium, Augustine of Hippo. In the controversy, Pelagius objected strenuously to Augustine’s understanding of the fall, of grace, and of predestination. Pelagius maintained that the fall affected Adam alone and that there was no imputation of guilt or “original sin” to Adam’s progeny. Pelagius insisted that people born after the fall of Adam and Eve retained the capacity to live lives of … View Resource

  • For His Good Pleasure Audio Message by R.C. Sproul

    Children are curious creatures. Before you are done answering one question, the next one is already escaping their lips. And as soon as they ask “why?,” you are forced down a road of infinite regress. It seems they can ask why a thousand times and never exhaust it. But it must end somewhere. Asking “why?” is a question of purpose, reason, and cause. When we consider the purpose, reason, and cause of our salvation, our curiosity should find full satisfaction. So why did God save you? For the persistent, the question of why does have a final answer. View Resource

  • Foundations of Grace Audio Message by Steven Lawson

    When we consider the Bible as a whole, we see that the doctrines of grace are not a modern invention; rather, Scripture itself declares the message of God’s sovereign grace in salvation. In this session, Steven Lawson considers how the doctrines of grace are found throughout the Bible. View Resource

  • The Glory of Christ Sermon by R.C. Sproul

    John 17:1-5

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  • God’s Will and His Mercy Devotional

    Romans 9:17-18

    John Calvin writes that we may not look for any cause of election other than God’s will: “We ought particularly to notice these words to whom he wills, and, whom he wills: beyond this he allows us not to proceed.” We cannot locate the reason why the Lord chose to save us in ourselves in any way, even in God’s knowledge that we would respond in faith. Salvation is by grace alone—we are not elected because the Lord knew we would believe; we believe because we were elected. View Resource

  • Grace Alone Devotional

    Ephesians 2:8-10

    Martin Luther says, “God has surely promised His grace to the humbled: that is, to those who mourn over and despair of themselves. But a man cannot be thoroughly humbled till he realizes that his salvation is utterly beyond his own powers, counsels, efforts, will and works, and depends absolutely on the will, counsel, pleasure and work of Another — God alone” (The Bondage of the Will, p. 100). Only those who have given up all self-reliance can be saved. View Resource

  • Grace Alone Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2009 | Matthew 13

    Soli Deo gloria is the motto that grew out of the Protestant Reformation and was used on every composition by Johann Sebastian Bach. He affixed the initials SDG at the bottom of each manuscript to communicate the idea that it is God and God alone who is to receive the glory for the wonders of His work of creation and of redemption. At the heart of the sixteenth-century controversy over salvation was the issue of grace. It was not a question of man’s need for grace. It was a question as to the extent of that need. The church had … View Resource

  • Here We Stand by Grace Alone Audio Message by W. Robert Godfrey

    From Genesis to Revelation, the Scriptures proclaim that we are saved entirely and only by the grace of God. This grace is given to us before we have faith, it guarantees that we will have faith, it sustains us in our faith, and it brings to completion all that God purposes for us. In this message, Dr. W. Robert Godfrey looks at sola gratia in its various aspects, exhorting us to better understand God’s grace and to worship Him for it. View Resource

  • Man's Radical Fallenness Video Message by R.C. Sproul

    How far did man fall in the Garden? How has sin penetrated into our souls? What did Jesus teach about man’s fallenness? While we may question some of the greatest teachers in the History of the Church about this topic, we must always look to the Lord Himself for truth as found in Scripture. In this message entitled “Man’s Radical Fallenness,” Dr. Sproul considers Jesus’ own words regarding man’s ability or lack thereof to achieve salvation. View Resource

  • The Parable of the Workers Sermon by R.C. Sproul

    Matthew 20:1-16

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  • Resting on Grace Devotional

    Romans 4:16a

    Dr. R.C. Sproul comments in his commentary on Romans: “It is Christ’s righteousness that justifies us. All we bring to the table is our trust in Him and His righteousness. If we add one ounce of our own righteousness as our confidence, we repudiate the gospel.” Those of faith will do good works, but they do not bring those works to God and ask Him to justify them based upon their deeds. Faith alone means grace alone, and grace alone means that God alone gets the glory for our salvation. View Resource

  • Sovereign Regeneration Devotional

    Acts 9:1–19

    Some of us have had dramatic conversion experiences that we remember vividly. Others cannot remember a time when they did not trust in Jesus. Whatever our story, the same God who raised Jesus to life and knocked Saul of Tarsus to the ground also overpowered our natural bent against Him. The fact that you believe is evidence of the Lord’s mighty working in your life. He loved us enough to seek us out when we were running from Him. View Resource

  • Unless the Father Draws: God's Sovereignty Over the Soul Audio Message by R.C. Sproul

  • What do you think of decisional regeneration? Question and Answer

    John 3:6-8

    LAWSON: I think the idea of decisional regeneration has produced many false converts. I have lived through churches like that, I have been an associate pastor through churches like that, and I have inherited churches like that. I don’t know a lot of things, but I do know the answer to this one: it produces false converts. “Repeat this prayer after me: ‘I—I, am a sinner—am a sinner. I confess my sin—I confess my sin. Jesus died for me—Jesus died for me. I will never doubt this again—I will never doubt this again. Amen—Amen.’ Never doubt that again. I’ll sign … View Resource