It can be difficult for us to conceptualize the harsh, works-based environment of the medieval church. Leaders of the day described our God as aloof and punishing, and Christians were held to strict human-invented codes of conduct only loosely based on Scripture, steeped in fear, and with no real connection to the gospel of grace. When professor Martin Luther wrote his “Ninety-Five Theses” in 1517–a document outlining the essential role of grace in the life of the Christian–a reformation was born in the church that would change the face of Christendom forever.
In light of the 500th anniversary of the birth of the Protestant Reformation, Discovering Grace is a five-week series covering the Reformation’s five solas, the mission statement that the leaders of the movement held to: Sola Scriptura, Solus Christus, Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, and Soli Deo Gloria. Each of these statements has deeply practical ramifications for us today, and covers topics such as the infallibility of Scripture, the central figure of Christ in our salvation, saving grace, saving faith, and the glory of our God.