At the heart of the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago was the recovery of the Scriptures as the only basis for what we believe and how we live. Am I, like Martin Luther, bound by Holy Scripture? Is my heart captive to the Word of God?
There is only one mediator between God and men; only one Savior of the world; only one Lord to whom all peoples owe their allegiance. Christ Alone. But He is ALSO to be our one delight, our greatest joy, our only treasure and our strength alone.
The first two ‘solas’ at the heart of the Reformation are found in the doctrine of justification by GRACE alone through FAITH alone. (Its the 500th anniversary of that Reformation this month.)
The Fear of the Lord leads us out of our preoccupation with ourselves.
Mary’s example of submission in Luke One is one of the finest examples of humility in the New Testament.
The devastating humility of the mind of Christ in Phil.2:5-9 is the life God exalted to the highest place … and now longs to give to us!
Pride is our greatest enemy, but detecting it is our greatest challenge.
Jesus’ call to the weary and heavy laden to come to him and find rest.
Jesus severely warns us about JUDGING others. Our words have the power of life and death in them, so “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, that is bless, affirm and build others up with our words.