October 31 is Reformation Day, the day Martin Luther (1483-1546) nailed up his 95 theses. Thus, the five “solas” or “onlys” seem appropriate:


  1. Scripture Alone: Scripture alone as the authority for life and practice in the church. (Only Scripture; Latin: Sola Scriptura)


  1. Grace Alone: God’s sovereign grace alone as the reason for our salvation without any actual or potential human merit, effort, faith, or work. (Only Grace; Latin: Sola Gratia)


  1. Faith Alone: Justification by faith alone and no human works. (Only faith; Latin: Sola Fide)


  1. Christ Alone: Salvation through the Person and work of Jesus Christ alone. (Only Christ; Latin: Solus Christus)


  1. Glory of God Alone: All things ultimately for the glory of God alone. (Only God’s glory; Latin: Soli Deo Gloria)



Modified from…


“What do I mean by Reformed Baptist?”

By D. Wayne Layton