In our study of the Five Solas, we take a look now at Sola Fide, or Faith Alone. Our passage this week was Romans 1:17, which says “the righteous man shall live by faith.” We see how it is our faith alone saves us. Roman 5:1 teaches that we are justified by faith. In this sermon, we break down this passage of scripture and see what it means that the righteous man shall live by faith, and what that also looks like in our sanctification.
Today we take a look at what the scripture says about grace by looking at Ephesians 2:1-10. We see what the Roman Catholic Church definition is by looking at their catechism, and comparing it to what scripture says. Scripture is very clear about how our salvation is based entirely on the grace of God alone, and there isn’t a single thing that we can do to merit or earn our salvation. In our sinful state apart from the grace of God, we are well deserving of the wrath that is to come, and we will be held accountable for our wicked deeds. However, God by his love and mercy provided us a way to escape his wrath, and have our sins, past, present, and future be paid in full. All of which was paid for on the cross by Jesus Christ. And it is only by grace through faith that we are saved. And the good works that we do after we are saved are only possible because of God’s grace at work in us. We must be diligent to remember that even the smallest claim of merit robs God of some of His glory.
This week, we continue our study of the 5 solas with the second part of Sola Scriptura. We take a deeper look at 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and break it down to understand the attributes of the scriptures such as it being breathed out by God, and understanding how we can tell how a book of the bible is the inspired Word of God. With the understanding of what the Word of God is, we can see what authority the Word has and its sufficiency in it being all we need to equip us for everything worth doing in any area of our lives.
As we approach the coming of the 500th year anniversary of the reformation, we are taking a break from Acts to study the Five Solas of reformed theology, starting in 2 Timothy 3:16-17. We look at the first Sola, Sola Scriptura, or “Scripture Alone”, what that means, and what it meant for the reformers as they broke off from the Roman Catholic church.
In this part of the book of Acts 16 we look at the individual life of a woman named Lydia. We see who she was and where she was spiritually, and how she was a worshiper of God. As she listened to Paul speak, God opened her heart to listen to his words. She then believed and was baptized, and right away started to bear fruit. We see that Lydia was not far from the kingdom of God, similar to what is said in Mark 12 up until Paul came and spoke, and as we study this passage also see how it is effective for us.
In this section of Acts 15, we see Paul and Barnabas decide to split up and go different ways over sharp disagreement. What did this disagreement look like? Does it give us reason to break fellowship in light of disagreements? We can look at the character of Paul and Barnabas and the background of this split and what it means, and also what it means for us as believers. We learn that this split in ministry does not mean there was a break in fellowship, and that it doesn’t mean the disagreement was in anger or sin. God used this separation to double the ministry to the church as Mark followed Barnabas and Silas followed Paul. We can learn from this situation things like each believer not being meant for the same ministry, and that we should encourage others and support them in their ministry, so long as it is a biblical ministry.
In Acts 15, the leaders of the early church come together to discuss and address a question that arose within the church: as a Gentile, can you turn directly to Jesus as the savior of the world? Or, must you become a Jew first to turn to Jesus? In this section of scripture, we explore the points that were discussed on why there is no need for Gentiles to become Jews (and therefore require circumcision), and why we can turn directly to Christ in faith, and not relying on any works to earn us salvation.
Today we take a look at Acts 14 and what it means to speak boldly as Paul and Barnabas did in Iconium. We see how Paul left a great example for us by courageously preaching the Word, despite being persecuted, and their commitment to the truth, like we see after Paul being stoned, yet returning to continue to speak the Word. When Paul spoke, he didn’t beat around the bush either as he boldly proclaimed the gospel and taught the truth.
In our last part of studying Acts 13, we get to the first documented sermon by Paul. In his sermon, he talks about God’s faithfulness to Israel, starting with the patriarchs and His faithfulness of taking the people of Israel from Egypt and how God has never abandoned his people. He then goes on to […]
In our continued study of Acts 13, we read on about Paul and Barnabas going into Cyprus, and their encounter with the Proconsul, Sergius Paulus, and Elymas (or Bar-Jesus), who was with the Proconsul. In their encounter with these two men, we see Elymas trying to turn Sergius from the faith followed by Paul’s rebuke. Learning from this encounter, we can also come to see that there are many people out their who may be an “Elymas” to us and try to steer us from the truth. But the teaching of the Lord holds us firm in His hands, and we see the evidence of this in the faith the Proconsul received.