October 29 - Sola Christus
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
This Sunday Bryan Launer will continue the class on Understanding the Heart in the youth room at 10:00am. This class explores what Scripture says about the heart, why it's so important, and how you can better understand your own heart and help others. Ray Rutledge and Bo Pritchard will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the New Testament).
1“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” 5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
The reformation celebrates the recovery of the sufficiency of Jesus as a Savior. At the time of the reformation, few questioned the exclusivity of Jesus as a Savior but there was a question as to the sufficiency of his saving work. Is faith in Jesus enough to make men and women right with God? In other words, were other means of grace needed to secure acceptance with God? This question has significant implications. If Jesus alone is sufficient then we rest in his finished work reaching out an empty hand of faith. If Jesus alone is not sufficient without confession, good works, and acts of sacrifice, then how many are needed? How do I know if I have done enough? All these questions can lead to anguish and despair. If he is enough, then we are led to making our boast in Christ alone. Thankfully Jesus answers the question for us saying, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
Review and Apply
What was the central question of the Reformation?
What does it mean that 'Jesus alone is sufficient for salvation'?
What is the relationship between faith and works, if Jesus alone saves?
How does this truth of Christ alone encourage us to greater prayer?
How does the gospel free us from nagging guilt and shame?
How is Christ alone a driving influence for missions?