Wednesday

Our Journey of the Sola’s

The past couple of months, I invited you to join me in a series of “Solo’s”. In July was our introductory welcome to the Sola’s by investigating together what Sola Scriptura means.  It is Latin for Scripture alone.  I shared how this term arose out of Christian history during the great reformation of the sixteenth century and birthed out of the hearts of God’s people for the purpose of drawing them to the holy scriptures of God and nothing but.  This term was defined and created by the Westminster Divines, during the Protestant Reformation after heresy and false teachings begin to sneak into the church and believer’s hearts began corrupting the sacred teachings of the Bible and the holiness of Christ, turning others from God’s holy truth.
 
In August, we focused on Soli Deo Gloria which means “For the Glory of God Alone” but also translated as “Glory to God Alone”. The application of this term has been used by great composers such as George Frideric Handel who wrote the wonderful Handel’s Messiah to which people around the world join in praise to God every year, since its inauguration, during the Christmas season.  Handel made sure the purpose, clarification and understanding of his musical work was produced solely for the purpose of praising God and NOTHING else.  This IS the reasonable service for those who are the sinners turned servants and saints of the most high God. These do all things for His glory and for kingdom of God.
 
September was the month we studied deeper with the phrase Sola Fide…by faith alone…sometimes called “the material cause or principle”, became the central doctrinal issue for many Christian reformers throughout the history in 16th century.  Excluding the false teaching that good works is necessary for salvation, Sola Fide confirms that justification is received by faith ONLY without any need, deeds or acts of good works.  Martin Luther, the great reformers, often called Sola Fide the “doctrine by which the church stands or falls.”  May the church of this 20th century present age stand in the faith of Christ and Christ alone!
 
October brings us to the fourth out of five “sola’s!  Sola Gratia.  This Latin word means grace alone.  This describes us as sinners and clearly identifies God as the salvation of sinners by His grace and His grace alone.  A sinner is not accepted by God on account of the change that the believer has done by his own works instead, it is by God's grace, confirming that anyone  is accepted into God’s loving arms without any regard for the merit of his works.  Of course this person must believe on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ in order to be saved…
 
I know what it means but what does it mean?
Most of us have heard of the word grace and use it in a everyday format such as
saying a prayer before eating a meal, training children to have patience with
their siblings or even when we counsel a loved one in a situation when they are treated unfairly, yet through calming the emotions of our loved one, we encourage them to let the offender  “off the hook”  by giving them grace, overlooking the problem and remembering that we most often have acted in the same way sometime in our life.
 
The Merriam-Webster’s  dictionary describes grace as unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification. A virtue coming from God and a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace.
 
The Greek transliteration for the word grace is charis, used 156 times in the New Testament.  It comes from the root word of  χαρω which is used 74 times in the NT
These translations include definitions such as:
Grace= which means that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness: grace of speech.  Good will, loving-kindness, favor =which means of the merciful kindness by which God, exerting his holy influence upon souls, turns them to Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases them in Christian faith, knowledge, affection, and kindles them to the exercise of the Christian virtues.  Thanks= (for benefits, services, favors), recompense, reward. What is due to grace=  1) the spiritual condition of one governed by the power of divine grace 2)  the token or proof of grace, benefit, bounty, a gift of grace.
 
G. W. Wright says it right
G.W Wright in writings pens this phrase…
“When a person works an eight-hour day and receives a fair day’s pay for his time, that is a wage. When a person competes with an opponent and receives a trophy for his performance that is a prize. When a person receives appropriate recognition for his long service or high achievements that is an award. But when a person is not capable of earning a wage, can win no prize, and deserves no award—yet receives such a gift anyway—that is a good picture of God’s unmerited favor. This is what we mean when we talk about the grace of God.”
 
Moving from Salvation to Sanctification
Once a person accepts Christ as their Lord and Savior they are saved from their sins and eternal damnation and instead welcomed into the kingdom of God.  Which by the way all of heaven rejoices when one sinner becomes a saint and has a great big party!  (Read Like chapter 15 ) This is salvation in Christ and him alone.  Now that a person has repented from their sins, saved by the blood of Christ and welcomed into the kingdom of God, now what do they do now?  We workout our own salvation through following the example of Christ, not via our own efforts, but only through the grace of God.  Sola Gratia clarifies the difference between salvation in Christ, and the sanctification of Christ. Through the grace of God He spiritual grows us through the Holy Spirit, not through our own works preparing us for glorification, but through God and Him alone, so no one gets the glory but Him.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you each one!
 
 
Resource:  Clip-Art Features for Church Newsletters, G.W. Knight, p. 53
 
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About the author:
Simone Lake is a Christ follower, bride of Pastor Dr. John Lake, Bible teacher and a passionate pray-er. Visit her: www.deeprootsin christ.com, www.simonelake.com, facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Solo Fide!


