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by David Guzik - 2 years ago

Solus Christus: Why We Don't Put Our Faith in Churches, Leaders or Rituals

On October 31,1517, the German monk, pastor and seminary professor, Martin Luther, published 95 complaints against the church practice of selling reductions to the penalty of sin. The iconic figure we cherish is of Luther nailing a paper with these 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, but historians aren’t completely confident that he did this. We have no record of Martin Luther himself referr...

by David Guzik - 2 years ago

Sola Gratia: The Beauty & Sufficiency of Grace in the Salvation of Sinners

Soon it will be the 500th anniversary of when German pastor, monk and seminary professor, Martin Luther, published 95 objections to the church practice of selling reductions to the penalty of sin. Most historians use that event to mark the start of what we call the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther and his fellow reformers changed the European world and beyond, and their ideas are summarized in a series...

by David Guzik - 2 years ago

Sola Fide: Clarifying the Role of Faith in the Gift of Salvation

Most historians mark the start of the Protestant Reformation to the 1517 publication of Martin Luther’s list of 95 complaints against a practice known as selling indulgences. This year (2017) marks the 500th anniversary of that great event. Tourists are flooding the great cities and sites where Luther’s reformation unfolded, and people are thinking and talking about the great ideas of the Reformation. Those...

by David Guzik - 2 years ago

Sola Scriptura: Biblical Authority and the People of God

The great men of the Reformation – Martin Luther, Ulrich Zwingli, John Calvin, and those associated with them declared their beliefs in a series of “solas” (solae if you’re really into Latin). From Latin, sola means “alone” or “single.” We get our words "solo" and "solitary" from this Latin root. The classic sola statements of the Reformation were and are: Sola Scriptura (...

by David Guzik - 3 years ago

Women and Men: Roles and Responsibility in the Church

An ongoing matter of debate among Christians is over the issue of what the Bible says about the respective roles of men and women in the ministry and services of a local congregation or church. Some believe the Bible teaches no difference at all in the role or responsibility of men and women in the home or the church. Others believe that the Bible teaches the principle of male leadership in the home and in the chu...

by David Guzik - 3 years ago

What Preachers Can Learn from Vin Scully

In the world of American sports broadcasting, Vin Scully is a larger-than-life legend. For more than 60 years, he has told the story of the baseball club, the Dodgers, starting in Brooklyn and then in Los Angeles. He is probably the most admired man in his profession. He is associated with a sports team that has won many championships and has had many star athletes, but Vin Scully is probably the most loved, respe...

by David Guzik - 3 years ago

The Transforming Truth and Grace of Jesus

The Apostle John wrote the words, “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). The Apostle Paul didn’t write those words, but he certainly lived them. He had a powerful encounter with Jesus Christ, where Jesus confronted Paul with both His grace and His truth. Acts 9:4-5 describes how Jesus revealed truth to Paul, the truth that he not only persecuted Christians...

by David Guzik - 3 years ago

Liturgy, History & the Earliest Church with David Guzik and Lance Ralston

A January, 2014, an article in “The American Conservative” described why some Millennials are leaving Evangelical churches to join more liturgical denominations like Anglican, Orthodox and Roman Catholicism.¹ It isn’t just church members making the switch; some pastors are as well. There’s something in what’s called “high church” formalism that appeals to these denominational converts. There’s an implicit sense th...

by David Guzik - 3 years ago

7 Reasons Jesus Couldn’t Stay Dead

The Bible tells us that Jesus of Nazareth rose from the dead on the Sunday after Passover. The risen Jesus met with and spoke with people for 40 days following that, including up to 500 people at a time (1 Corinthians 15:6). At the 40 day mark, He ascended to heaven, as His disciples watched. Ten days after that, on the day of the Jewish festival of Pentecost, one of His disciples preached about the risen Jesus to...

by David Guzik - 3 years ago

7 Reasons Jesus had to Die

We believe there is a plan and a destiny for every life, but that was true of Jesus in a way unlike anyone else. As Jesus taught, made disciples, healed, confronted corruption, and performed miracles, He lived a life like no other. Yet, the life of Jesus was directed towards one goal greater than any of those remarkable things He did: His destiny was to die in obedience to His God and Father. The work of Jesus on ...