If you are looking for a book to learn about the five solas, then you will want to check out this new book put out by Moody Publishers, Sola ~ How the Five Solas Are Still Reforming the Church, wrote by Jason K. Allen, Jared C. Wilson, Jason G. Duesing, Matthew Barrett, and Owen Strachan. The writers each wrote on one of the solas, which I thought at first was a little weird to do that, but they really do compliment each other well. Oh and if you don’t know what the solas are, then you definitely need this book! They are not just Latin words that came from history, but so much more! Here are a couple of reasons why:
“The Reformers are our theological forebears. They fought the good fight; they finished their course; they rediscovered and proclaimed the faith. As believers, we are sons and daughters of the Reformers. And the faith we hold today is summarized beautifully in the five solas defended by the Reformers.”
“They are the essence of the gospel. When we embrace them, we embrace the gospel. When we articulate them, we speak the gospel. When we live consciously of them, we live in the power of the gospel.”
Sola scriptura-Scripture alone
Sola fide-Faith alone
Sola gratia-grace alone
Solus Christus-Christ alone
Soli Dei Gloria-To the glory of God alone
This is not a deep theological writing on the sola’s, it is for someone that doesn’t know much about the solas and is looking for a deeper understanding on what they are and why we need them. The did a great job of providing a bit of history of where the solas come from and what they mean to us Christians, along with why they are still important today. Even though I know about the solas and have studied a bit on these in the past, I learned some new information and also provide me with encouragement in my faith! Here are a few highlights from the book:
The Word of God regulates them; they don’t regulate the Word of God.
Sola Scriptura means that Scripture establishes the church; the church does not establish the Scriptures.
Scripture has a direct effect on how we live.
Interpretation matters. Be diligent and be devoted to the study of God’s Word. This Book is not an open sesame for us to read into it what we want. This Book is God’s Word, and it requires us to faithfully and humbly interpret it.
Beware of the “plus” that anxious people constantly try to add to Jesus. Because grace is the heart of Christianity. And Grace alone is the basis of our salvation.
To be gospel-centered is not to be law-neglecting or law-flippant.
And if salvation was by the law, we could do some boasting. But because salvation is all of grace – by grace alone – God does all the work and, therefore, God gets all the credit, all the glory.
Salvation by faith alone frees the Christian to no longer fixate on the self and instead to focus on Christ and others.
Faith alone stands as a steady guide for freedom and joyful living for the believer walking with God.
The believer trusting in Christ alone can rest assured that he is safe in the arms of Christ, his in the Rock of Ages.
Every believer, whether in formal ministry or not, may live unto God for the purpose of magnifying His greatness. God was the reason composers composed and musicians played. We give Him glory by a full-orbed Christian life, whatever our precise roll in the kingdom may be.
We must wage war, spiritual war, if we will amplify the beauty and greatness of God. The true Christian walk is no stroll through the tulips; it is a conflict, a quest, a fight for faith.
Christ is the key to a proper vision of glory. Christ is the very Logos of God; He is wisdom. Christ is the pathway to both righteousness and true pleasure. Everything else is counterfeit.
We often hear that ours is a secular age, and in some ways – at elite levels in particular – it may be, but it is actually quite spiritual. But here we must ask: Which spirituality are people interested in. And if they are interested in Jesus, which Jesus? The Jesus of Americana or the Christ of Faith? We must make sure that the Christ we are following is the biblical Christ.
In coming to faith in Jesus, we place a target on our back right alongside the heavy, splintered cross we have taken up…Our weakness, in fact, only magnified the Lord’s mercy and grace all the more, especially when we bear it with a Christ-centered outlook.
The former’s cry must be ours as well. We are to labor for a church reformed and always reforming.