This Weeks Text: Colossians 1:15-23
The Protestant Reformation of the 16th century changed Christianity forever. Called to action by the corruption and abuse seen in the Roman church visionary pastors and leaders like Martin Luther Huldrych Zwingli Thomas Cranmer John Knox William Tyndale and John Calvin spearheaded a movement that transformed Christianity and eventually led to the emergence of the Protestant denominations that exist today.
The Reformers were guided by the conviction that the church of their day had drifted away from the essential original teachings of Christianity especially in regard to what it was teaching about salvation—how people can be forgiven of sin through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and receive eternal life with God. The Reformation sought to re-orient Christianity on the original message of Jesus and the early church.
The Five Solas are five Latin phrases (or slogans) that emerged during the Reformation to summarize the Reformers’ theological convictions about the essentials of Christianity.