5 Solas

When many think of the reformation, they think of the things recovered. The reformers called on the church to remember 5 “alones,” the solas in Latin.

  • Scripture Alone (Sola Scriptura) – The Bible is our final authority, not the opinions of councils or the tradition of those who have gone before us. While we can learn much from our forefathers, the word of God is where God speaks authoritatively.
  • Grace Alone (Sola Gratia) – We are saved by an act of God’s grace alone, not in any way combined with our own goodness.
  • Faith alone (Sola Fide) – We receive God’s grace through faith alone. We do not take part in religious rituals or ceremonies or do good deeds to gain grace.
  • Christ Alone (Solus Christus) – Jesus is the only Savior and only source of our forgiveness. No other person’s merit has anything to do with our salvation.
  • Glory to God Alone (Soli Deo Gloria) – The purpose of our salvation is for the glory of the Lord who made us. We are to live to the glory of Almighty God in all we are and all we do.