It has been five hundred years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany. Luther’s theses called for the reform of the church and served as the catalyst for the Protestant Reformation. Its impact is still felt today.
This Bible study examines the five core truths that came from the Reformation, now referred to as the
solas. Group members will explore these essential convictions of the faith and emerge more immersed in the gospel of Jesus Christ. The
Sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone)
Sola gratia (by grace alone)
Sola fide (through faith alone)
Solus Christus (through Christ alone)
Soli Deo gloria (glory to God alone)
How is the Reformation still relevant today? As political pressure mounts, morality drifts with today’s culture, and evangelicalism becomes more and more refined in a post-Christian world, it’s even more important to hold the convictions of the great Reformation closer than ever. In short, the
solas point us to vibrant Christian community as well as personal identity in Christ.
As you’ll see in this study, the
solas are more than cold Latin terms that academics throw around in church-history books. The five
solas, like the Reformation itself, are intensely practical. They were the DNA of the Reformation and are still the DNA of the church today. They are grounded in a real-life, everyday following of Jesus. They’re the most important, basic scriptural truths you can ever believe.
We stand on the shoulders of Christians in the past, and knowing where we came from will help us keep moving forward with passion and biblical clarity.
Echoes of the Reformation Bible Study Book includes small-group experiences for six sessions, individual study opportunities, applicable Scripture, “How to Use This Study,” and tips for leading a group.
• Biblically rooted and gospel-centered content
• Six small-group sessions that include an introductory session and application of the five
• Individual study opportunities for ongoing spiritual growth
• Group and personal components
• Give group members a better understanding of the Reformation’s impact on today’s church.
• Understand the weighty importance of the inspired Word of God.
• Help group members discern the theological nuances of grace and its role in the life of a disciple.
• Enhance a believer’s understanding of the biblical and historical depth of the Christian faith.
• Realize that Christ alone provides all life’s answers.
• Show group members how to live life for the glory of God and renew their commitment to this biblical mandate.
Brandon D. Smith works with the Christian Standard Bible and teaches theology at various schools. He’s also the author of
Rooted: Theology for Growing Christians and
They Spoke of Me: How Jesus Unlocks the Old Testament, and co-hosts the Word Matters podcast. He holds a BA in Biblical Studies from Dallas Baptist University, an MA in Systematic & Historical Theology from Criswell College, and is pursuing a PhD in Theology at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. He lives near Nashville, Tennessee with his wife, Christa, and their two daughters.