As Reformed Protestants, we hold to the 5 Solas of the Reformation. These crucial doctrines provide a robust and biblical understanding for salvation, the Christian life, and worship. The word "Sola" means alone in Latin, and describes the priority and preeminence of these doctrines.
- Sola Scriptura (The Scriptures Alone): As the Scriptures are God’s inspired and perfect Word, they alone are the Christian’s ultimate authority (2 Tim 3:15-17). All things must be compared to the Scriptures, and where there is disagreement with the Scriptures, the Scriptures prevail; the Scriptures themselves contain the message of salvation (Mt 22:29-31; Eph 2:20; Acts 28:23). This does not mean the Christian cannot benefit from the work of faithful men in ages past and present, but that these secondary writings are subordinate to the written Word of God.
- Sola Gratia (By Grace Alone): Our salvation is solely according to God’s grace. No person could merit God’s favor, forgiveness, or salvation (Gal 3:10-14). Instead, our salvation is God’s gracious gift, rooted in His own character and purpose (Rom 3:23-25; Gal 3; Eph 2:8-9)
- Sola Fide (Through Faith Alone): We receive the righteousness of Christ and are justified solely by faith alone (Gen 15:1; Jn 6:29; Rom 1:17, 4:1-25). Faith does not merit justification but is the channel by which that righteousness is received. Faith itself is a gift of God (Eph 2:8-9). Works (good deeds, baptism, communion, church membership, etc) do not merit salvation; the gift of salvation is only received through faith alone.
- Solus Christus (In Christ Alone): Jesus Christ is the only way, mediator, and accomplisher of our salvation (Lk 24:47; Acts 4:12; 1 Tim 2:5-6; Heb 8). By His perfect life, His substitutionary death, and His victorious life, He alone has obtained salvation for His people (Jn 14:6; Heb 7:25-26; 1 Jn 2:1-2). He alone provides access to God and serves as their Prophet, Priest, and King (Ps 110; Rom 5:2; Eph 2:18, 3;12) .
- Sola Deo Gloria (For God’s Glory Alone): The ultimate end of our salvation is God’s glory— Because salvation is His sovereign gift of grace, He alone receives the credit and the glory, and the purpose of the entire Christian life is the glorify God in all things (Jer 9:23-24; 1 Cor 1:18-31; 10:31; Eph 1:3-14; Col 3:17). Our salvation and life is not man centered, but God centered.