Nailed to the Door of the Church
We believe that ...
We are saved by Grace alone,
through Faith alone,
in Scripture alone,
to Christ alone!
Lutherans keep the namesake of Martin Luther, the reformer who nailed "95 Theses" to the door of his Catholic church in 1517, thus starting the Reformation that led to all of Protestantism. Luther was a Monk and a Professor who desired to reform (not leave) the Catholic Church. Luther believed that he was returning the Catholic Church to, and preserving, the truth of Scripture as Sola Scriptura (or, "Word Alone"). Keeping this namesake is a testament that we desire the same thing ... to be ONE Church, but to put God's Word first and foremost.
Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) means that God's Word is the only source of doctrine; it is the Word alone that has power to give faith. As such, we teach and practice that other sources of theology must be secondary to Scripture. Other sources include Tradition (oral and written), Science, Reason, Logic, Experience, and Emotion.
For example, I cannot explain how Jesus could walk on water because it is scientifically impossible, but I believe that both he and Peter did truly walk on water because Scripture says that it happened in Matthew 14:22-33 ESV. In the same way, the oral traditions of the Church cannot contradict the Word of God. Likewise, my feelings cannot change truth. This view is a daily challenge since it will run counter-cultural at times, but it ensures that God's Word is the source of truth.
Sola Gratia (Grace Alone) means our works do not save us; it is God's free and perfect gift of grace that alone saves us.
Sola Fide (Faith Alone) means that the Holy Spirit alone gives us the gift of faith; it is not a choice or decision that we make. Faith is the only way we receive that saving grace. This gift of faith is promised in the waters of Holy Baptism.
Solo Christos (Christ Alone) means that the entirety of Scripture focuses on Christ; it is the life, death, and resurrection of Christ that alone accomplished my salvation.
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Madison TN 37115
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