This year we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation led by Martin Luther. This fall we will be highlighting and celebrating the accomplishments of Luther, the effects of the Reformation, and how the Reformation is still important to the life of the church 500 years later.
The reformation brought to light the faith that we have as a free gift from Jesus Christ, and that was a different message then the Catholic church taught at the time of Luther. The Catholic church was teaching that you needed to earn or pay for your salvation, and the church benefited from the fear they put into the minds and hearts of the church.
The Reformation is summarized by 5 Solas, or 5 statements/slogans that emphasizes the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Five "Sola" are:
Sola Gratia ("Grace alone"):
Grace literally means, “favor.” When you do someone a favor, usually a gift is given because you have the ability to do something that the other person does not have the ability to do. A tall person my do a favor to a shorter person to reach what is on the top shelf. Based on height, the tall person has the ability to do something the shorter person is unable.
We sinful creatures are unable to save ourselves from the sin we were born with and commit daily. We are in need of a favor from someone with the ability to save. We need grace. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast” Ephesians 2:8-9. We have been given favor from God. We have been given grace from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are saved by grace alone.
Pastor Nathan Grewe