As Lutherans we often talk about “the Solas.” The word “sola” comes from Latin and means only/alone.
The symbol on the left is Luther’s Seal [see explaination below] it is surrounded by the words “faith alone, grace alone, word [scripture] alone.” It is only through Christ that we have forgiveness of sins, life and salvation. We are saved by grace alone through faith alone as found in scripture alone because of Christ alone.
SOLO CHRISTO – THROUGH CHRIST ALONE
Jesus Christ is the exclusive reconciler between God and man. Through His death and resurrection our pardon from God was bought. There is no other means by which we are forgiven and reconciled with God. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church is named “Good Shepherd” because we want you to know The Shepherd = Jesus. He is the only Son of God. He gave His life to restore our relationship to our Heavenly Father.
1 Timothy 2:5-6
SOLA SCRIPTURA – BY SCRIPTURE ALONE
The Bible alone is the inspired and authoritative Word of God.It is the only source, rule and norm for Christian doctrine.
Psalm 119:18; Psalm138:2; 2Timothy3:14-17
SOLA FIDE – BY FAITH ALONE
Justification (that is, being seen as righteous before God) comes through faith only, not doing good things.
SOLA GRATIA – BY GRACE ALONE
Salvation comes by grace only. Meaning that it is not something that we are entitled to on our own. Thus, salvation in an unearned gift from God alone.Ephesians 1:3-8
SOLI DEO GLORIA – GLORY TO GOD ALONE
All glory, honor and praise is due to God alone. He is the center of our worship and loving Him with all of our hearts is our greatest pursuit. He is the creator of all and our eternal hope rests in His hands alone.
1 Peter 4:11; Revelation 1:6
Do you want to know more important Latin phrases? Check out http://www.whatdoesthismean.org/top-5–bob-hiller/top-five-latin-phrases-every-lutheran-should-know
What does Luther’s Seal mean?
To find out more about our Beliefs click on the this link to The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod