2009 Sola Fide

The greatest minds in church history have identified this one biblical truth as the foundation of our faith. John Calvin declared it to be "the main hinge" on which the true Christianity swings. They are describing the doctrine of justification by faith alone — or as the reformers called it, Sola Fide.

Of the importance of this foundational truth Martin Luther wrote: "This doctrine is the head and the cornerstone. It alone begets, nourishes, builds, preserves, and defends the church of God; and without it the church of God cannot last for one hour." It's no wonder that Luther called justification by faith alone "the article by which the church stands or falls." Because there are only two kinds of righteousness: a human righteousness based on human effort, and what he called "the passive righteousness" that comes from Christ. There is the righteousness of God and your own righteousness. There is no middle ground; you embrace one or the other.

Come and join us as we celebrate the heart of the gospel, and as we seek to deepen our understanding of the foundation on which our faith is built.

About the Sola Conference Series

Five hundred years ago the light of the Protestant Reformation emerged from the darkness of medieval Roman Catholicism. The reformers' slogan Post Tenebras Lux"after darkness, light"described the dawning of a quest for the faith once for all delivered to the saints, based solely on the light of Scripture. The expository preaching of men like Martin Luther and John Calvin led to the recovery of Biblical truth. The heart of what the reformers recovered is captured in the Five Solas of the Reformation.

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