From The Pastor At St. Paul's UCC, Freeburg, IL

Coming This Sunday – Christ Alone

Actually I hope there will be a lot more coming this Sunday than Christ alone 🙂 . “Christ Alone” is the topic of this Sunday’s sermon, the last in a short series on the “Sola’s” of Reformation faith (Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Scripture Alone, Christ Alone). The text is John 14:1-11, which reads:

1  “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.” 5  Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7  If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” 8  Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works. 11 Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me, or else believe on account of the works themselves. John 14:1-11 (ESV)

The Reformation faith teaching of “Christ Alone” asserts along with Scripture that this is no other mediator between man and God; no other access. In Luther’s day this teaching was aimed at the view that Mary or saints or priests provide alternate access to the Father. No, said the Reformers. Christ is the only mediator, the only access – Christ alone.

You see how Jesus teaches this in the passage from John above. There’s not many ways to slice and dice “No one comes to the Father except through me.” So….was Jesus wrong? Was he kidding? If not, how do we handle this teaching in such a pluralistic culture? In our day and place, it’s offensive to say “There is one truth and I know it”.

Are we being narrow-minded, primitive, arrogant when we say that Christ alone provides access to the Father? That’s what I’ll be talking about this Sunday – come and get it!

P.S. – last Sunday our choir sang an arrangement of the Getty’s hymn Christ Alone. If you’d like to hear them perform it, go here and watch the video.

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