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Good verses for the 5 solas?

I'm preaching through the five solas of the reformation in August.  We're beginning with Christ alone.

So it's

Christ alone

Grace alone

Faith alone

Scripture alone

God's glory alone

So for ten points and control of the next round - can you tell me what Scriptures I should use each week?

And any other things I should say?

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17 thoughts on “Good verses for the 5 solas?

  1. Paul Blackham

    For Christ alone - Matthew 11:25-30.

    Everything is in the hands of Jesus - whether revelation or redemption. We can know nothing of any god other than what Jesus chooses to tell us. How do we know that there is a Father other than what Jesus tells us? How can we prove the deity of the Father other than through Jesus? How can we find rest for our souls other than through Jesus?

    Recently we were challenged to 'get serious with god' over the summer... but Jesus wasn't mentioned. I imagined a follower of Odin heading home to get on his viking helmet and wielding his battle-axe with more passion and commitment or a follower of Baal putting aside his tiredness and heading out for some serious immorality after work.

    If we are not dealing with Jesus then does it matter whether we get serious with Odin or Ra or Vishnu or Artemis or Allah or the Prime Mover.

    Christ alone... in all the Scriptures... or else why bother at all?

  2. Anonymous

    All Souls Langham Place are also doing the same thing in August.

    The sermon card online shows the scriptures that they're using for each sola.

  3. Tim V-B

    I love the image of a follower of Baal heading out for some serious worship/immorality! "Sorry dear, can't stay in tonight. Those temple prostitutes insist I attend some more study classes tonight before we get the baby 'done'."

    As for followers of Odin, we've got a wonderful stained glass window here at St Bart's showing the overthrow of the old temple to Woden that gave Wednesbury it's name.

    Grace alone - Ephesians 2:1-10 (bit predictable)

    Faith alone - Genesis 15; you've got that wonderful prediction of the cross in verses 10-21 to show that 'Faith alone' is really a way of saying 'Christ alone'.

    Scripture alone - what about 2 Peter 1:12-21? There's the importance of being reminded of what we know, there's God speaking audibly yet quoting Scripture, and the word of the prophets is a light shining in a dark place (not a light shining in a room full of other lights.)

    God's glory alone - Philippians 2:5-11 God is glorified as we bow before the humble-and-exalted Saviour.

    Just suggestions. Can you give a 2 or 3 sentence summary of what you want to say for each? Might spark some more ideas.

  4. pgjackson

    They could all, just about, be done from John 6 I reckon. The last one is the one that I'm least satisfied with as a suggestion.

    Christ alone: John 6:68

    Grace alone:John 6:32-37

    Faith alone: John 6:28-29

    Scripture alone: John 6:63

    Glorify God alone: John 6:61-71 (in context of 1:14 - we have seen his glory, and glory theme in the book)

  5. Tim V-B

    Nice one Pete. Sounds like you've been preaching John 6 recently!

    Hey Glen - if Pete reckons you can do it all from John 6, how about I challenge you to do it all from Genesis 1? Don't know how, but I bet there's a Jim Jordan sermon that shows you all this :)

  6. Glen

    I was thinking of David and Goliath as a base narrative for the whole thing. Or maybe you could do it all from Psalms 1 and 2. Genesis 3 might well be a possibility too...

  7. Anonymous

    And Acts 4:12 is quite good too, no:

    "Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."

    (And the context of verses 2 and 18 make it even more powerful.)

  8. Heather

    Christ alone - Col 1:16 - 20

    Faith alone - Hab. 2:4, Rom. 1:17, Gal 3:11, and Heb 10:38.

    Craig here (the simple guy), commenting on Heather's account because she's logged in.


  9. John B

    Christ alone - 1 Corinthians 1:30, 31

    Grace alone - John 1:12, 13

    Faith alone - Galatians 2:16

    Scripture alone - 2 Timothy 3:14-17

    God's glory alone - Ephesians 1:3-14

    Other things to say...

    "Say the secret word and win a hundred dollars."

    "I'd like to buy a vowel please."

    "Big Bucks, no Whammies."

  10. Paul

    Isaiah 42?

    Christ alone - 41v28-42v1etc
    Grace alone - v2-3,6-7
    Faith alone - v3-5
    Scripture alone - Lk 4v14-21
    God's glory alone - v8ff

  11. Bobby Grow

    Oh come on, no one has given Jn 14:6 yet for Christ Alone ;-)

    I like Blackham's Christ Alone too!

  12. Dave K

    Lots of good thoughts from people.

    Glen and Pete, you got me thinking about John 5-6 and I ended up posting it, although it is very off the top of my head.

    Of course, you'll show how the other 4 are all really expansions of Christ alone. I toyed in my head about whether you could do a Biblical overview centring on Christ as 'life' through the 5.

    Christ as the centre of the Bible, and what it is all about, LIFE himself (lots from John).

    Scripture - the Word of life that created the world and is constantly creating, so that if there is a famine of it we will die (Amos 8:11).

    Faith - Abraham's life in faith trusting in Christ to be the substitute. Rom 4 has lots about faith and death/life, and sacrifice of Isaac is very death-life thing (Heb 11:19)

    Grace - God's continual forgiveness of Israel despite their breaking covenant, culminating in the sending of Jesus to bring them back from exile.

    To the Glory of God alone - the last enemy to be destroyed being death and then the kingdom handed to the Father (1 Cor 15:24-28).

    Thanks for getting me thinking.

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  14. Dev

    I'm going to have to do Christ alone in a couple of months time
    and I was wondering - what about doing it using Gal 3-4 - i.e. the context of the religious always wanting to become the 'slave' rather than the Son
    and that was what happened yet again pre-reformation
    - religion in the pope, in the saints, in the sacraments
    so in the reformation - Christ alone - means true freedom
    is that historically / theologically correct?

  15. Ken Thompson

    By GRACE alone
    Eph. 2: 8-9 It is by GRACE we have been saved…it is the gift of God…
    Eph. 2:5b …by grace you have been saved…

    Through FAITH alone
    Eph. 2:8-9 …we’ve been saved THROURH FAITH…

    In CHRIST alone
    Eph. 2:10 For we are His (God’s) workmanship, created in Christ Jesus…

    In SCRIPTURE alone...
    Eph. 2: ...20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets

    To the GLORY of God alone
    Eph. 2:6&7 - 6and [God] raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

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