************ Historical Commentary for Reformation Sunday ************
By: Rev. Adrian Dieleman
This sermon was preached on October 26, 2008
Historical Commentary for Reformation Sunday
Today, we are celebrating the Protestant Reformation of 1517. The Protestant Reformation was, in many ways, a simplifying process:
The Roman Catholic Church looked to the Bible and to tradition for authority. The Reformation said, "No, the Bible alone is our authority when it comes to doctrine and life."
The Roman Catholic Church said we are saved by grace completed by obedience. The Reformation said, "No, we are saved by grace alone."
The Roman Catholic Church said salvation is received through faith and works. The Reformation said, "No, salvation is received by faith alone."
The Roman Catholic Church said we come to God through Christ and the saints. The Reformation said, "No, we come to God through Christ alone."
Do you hear the simplifications? The Bible alone. Grace alone. Faith alone. Christ alone. We know these as the "Four Solas of the Reformation."
This morning's service is going to focus on each of these four solas. The songs, the messages, the responsive readings – they all remind us how the Reformers scraped off the crust that had developed over the ages. The Reformers went back to the basics and got rid of all the extra baggage. What are the basics? The Bible alone. Grace alone. Faith alone. Christ alone.
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