Digging Deeper this term at WBC

This term at WBC, we are digging deeper into weighty theological topics with a three-week sermon and Bible study series from each of our pastors.

First up is an exploration of salvation, specifically some of the key doctrines to be defined during the reformation: scripture alone, Christ alone, grace alone and faith alone.

Why study the reformation slogans on the doctrine of salvation?’ you may say. ‘Pastor Rod may like it, but I’m not really into dry, church history.

Well, we’re not going to study church history, we’re going to study the Bible as we seek to ‘rediscover’ some key biblical truths, which shaped the reformation.

The reformers were reacting against the Roman Catholic Church, which had departed from the Bible’s teaching at a number of points, and so leaders like Martin Luther and John Calvin sought reforms.

As we approach the 500th anniversary of the Reformation on October 31, it will be helpful to remind ourselves of some of the foundational biblical truths, which have shaped Protestant churches ever since. It is just as important today to be clear on the crucial doctrines of salvation, or soteriology, as it was when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg in 1517.

The theological problems and pastoral questions addressed by the reformers remain the same across the centuries:

  • How can I find out about God? … By reading God’s revelation to us in the bible, the Holy Scriptures, alone (Sola scriptura).
  • How can I be in a right relationship with God? … The truth remains that it is by coming to know Jesus Christ alone, the one mediator between God and man (Sola Christi).
  • But how can I be accepted by a Holy God – surely I must offer some good works? … No, God has done all that is needed for me to be friends with him – salvation is by grace alone (Sola gratia).
  • What must I do to make this real for me? … Receive Christ by faith alone (Sola fide).

We hope you’ll join us as we dig deeper in our understanding of God’s salvation. And look out for a few special presentations over the coming weeks introducing us to some of the great reformation thinkers.

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