In Grace Alone, scholar Carl Trueman looks at the historical and biblical roots of the doctrine that salvation is by grace alone, a free gift unmerited by human effort or works. Lessons examine the development of this theme in the early church through the Reformation to the Protestant confessions that still shape the church in the present day. Trueman also explores the biblical means of receiving God's grace through the fellowship of believers, the sacraments, and through the Word of God, and considers how we need to recover this doctrine in the face of today's challenges.
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 Grace Alone, you will learn how the rallying cry of “sola gratia” 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 Grace 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.
Grace Alone, Video Lectures: A Complete Course on the Doctrine of Salvation is still in production, but will be automatically downloaded once completed.
Carl Trueman is professor of historical theology and church history at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is the author of numerous books, including The Creedal imperative: Histories and Fallacies; Goods Rush in Where Monkeys Fear to Tread; Republocat: Confessions of a Liberal Conservative; Reformation Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow; John Owen: Reformed, Catholic, Renaissance Man, Minority Report;and The Wages of Spin. Trueman is also a contributor to Reformation21 where he writes from a Reformed vantage point.