Faith Alone: The Doctrine of Justification is part of the Five Solas Series, offering readers a look back to the five rallying cries of the Reformation---the five solas---while seeking to apply them in a fresh way to the contemporary church. In this study, renowned biblical scholar Thomas Schreiner looks at the historical and biblical roots of the doctrine of justification by faith. He summarizes the history of the doctrine, looking at the early church and the writings of several of the Reformers. He guides students through examination of key texts in the Old and New Testaments and introduces some of the contemporary challenges to the Reformation teaching of sola fide.
Historians and theologians have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were five declarations, often referred to as the “solas”: sola scriptura, solus Christus, sola gratia, sola fide, and soli Deo gloria. These five statements summarize much of what the Reformation was about, and they distinguish Protestantism from other expressions of the Christian faith. Protestants place ultimate and final authority in the Scriptures, acknowledge the work of Christ alone as sufficient for redemption, recognize that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, and seek to do all things for God’s glory.
Five hundred years after the Reformation, the doctrine of justification by faith alone still needs to be understood and proclaimed. In Faith Alone, you will learn how the rallying cry of “sola fide” is rooted in the Scriptures and how to apply this sola in a fresh way in light of today’s contemporary challenges.
With the Course and Study Pack, the audio and video lectures are combined with the accompanying book Faith Alone to enhance your engagement with the content. Faith Alone lectures are accessible to a variety of audiences—college and seminary students, pastors, lay learners, and anyone interested in learning about the authority of God’s Word.
Thomas R. Schreiner (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament and associate dean of Scripture and interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. The author of numerous books, he is the preaching pastor of Clifton Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky.