Peace Baptist Church: Teaching
The Five Solas: We hold to the simple teachings found within the five historic "solas of the Reformation." These five solas are a simple affirmation of the ancient teachings of Scripture concerning the person and work of Jesus Christ, the Scriptures, salvation, genuine faith, as well as the consummate goal of the believer's life - to live for the glory of God alone (Hebrews 11). Below is a description of these affirmations which supply an important foundation for life and godliness for all genuine believers.
Sola Scriptura: We affirm the inerrancy, sufficiency and perspicuity of the 66 books of the Bible alone, all of which are God breathed and profitable for teaching, reproof, correction and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16-17). In view of the surpassing value of God's Word, the believer must seek to be sanctified by it alone, for the Word of God incarnate, the Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:14), prayed to the Father: "Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth." John 17:17.
Solus Christus: The Apostle Peter declared that "... there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12. Not any of the works, the philosophies or religions of men can offer any measure of hope for salvation, for the Lord Jesus Christ declared: "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no man comes to the Father but through Me." John 17:4.
Sola Gratia: By God's grace alone sinners receive the gift of eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ; not because of any of their deeds, social affiliations or genealogy. Because salvation is the sovereign gift of God, the redeemed have only one object of boasting: The Lord God - " But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, "Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord." 1 Corinthians 1:30-31.
Sola Fide: By grace alone, sinners are saved through faith alone in Christ alone, as the Apostle Paul taught: Ephesians 2:8-9: 8 "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast." Faith is the gracious gift of God which draws men from their sinful rebellion (Ephesians 1:3), and dead works (Isaiah 64:6), to genuine faith and trust in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9). No one has the power to come to Christ in this manner apart from the Father's gift (John 6:65).
Soli Deo Gloria: The Scriptures clearly teach that all things exist and subsist for the Lord's ultimate glory: "For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen." Romans 11:36. Thus, all things are from Him (John 1:2-3); all things are mediated through His sovereign Providence (Isaiah 45:5-7) and all things are ultimately for His glory and good pleasure (John 12:28). Therefore, the genuine child of God will look to do the things which are pleasing to the Lord (Ephesians 5:6-10) out of a genuine love for Him, above all others (Mark 12:28-31).