Study Guide | Rooted in Grace
This week we continue engaging the central doctrines of the Protestant Reformation in a series we're calling Rooted: In the Soil of a Vibrant, Growing Faith. Thus far in our quest to (re)discover the sources of biblical Christianity, we've discussed the doctrines of the written Word of God, the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, and the Living Word of God, Jesus Christ.
This weekend in all three three worship gatherings and as well as in this week's study guide on Ephesians 2.1-10, we're engaging a third sola: Sola Gratia - grace alone! Indeed, as the Apostle Paul writes,
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast.
We'll ask why preacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones saw in Ephesians 2 the entire gospel message presented in two short words, "But God."
We'll ask why an Augustinian monk Martin Luther referred to grace as "the hinge on which all turns."
Maybe we'll even ask why Terrence Malick began his 2011 film The Tree of Life with this quote:
The nuns taught us there were two ways through life - the way of nature and the way of grace. You have to choose which one you’ll follow… Grace doesn’t try to please itself. Accepts being slighted, forgotten, disliked. Accepts insults and injuries… Nature only wants to please itself. Get others to please it too. Likes to lord it over them. To have its own way. It finds reasons to be unhappy when all the world is shining around it. And love is smiling through all things… The nuns taught us that no one who loves the way of grace ever comes to a bad end.
I hope to see you soon, as we're gathered by God's Spirit to celebrate the good news of God's grace.
Until then, may you know His grace and peace!