We hold to the 5 Solas of the Reformation
Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone)– This is the foundation of our faith and our approach to doctrine here at Faithful Stewardship. If what you are teaching or presenting as orthodoxy cannot be taught from the Scriptures alone, we are not interested in it. The Word of God is sufficient, and we discuss that in detail below.
Sola Gratia (Grace Alone) — It is only by God’s grace that we live, that He gave us His Word, and that He reaches out to us. We haven’t earned anything but God’s wrath.
Sola Fide (Faith Alone) — We are not saved by works; rather, by God’s Grace, through Faith. Faith comes to us by hearing the Word of God (which we can only do thanks to His Grace), so apart from the Word of God we have no faith and cannot be saved.
Solus Cristus (in Christ Alone) — Faith requires an object. Faith is not something we just “need to have” in a vacuum. Our faith is in Jesus Christ, the Word of God made flesh, who by His Grace laid down His life as payment for sin so that He bore upon Himself the Wrath of God we earned so that in Christ we are made right with God and given the gift of everlasting life.
Soli Deo Gloria (to the Glory of God Alone) — All praise, and All glory, and All honor go to God. For those who boast, let their boasting be in Christ, because no man can boast of anything.
Our Doctrinal Views
When I started this blogsite (Nov 2013), I was working through everything I had been taught and searching the scriptures to see if they were true. I was working through a lot of false teaching from the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and discovering that the broader landscape of Evangelicalism was errant and awash in mysticism, prosperity, and word-of-faith (WoF) heresy. My family needed a solid church that taught the Scriptures faithfully, and I needed to know how to rightly handle God’s Word if I was to fulfill my role as husband to my wife and father to my children. We spent a great deal of time visiting churches, listening to their sermons online, researching their doctrines and confessions, and searching the Scriptures. We spent a lot of time in a Reformed Baptist church that faithfully preached the Gospel at first… but Calvinism required a re-interpretation of too much of the plainly written scriptures. After countless hours of wrestling with the Scriptures, we realized that our objections to the Lutheran Confessions no longer held any Scriptural basis; rather, these objections were the result of my having to let go of what I had been taught about baptism. You see, the basis of creedal baptism isn’t exegeted from Scriptures regarding baptism; rather, it is extrapolated from salvation passages that don’t mention baptism, or as Chris Rosebrough would say, from the water-less passages. We are now a Lutheran Family, as of the Fall of 2015. The following list of blogs serve as a bit of a historical record of the struggle and the work we did as a family searching for a new church. I now have a wonderful Pastor a small congregation and our family is working through Luther’s Small Catechism together. For better understanding of our Lutheran views, please visit the Resources Page. If you are interested in seeing what we were working through in 2014, check out the following links.
- The Sovereignty of the One True God
- All Scripture is God Breathed
- Delegation of Authority: Adam
- Delegation of Authority: The Holy Spirit
- God the Holy Spirit | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | His Gifts
- Eschatology: The Return of Jesus Christ | Rapture?
- The Righteousness of Biblical Submission
- Biblical Submission | Relationships
- Biblical Submission | The Marriage Relationship
- What the Bible Says about Sex
- The Church | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5