This week marks 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-five Theses to the church door in Wittenberg. As part of his writings during the time of the reformation, Luther outlined what we now refer to as The Five Solas, which have become central tenants of modern protestant churches. They are: Sola Scriptura – Scripture Alone, Sola Gratia – Grace Alone, Sola Fide – Faith Alone, Solo Christo – Christ Alone, and Soli Deo Gloria – To God Alone Be Glory.
To celebrate the historic anniversary, Westminster held an assembly with special guest speaker Dr. Sean Lucas from Independent Presbyterian Church. During his speech, Dr. Lucas touched on some of the reasons the Protestant Reformation is still relevant and important to remember today. “If you always come to God’s word first, it will lead you to the other Solas,” he noted. “It is not simply the words on the page, but the Holy Spirit promising to make the word effective. As we hear God’s word preached, God promises that his word will be effective. Jesus, the Word of God, uses Scripture, The Word of God, to purify His church and rescue men and women, transforming them to go out to love the world.”
Dr. Lucas wrapped up his presentation with a challenge. “What should our response be?” he asked. “Don’t be passive! Rather engage with The Word, both Scripture and Christ. As you hear God’s Word, look for Christ. He is present on every page. Live out in your lives what you find in Holy Scripture. And love churches that love the Word of God.”

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