Every year at Redeemer during the last weekend of October, known as Reformation Weekend, we have a weekend conference to celebrate the great truths of the historic Protestant Reformation of the 16th century that were preserved and passed on in Christ's church. These truths can be summarized in "The Five Solas of the Reformation." The “five solas” is a term used to designate five great foundational rallying cries of the Protestant reformers. They are as follows: “Sola Scriptura” (Scripture Alone); “Sola Gratia” (Grace Alone); “Sola Fide” (Faith Alone); “Solus Christus” (Christ Alone); and “Soli Deo Gloria” (To God Alone Be Glory).
To summarize these doctrines we believe, with the Protestant reformers and Protestant churches, that Scripture alone is the final authority for the faith and practice of the church. We also believe that a person is justified (forgiven and declared righteous in God's sight) by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone. Finally, because salvation is a gift of God, by grace alone, we believe that God alone deserves all the glory in our salvation. For a fuller description of these rich Biblical truths we recommend the following article: The Five Solas of the Reformation, by James Montgomery Boice.
As part of our annual celebration we host a conference every year on a particular theme. In 2011 our speaker was Rev. Paul Murphy, pastor of Messiah's Reformed Fellowship in New York City. Rev. Murphy spoke on the topic of evangelism and missions with the premise that the Reformation was a missions-driven movement intent on getting the Gospel right and getting the Gospel out.
This year our main speaker was Dr. Scott M. Finch, an Elder of our church and Assistant Professor of Music and Worship Arts at Briercrest College and Seminary. Our theme was "The Reformation According to Nehemiah: Living Out the Layman's Faith." Dr. Finch challenged us to live out our union with Christ by faith in serving others "through the "I's" of faith": Inquiry, Initiative, Identity, Inscription, and Imitation. We considered these themes in the book of Nehemiah and saw how Nehemiah ultimately foreshadowed the person and work of Christ, the author and perfecter of our faith. As those who are in Christ by grace alone, through faith alone, God calls us to imitate Christ in our own lives by serving others out of thankfulness to God.
To listen to both of these conferences click "launch audio" below.