Recently during a pastor and pastor’s wife retreat, my husband and I enjoyed a wonderful and much needed get away filled with refreshing, relaxation, respite, instruction, encouragement, laughter and very delicious food!  During one evening session, there was entertainment…a master illusionist (MI for short), who was skilled in the art of deceiving others for show.  Normally I do not care for this type of entertainment, I would prefer the opera like gatherings such as Handel’s Messiah or some other form of art such as a ballet, music concert, etc.
But as I begin to watch him, I became intrigued.  Not so much at what he was doing but HOW he did it.  Not so much why he did a trick but WHERE the precise timing of his hands where and WHEN he timed distractions throughout each illusion .

As a spectator, my new assignment along with other members in the audience quickly shifted from sitting back and being entertained to how we can discern and catch the sleight of hands in the process. 
One thing that fascinated me about this MI was that it was so incredibly easy for him to deceive us…over and over and over again with the same simple set of rules he was very skilled in: human manipulation, reading of body language and studying of human behavior.  Even though we all knew we were being deceived…no one could quite figure out how it was done.


Christ, the greatest Gift
At the end of this entertainment the MI, received a standing ovation, filled with applause, awe, wonderment and puzzlement…I walked away with this thought… Spiritually speaking, this is what is happening currently all over the world. Satan the great MI, works overtime to deceive others in refusing the greatest gift given to mankind…

Christ and his bloody death on the cross for the remission of sins.  Others are deceived by thinking Christ has not risen, denying He is currently sitting on the right hand side of God and still others are fooled by not having faith in Christ and Him alone as key in their salvation process, but tricked into thinking that they must do additional works, deed, and rules, falsely accepting that we as humans can add to God’s already perfect equation of faith in Christ alone.
Thank God for the Five Solae of the Protestant Reformation.  Thank God for a group of godly men who could see that foul, evil, sneaky, sleight of hand of satan and put a halt to those lies, leading to utter destruction and instead  bringing the holy truth of God through the Bible  and in clear Christian theological doctrine, bring not only clarity, but the good news of salvation by faith in Christ alone.

Recap and Review:
The past couple of months, I invited you to join me in a series of “Solo’s”. In July we looked at Sola Scriptura which is Latin for Scripture alone.  I shared how this term arose out of history during the great reformation of the sixteenth century and birthed out of the hearts of God’s people for the purpose of drawing them to the holy scriptures of God and nothing but.  This term was defined and created by the Westminster Divines, during the Protestant Reformation after heresy and false teachings begin to sneak into the church and believer’s hearts began corrupting the sacred teachings of the Bible and the holiness of Christ, turning others from God’s holy truth.

In August, we will be looking at Soli Deo Gloria which means For the Glory of God Alone but also translated as Glory to God alone. The application of this term has been used by great composers such as George Frideric Handel who wrote the wonderful Handel’s Messiah to which people around the world join in praise to God every year, since its inauguration, during the Christmas season.  Handel made sure the purpose, clarification and understanding of his musical work was produced solely for the purpose of praising God and NOTHING else.
This month we will look at Sola Fide…by faith alone…sometimes called the material cause or principle, became the central doctrinal issue for many reformers.  Excluding the false teaching that good works is necessary for salvation, Sola Fide confirms that justification is received by faith only without any need, deeds or acts of good works.  Martin Luther, the great reformers, often called Sola Fide the “doctrine by which the church stands or falls.”

The Core Root Of Christianity
Faith in Christ alone is based completely and only on the finished work of Christ. It is a divine work God instituted and promised to His people and all who believe many centuries ago as prophesied in the Old Testament.  This is a clear distinct separation of every other religion.  All other religions are based on human effort and achievement, deceiving people into believing that in somehow, in some way, they can add to the perfect work ordained by God…and much like the MI, find themselves spiraling down in a preoccupation of a sinner’s effort to be holy on based on their own efforts.

It is justification by faith alone in Christ that clearly leads the way in Christianity.
Jesus taught justification by faith alone

Apostle Paul had the same tasks as the Reformers…
Looking through his epistles, Paul and the other authors of books in the New Testament, where dealing with the same error found in every false cult and false religion. Pleading in their writings for the audience not to be deceived by these MI who come in with the purpose of deceiving Christians from their faith in Christ.

My greatest concern is even now as I write this article, that Christians are being so deceived and poisoned by the lies and deception and twisting of scripture.
My friend DO NOT be deceived by the MI of this world.  CLING to Christ alone, through faith alone to the glory of God alone and no other.

Jesus himself says “He who believes [ in me as the Son of God]  and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
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Calendar:
Bible Study:  The Gospel of Mark - Tuesdays 9:00am to 11:00am
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Bible Study:  The Chaplaincy of Christ:  The Gospel of Luke
Audio Teachings on prayer and various speaking:  http://deeprootsinchrist.sermon.net

 
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About the author:
Simone Lake is a Christ follower, bride of Pastor Dr. John Lake, Bible teacher and a passionate pray-er. Visit her: www.deeprootsin christ.com, www.simonelake.com, facebook Twitter and LinkedIn.

Saturday

Soli Deo Gloria!

