October 27, 2019
This week is Reformation Sunday and begins our new liturgical series on the Solas of the Reformation. This week, we'll take a look at Solus Christus or salvation through Christ alone. Here's a 30 second primer to help you get ready for Sunday: Solus Christus.
"A Mighty Fortress is Our God"
We'll begin our corporate singing with the reformation era hymn by Luther. Our tie for the week is in the second verse: "Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing; were not the right man on our side, the man of God's own choosing. Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is he, Lord Sabaoth his name, from age to age the same, and he must win the battle."
"All I Have is Christ"
The second verse in this song also gives us a perfect tie into what it means to be saved through Christ alone: "But as I ran my hell-bound race indifferent to the cost, you looked upon my helpless state and led me to the cross. And I beheld God's love displayed, you suffered in my place. You bore the wrath reserved for me, now all I know is grace." Hallelujah!
"Jesus Paid It All"
Finally, we'll conclude the singing with the central affirmation of this doctrine simply stated, "O praise the One who paid my debt and raised this life up from the dead." Jesus has paid it all in full!
Communion – "Rock of Ages"
This is an appropriate song to sing while we approach the table but is especially poignant this morning as we consider Solus Christus. Verse two of this hymn is also really helpful. We are not saved by zeal, tears, or anything else except for the blood of Christ poured out for us: "Not the labors of my hands can fulfill thy law's demands; could my zeal no respite know, could my tears forever flow, all for sin could not atone, thou must save and thou alone."
Response – "In Christ Alone"
Each verse lines out for us the gospel story. We'll be sent into the world with the truth "There in the ground his body lay, Light of the world by darkness slain. Then bursting forth in glorious day, up from the grave he rose again! And as he stands in victory sin's curse has lost its grip on me. For I am his and he is mine, bought with the precious blood of Christ."