A new sermon series on Romans 3-8
This fall we are doing a sermon series based on four chapters in the Book of Romans (3:21 – ch.8). The title of the series, and the focus of our Common Life Book, is Sola Fide, two Latin words of deep historic significance.
These two words, Sola Fide - Faith Alone, formed the basis for the world-impacting Reformation of the church in the 16th century. Sixteenth century Reformer, Martin Luther, called it “the doctrine upon which the church stands or falls.” He called on pastors to take it back to their churches and “beat it into their heads continually.” Faith, whole-hearted trust, in the work of Jesus Christ as Savior, is the only means of acceptance with God. Faith alone, not good deeds, not moralism, not religious zeal, nor radical obedience, nor church membership, only faith is the foundation for acceptance with God. Faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ. These chapters in the Book of Romans argue that it has always been faith alone by which sinful humans find a personal relationship with God. In these chapters, the terms “faith” and “believe” are used 27 times.
These chapters will also highlight the daily role of faith. We are not called to embrace salvation by faith alone, only to then try and live the new life in our own strength. Christ loved people enough to die for them 2000 years ago. He loves them enough to live in them today, and to enable and sustain them with His strength. Every step we take since salvation, we take in the same faith that brought us to Jesus in the first place. Sola Fide! Come learn about it with us on Sunday mornings!