The three Lutheran SOLAS (sola, latin from alone) Sola Fide – Faith Alone, Sola Scriptura – Scripture Alone, Sola Gratia – Grace Alone are core principles of the Reformation that guide Lutheran Theology to this day.
Faith comes from God through the Holy Spirit as you participate in the life of the church. Sometimes, you feel Christ’s presence within your soul and life, and that is always a great blessing. Sometimes you feel nothing. Sometimes your faith is passionate and fervent. At other times you are full of doubts. Independent of what you feel and think, Christ is always with you, and his promise of forgiveness and salvation is for you.
Lutherans follow a man, Jesus Christ, not a book. The Holy Scriptures testify to the Word Of God becoming flesh in Jesus Christ. The authority of the Lutheran church is rooted in the testimony of scripture. The Lutheran church reads that testimony through the eyes of the gospel, which is the good news of Jesus Christ who defeated death and bridged the gap between humans and God.
We are saved by God’s grace alone and not by doing good works, believing the right things of behaving in a certain way. Indeed we are not even able to to participate in our salvation, because humans are and will always be sinful. Sinfulness is part of the human condition we cannot escape. We completely rely on God in Christ to be graceful and save us even though we do not deserve it.
God’s Grace Is A Free Gift
God’s unconditional love for us is the reason for God’s free gift of grace. Grace frees the Christian from all worries about salvation. It frees us up to do God’s work with our hands in this world. We are called to pour the love we receive from God back into the world again and to become Agents of God’s grace.