Recently on my facebook, one of my friends shared  “what was on her mind.”
What was on her mind was a video she posted of her rather large retriever dog taking a “selfie” with clothes, makeup (including false eye lashes) not to mention all these additional items… posing for a glam shot with this utter look of arrogant confidence.  Hilarious! The human clothes didn’t even fit!  As a dog lover myself I could not hold back my laugher as I said out loud “There is something shamefully wrong with this picture!”  It was almost as if the caption read. “Don’t you think I am beautiful?  Don’t you care about ever single detail of my life?  My whole existence is based on your human opinion of me.” 
 
This parody was obviously poking fun at all the ways humans are focused on themselves with every kind of format, style, technology of “selfie” out there in this world!  The sad part is that human opinion is ranked as number one in how a person, thinks, and views themselves and the world.  Not only shamefully wrong but completely scary especially when it comes to our souls because the world view is completely contrary to the Biblical view.
 
Thank God that this world is not the end and there is a heaven to look forward to!
A glorious expectation of those who believe and follow Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior
But the true question is…What are you doing down here on earth to prepare you for heaven?
 
Remembrance and Review:
Last month, I invited you to join me in a series of “Solo’s”. In July we looked at Sola Scriptura which is Latin for Scripture alone.  I shared how this term arose out of history during the great reformation of the sixteenth century and birthed out of the hearts of God’s people for the purpose of drawing them to the holy scriptures of God and nothing but.  This term was defined and created by the Westminster Divines, during the Protestant Reformation after heresy and false teachings begin to sneak into the church and believer’s hearts began corrupting the sacred teachings of the Bible and the holiness of Christ, turning others from God’s holy truth.
This month we will be looking at Soli Deo Gloria which means For the Glory of God Alone but also translated as Glory to God alone. The application of this term has been used by great composers such as George Frideric Handel who wrote the wonderful Handel’s Messiah to which people around the world join in praise to God every year, since its inauguration, during the Christmas season.  Handel made sure the purpose, clarification and understanding of his musical work was produced solely for the purpose of praising God and NOTHING else.
 
God’s glory, 1700’s and Lord’s Prayer  
So perhaps you are thinking how does the glory of God and a musical score, from the 1700’s have to do with me? A whole lot!  Matter of fact 100% of the very core of our life depends on it! It is all summed up with the three terms of salvation, sanctification and glorification.  Once we come to know the Lord as our personal Savior and Lord we give up our life and what we want to do and live completely by His word (the Bible) and His will, guided and lead by the Holy Spirit…Who is now living inside every believer of Christ. Sanctification is the process of continual growth in divine grace because of your personal commitment after baptism and conversion to Christ…to live for Him as Lord.
 
So what does this actually mean?  It means that after we are believers and followers in Christ we need to start living and following the example of Christ.  God alone has sanctified us through the precious blood of Christ shed on the cross for our sins.  But we have to do our part in submitting to, agreeing with and living our lives in accordance with God’s word.  We need to make our minds up that we will not be focused on ourselves- “spiritual selfies” constantly focused on our flesh, what we want , the world, … but instead focusing on God’s glory and following our great Example-Christ!
 
From Selfies to God’s glory
 
Matthew chapter 6:9-15,   is a great model prayer for us to start focusing on God and leaving ourselves far behind.  Jesus gives us the perfect model prayer to mesh with the heartbeat of God and focus on God and his glory.   This is commonly known as the Lord’s prayer as well as my prayer for each of you.
 
What NOT to do:
Verse 9-“So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you  ask Him.” “Pray, then, in this way:” Jesus is telling his disciples, DO NOT follow the  people who follow the things of the world…  The biblical selfies but instead look to God to meet your needs.
 
Thanksgiving and Declaration of Allegiance to Loyalty
Verse 10 “Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven”Worship God is our first and foremost duty in following Soli Deo  Gloria…glorifying God and who He is! 
 
Intercession and Petition
Verse  11  Give us this day our daily bread.
Confession and Forgiveness
Verse 12 -15 ‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And do not
lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the
power  and the glory forever. Amen.’ “For if you forgive others for their
transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  “But if you do not
forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.
 
May we live our lives in complete Soli Deo Gloria! Unto the Lord in all we say and do!
CALENDAR
1.  Bible Study:  Prayer Tuesdays 9:00am to 11:00am starting in Sept.  2014
            Check website for more info.  www.churchonrandallplace.org
2.  Apologetics Teachings/Courses starting in Sept. 2014- contact Simone for more info.
3.  Audio Teachings on prayer and various speaking:
             http://deeprootsinchrist.sermon.net
 
 
 
©Copyright 2014 Simone Lake. All Rights Reserved.
© Copyright 2014 Deep Roots in Christ Ministries. All Rights Reserved
 
About the author:
Simone Lake is a Christ follower, bride of Pastor Dr. John Lake, Bible teacher and a passionate pray-er. Visit her: www.deeprootsin christ.com, www.simonelake.com, facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.