A confessing community: Salvation revealed

The Bible is a collection of inspired writings, spanning an array of genres, written by forty-plus authors over a span of some four thousand years. Yet it presents a single, united message. It is easy to miss this central theme in the complexity of…

A confessing community: Salvation provided

Sola 5, whose Confession we are studying in this series, is an association of God-centred evangelical churches in Southern Africa. While there is a degree of doctrinal diversity between the churches, all churches confess certain core doctrines. Most core to the identity of the…

A confessing community: Sin

The five solas of the Protestant Reformation remind us of the gospel truth that the Reformers recaptured: that salvation is by grace alone (sola gratia) through faith alone (sola fide) in Christ alone (solus Christus) according to Scripture alone (sola scriptura) for the glory…

A confessing community: The sovereign God

Greg Boyd is a prominent proponent of open theism. In his book, God of the Possible, he tells the story of a young woman named Suzanne. One Sunday, Suzanne approached him, very angry at God. After he had worked through some of her initial…

A confessing community: God, self-existent

Gretta Vosper pastors West Hill United Church, a congregation in the United Church of Canada. Three years ago, she declared herself an atheist. Following that revelation, two-thirds of her congregation left the church, and denominational leaders sought to remove her from her position arguing…

A confessing community: The living and true God

Christian worship can be defined as a reverent response to divine revelation. To properly worship God, therefore, requires that we properly understand the nature and character of God as it is revealed in Scripture. The Sola 5 Confession of Faith begins with a definition…

Repentance: Six special ingredients

One of the most important distinctives of true Christianity is repentance. William Plumer (1759–1850) once wrote that “repentance belongs exclusively to the religion of sinners. It has no place in the exercises of unfallen creatures…. The wickedness of the human heart makes it necessary.”…