Acts 10:1-36 | Heaven will not be middle-class white people singing in English (thank God). The multitudes around the throne will be a diverse, global, family of men and women from every tribe and language and culture of the earth, with the name of Jesus on their lips! Yet in order for the good news to penetrate the Gentile world, some walls were going to have to supernaturally come down in the hearts of the early Jewish Christians. In Acts 10, we see the collision of two very different worlds – Jew and Gentile – being confronted with the gospel and being made one in Christ.
Ephesians 1:3-14 | Soli Deo Gloria declares the main theme of all the “Solas”- that God done all the work of faith, grace, Christ, and Scripture - so all glory is due to him, not us. He has chosen and blessed us, not because of anything we have done, but because of who He is. As we come to understand God’s unconditional love for us, we are moved to obedience, worship, and evangelism out of a thankful heart.
Colossians 1:9-20 | In contrast to our culture of religious pluralism, Christianity holds to the exclusive claim that Salvation is found in Christ Alone. The reformers contended that the person and work of Jesus was both necessary for salvation, and sufficient for our sanctification. Sadly, we are often tempted to add to the finished work of Jesus. The truth is that Jesus + Nothing = Everything; and Jesus + anything else... ruins everything.
Romans 4:1-5:2 | On what are you leaning the weight of your life? To possess saving faith means that the weight and hope of our lives has been transferred off of ourselves, and onto Jesus alone. The great Reformer Martin Luther said that this doctrine – justification by faith alone – is the article by which the Church stands or falls. To be saved by grace alone 'through faith alone' means salvation cannot be earned or worked for; only received as a gift by shifting the weight of our lives onto the work that Jesus accomplished on the cross, for all who trust in Him.
Ephesians 2:1-9 | Grace is sheer gift. To say that we are saved by ‘grace alone’ is to admit the humbling reality that God owes us nothing (except just punishment for sin), and yet in Christ lavishes the undeserving with the immeasurable riches of His kindness! Not because of anything admirable about us or any good work done by us, but because of Jesus’ work on the cross for us. It can never be earned, only received as a gift.