Today on the Christian Calendar is called “Reformation Sunday.” It is a day historians officially say the Protestant Reformation was launched. On October 31st, 1517, Martin Luther, a pastor and professor at Wittenberg, Germany, posted 95 Thesis as a challenge to debate what he perceived as incorrect theology in the Catholic Church. That challenge set into motion a series of events that led to the Catholic Church excommunicating Luther. And out of that the Lutheran Church came into being. Several other “reformers” added momentum to the movement—John Calvin, John Knox, Ulrich Zwingli, along with many others.
And, of course, with the many different reformers, there were points of disagreement in doctrinal understanding. But there were major points of agreement—5 of these are foundational for those of us who call ourselves Protestant Christians.
Paul in his letters in the New Testament, along with the other writers of the New Testament, was careful to point out the unity of Christianity. It is our Faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God who was crucified to pay the penalty for our sins, and who was resurrected as King of kings and Lord of lords, that enables us to experience salvation.
While the Church of the Nazarene has our Articles of Faith that identifies doctrinally– And we believe those Articles of Faith are in complete harmony with the Word of God as revealed to us in the Bible–we share with other Protestant Christians the 5 major principles of Protestantism. Today, let’s review those basic tenets.
3. Sola Fide – “Faith alone.”
“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
As Christians of the Protestant Faith we recognize that God is revealed as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And since we are born in sin, the only way to be reconciled—that is, brought back into a right relationship with God—is to place our faith, our trust, our hope, our desires, our entire being in Jesus Christ, knowing that His death on the Cross was the eternal and ultimate sacrifice that pays the penalty for our sins and brings us back into the family of God.
This morning, have you placed your faith, your life, in God’s Hands? Do you believe that Jesus died on the Cross for you?
You can call on ‘God anytime and anywhere. The Holy Spirit and Jesus intercede on your behalf to the Father. Would you call on Him today?