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Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia
In 1517, Martin Luther created 95 Theses, or statements about religion, that showed two central beliefs: that the Bible is the central religious authority and that humans may reach salvation only by their faith and not by their deeds. This sparked what was known as the Protestant Reformation.
Now that it is exactly 500 years later, I thought it would be a good idea to use that iconic event as our theme for this school year. Specifically, I wanted to focus on the three solas: sola scriptura, sola fide, and sola gratia. If your ancient Latin is a little rusty, I will translate. Sola scriptura, or “scripture alone”, asserts that all church traditions, creeds, and teachings must be in unity with the teachings of scripture as the divinely inspired Word of God. Sola fide, or “faith alone”, is the teaching that justification is received by faith alone, without any need for good works on the part of the individual. And sola gratia, or “only grace”, means that salvation is an unearned gift from God for Jesus' sake.
These teachings of Martin Luther are still very applicable today. Seeing as Zion is a Lutheran school, these are the kind of things that are practiced during the school day. All of our religion classes are Scripture-based. The Bible is and always will be the focus of all our instruction at the school.
Faith is the most important aspect in everyone’s life, so that is why it is emphasized at Zion. Faith can be better understood using the metaphor of a plant. A plant needs to be taken care of; it needs to be nurtured in order to grow. The same is true about our faith – it needs to be taken care of and encouraged in order to grow. Zion’s school year theme a few years ago was “Here We Grow”, which specifically talked about growing in our faith.
Grace is not just the name of one of my 7th graders this upcoming school year, it also means that we receive an undeserved love from God. At no point in our lives, whether we are doing nice things for others, or going to a Christian school, or even if we become a pastor, do we deserve God’s love. There is nothing we can do to earn God’s favor and affection. Grace is the term for God wanting to gift us with his love, only because of Jesus and the work He did for us.
Scripture alone, faith alone, and grace alone are the theme for the 2017-2018 school year at Zion. In a way, these have always been the focus of the school, but we are going to highlight them this year in order to remember the work Martin Luther did exactly 500 years ago.