While old campaign slogans may be catchy and the memorabilia that immortalized them collectable, the issues they expressed are hardly relevant or even discernible in our day. As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on October 31, 2017, our social media feeds will be burgeoning with memes and sermon series announcements related to the Five Solas, or Reformation era slogans, expressing the central concerns of the Protestant Reformers. These slogans are:
- Sola Scriptura, By Scripture alone,
- Sola Gratia, By Grace alone,
- Sola Fide, By Faith alone,
- Solus Christus, By Christ alone,
- Soli Deo Gloria, For God’s Glory alone.
As a Reformed Church our identity and our name is connected explicitly to a Sixteenth Century historical movement in Western European History, while our faith and practice is staunchly defined and directed by a book that has not been updated in almost two thousand years.
Are we not a living, breathing anachronism? Are we not irrelevant to culture and a world that has advanced and moved on from the historical context into which we were born? Does the Reformation still matter? Do the Five Solas have any more relevance for our lives today than “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too?” Or are we just worshiping and practicing our own outdated style in a world that is moving on without us? These are weighty questions which we need to ask and answer as we consider “who” and “what” we are as a Reformed Church in the Twenty-First Century.
Join us this Lord’s Day, October 8, as we consider the question, “Why Does Sola Scriptura Still Matter?” We meet from 5:00 – 6:30 pm in The Commons at St. Andrews Anglican Church at 8300 Kanis Rd in Little Rock. Click here for directions.
Come with a friend you and join us for fellowship and conversation. We look forward to seeing you there.