• Sola Fide: Lady Jane Grey & the Rediscovery of Justification by Faith Media Resource by

    After witnessing the remarkable deliverance of Paul and Silas from his prison, the Philippian jailer cried out to Paul, “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30). They responded, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household” (v.31). Their exhortation to the Philippian jailer demonstrates that salvation comes through grace by faith alone. The Word of God is replete with similar assertions, and these instances enabled Lady Jane Grey to confront death with confidence that the salvation of her soul rested in the hands of her Savior and not her own. View Resource

  • Sola Gratia: Ulrich Zwingli & the Rediscovery of Grace Media Resource by

    Most religious convictions in popular culture boil down to some activity or practice on the part of the individual to better their circumstances or perspective on life. Regardless of the manifestation of the principle, it all simmers down to this fact: mankind continually looks internally for solutions that he can only find externally. In the sixteenth century, the Roman Catholic Church rested under this misapprehension. It had created a system of merit integral for salvation and incumbent upon works. The weight of these demands crushed Christians throughout Europe. View Resource

  • Sola Scriptura: Martin Luther & The Rediscovery of the Authority of Scripture Media Resource by

    In the early sixteenth century, illiteracy was the norm across Europe, and this condition existed even amongst the clergy, teachers of God’s Word. Yet, despite the enormity of this problem, a deeper dilemma remained: the place of the Word of God had shifted in the Roman Catholic Church. No longer did the Bible stand as the central authority upon which the Christian life rested. Tradition, much of it corrupt and driven by the financial bankruptcy of the papal seat in Rome, had displaced it. God, in His gracious providence, did not allow this condition to persist. View Resource

  • Soli Deo Gloria: Glorifying God in Everything Media Resource by

    In 1 Corinthians 10:31, Paul says, “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” Do you find yourself divorcing your “religious life” from your “normal life”? Paul’s exhortation makes this condition impossible, for every thought, word, and deed contributes to the Christian task of glorifying God. The Reformers of the sixteenth and seventeenth century knew this principle well, for they recovered it with much struggle from the Roman Catholic Church. Soli Deo Gloria, “the glory of God alone,” drove them in every area of life, and they find this call a privilege bestowed on them by the grace … View Resource

  • Solus Christus: John Calvin & the Blessing of Christ Alone Media Resource by

    In the United States and many other affluent countries, people avoid facing mortality, anesthetizing themselves in a multitude of ways. In the sixteenth century, this option generally did not exist, and John Calvin stood as no exception. He and his family struggled with illness and death throughout their lives, eventually succumbing to it earlier than expected. Nonetheless, Calvin clung to the promise of eternal life, letting it infuse and shape everything he did. He understood the principle of solus Christus (“Christ alone”), believing that the blessing of salvation by grace through faith alone awaits those who cling to our Lord … View Resource

  • Why the Reformation Matters Media Resource by

    The church today faces problems similar to the church of yesteryear, albeit packaged and branded in different forms. A careful study of the history of the church prepares and equips its members to face the difficulties of its own day. The Reformation of the sixteenth century emphasized a return to the Word of God as a remedy for the theological deficiencies of the Roman Catholic Church, and Dr. Nichols embarks on this series to assist the current church by understanding the solas of the Reformation and their place for the people of God in all ages. View Resource