Episode 17: The Five Solas of the Reformation (and how to teach them)

There are five “solas” that represent the five foundations of Christianity brought about in the 16th century through the Reformation.  When we know them and teach them we gain wisdom, understanding, faith, and a biblical worldview for the glory of God.  Today we are talking about the five sola’s and five ways to teach them, to ourselves, our children, and others.

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The Five Solas

Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”)

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17

“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11

“For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.” Romans 15:4

Sola Fide (“faith alone”)

“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.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:8-10

Sola Gratia (“grace alone”

“In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight.” Ephesians 1:5-8

Solus Christus (“Christ alone”)

“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6

“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son.” Colossians 1:13

Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”)

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17

How Do We Teach the Sola’s?

1. Teach one sola a week with your kids, your spouse, a friend. Look up supporting Bible verses.

2. Learn to ask “is it biblical?”

3. Learn hymns that have foundational Christian doctrine. Check out this SPF blog post on Making Melody in our hearts to God with a great list of hymns and YouTube links: http://www.sheprovesfaithful.com/blog/sing-praise

4. Start a memorizing a catechism. Here is the Westminster Short Catechism

5. Read biographies of men and women in the Reformation. Look for the five sola’s in their stories.

Resources and Links

The Gospel Coalition article on Why Teach Our Kids about the Reformation

A Brief Statement about the Five Solas by Dr. Gregg Strawbridge

Search on monergism.com about the five solas


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