The Five Solas

SOLA SCRIPTURA

This slogan means “Scripture Alone.”
This truth declares that the Bible alone is our only authority for faith (what we believe) and conduct (how we live). The Bible alone is God’s Word written. It is without error, it is authoritative, it is sufficient for all things pertaining to life and godliness. It must be preached and taught and lived out.

All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness: so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

SOLA GRATIA

This slogan means “Grace Alone.”
It answers the question of who does what in salvation. Many think that salvation is a “grace and…” project. If this is true, then “grace is no longer grace” (Romans 11:6). The Bible is clear, salvation is all of grace and grace alone because “salvation is of the Lord” (Jonah 2:9).

(He) who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began. (2 Timothy 1:9)

SOLA FIDE

This slogan means “Faith Alone.”
Faith alone is the instrument of our salvation. Salvation is not by works; it is by faith, that is, trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ. Even saving faith is a gift of God’s grace.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

SOLUS CHRISTUS

This slogan means “Through Christ Alone.”
It is in Christ alone that we have salvation. In His perfect life and substitutionary death, alone we have salvation. Through Him and Him alone, we have the forgiveness of our sins and are declared righteous before God.

He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:5-7)

SOLI DEO GLORIA

This slogan means “To God alone be the Glory.”
It is the great goal of all of God’s purposes in Jesus Christ. All that God does, He does for His own glory. He created all things for His glory. He sustains and rules over the world and our lives for His glory. Our salvation is all of grace through Christ for all His glory. One important thing to notice, the word alone. God and God alone is worthy of all glory and praise!

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen. (Romans 11:36)