Reformed Doctrine - The 5 Solas
Redeeming Grace Church is serious about teaching and preaching solid doctrine. We want people to know up front what we believe so that you may get a feel of what to expect in the preaching and teaching and fellowship times at RGC.
The "5 Solas" came out of the Reformation of the 16th and 17th centuries. The 5 Solas summarize the Reformed Doctrine that the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments are our only source for the inspired revelation of God and our rule for what to believe and how to live to God's glory; that man is saved by faith alone through grace alone in Jesus Christ alone; and that God saves and does all things for His glory alone.
The great contention was with the Roman Catholic Church (RCC). They preach a different gospel to this day that mixes faith in Jesus plus works and sacraments and Mary and the Mass and Confession. Redeeming Grace Church considers the RCC to be a false church with a false gospel. There may be true believers within the RCC but they are the exception.
The Five Solas are:
- Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”): The Bible alone is God's self-revelation and is our rule of what to believe and how to live.
- Sola Fide (“faith alone”): We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.
- Sola Gratia (“grace alone”): We are saved by the grace of God alone.
- Solus Christus (“Christ alone”): Jesus Christ alone is our hope of salvation by His death on the cross., His burial, resurrection, ascension, and session. He is the believer's Lord, Savior, and King.
- Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”): Salvation is to God's glory alone and the believer desires to live for the glory of God alone.