faith comes by hearingand children are welcome
— Romans 10.17 —
Today we begin a five week study of the heart cry of the reformation. The fathers of the protestant reformation did not set out to define the 'five solas'. These pillars of our faith were more like embers taken from the ashes that were there all along; they set fire to the transformation of God's holy Church.
For a thousand years the Scripture was pushed aside in preference for the false doctrines of man. This period of time has rightly been dubbed "The Dark Ages".
But the Light of God's Word would not remain hidden forever. Our Sovereign Lord raised up a generation of men who sought the Truth and posted It on the lamp-stand for all to see.
Today we will survey the Scriptures that makeup the first pillar: Sola Gratia, men are salvaged from their sin by God's Grace Alone.
7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.