Historians and theologians have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were five declarations (or “solas”) that distinguished the movement from other expressions of the Christian faith:
- Sola scriptura: “God’s Word alone”
- Sola fide: “Faith alone”
- Sola gratia: “Grace alone”
- Solo Christo: “Christ alone”
- Soli Deo gloria: “To the glory of God alone”
Five hundred years later, we live in a different time with fresh challenges to our faith. Yet these rallying cries of the Reformation continue to speak to us, addressing a wide range of contemporary issues.
The Five Solas Course Track will help you understand the history and theology of the five solas and show you how to live out the relevance of Reformation theology today. This track contains five seminary-level courses—one for each “sola”—taught by first-rate scholars:
- Christ Alone, taught by Stephen Wellum
- Faith Alone, taught by Thomas Schreiner
- God's Glory Alone, taught by David VanDrunen
- God's Word Alone, taught by Mathew Barrett
- Grace Alone, taught by Carl Trueman
- Get immediate access to all five seminary-level online courses in the program
- Access 25+ hours of video lectures from Carl Trueman, Thomas Schreiner, Stephen Wellum, David VanDrunen, and Matthew Barrett
- Work through the courses at your own pace—take up to a year
- Earn a Certificate of Completion
This program includes complete access to five seminary-level online courses:
Grace Alone course, taught by Carl Trueman
- Grace in the Bible
- Grace Narrated: Augustine’s Confessions
- Grace Contested: Augustine versus Pelagius
- Unexpected Ally: Thomas Aquinas
- Justification by Grace: Martin Luther
- Grace Reformed: John Calvin and the Reformed Tradition
- The Church
- The Word
- The Sacraments: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper
Faith Alone course, taught by Thomas Schreiner
- Sola Fide in the Early Church
- Martin Luther on Justification by Faith Alone
- John Calvin on Justification by Faith Alone
- Sola Fide and the Council of Trent
- Glimpses into Further Reformed Discussions on Sola Fide
- The Status of Sola Fide
- Human Sin
- Faith Alone
- Faith in Jesus Christ
- The Importance of Justification in Paul
- God’s Saving Righteousness
- Righteousness Is Eschatological
- Righteousness Is Forensic
- The Righteousness of God
- Imputation of Righteousness
- The Role of Good Works in Justification
- Sola Fide and the Roman Catholic Church
- Frank Beckwith’s Return to Rome
- N.T. Wright and the New Perspective on Paul
- New Perspective on Paul
- A Concluding Word
Christ Alone course, taught by Stephen Wellum
- Introduction: The Biblical Identity of Jesus Christ
- The Self-Witness of Christ: God the Son Incarnate
- The Apostolic Witness to Christ: God the Son Incarnate
- From Incarnation to Atonement: An Exclusive Identity for an All-Sufficient Work
- The Threefold Office of Christ Alone: Our Prophet, Priest, King
- The Cross-Work of Christ in Historical Perspective
- The Cross of Our All-Sufficient Savior: Penal Substitution, Part 1
- The Cross of our Glorious Redeemer: Penal Substitution, Part 2
- Chalcedonian Unity: Agreement on Christ’s Exclusive Identity in the Reformation
- The Sufficiency of Christ: The Reformation’s Disagreement with Rome
- The Loss of Christ’s Exclusivity: Our Current Challenge
- Reaffirming Christ Alone Today
God's Glory Alone course, taught by David VanDrunen
- Soli Deo Gloria Among the Reformation Solas
- The Glorious God, Glorified Through Us: Soli Deo Gloria in Reformed Theology
- In the Cloud: God’s Glory Made Visible, Part 1
- In the Cloud: God’s Glory Made Visible, Part 2
- The Brightness of His Father’s Glory: The Glory of God Incarnate, Part 1
- The Brightness of His Father’s Glory: The Glory of God Incarnate, Part 2
- The Glory of Christ in the Glorification of His People, Part 1
- The Glory of Christ in the Glorification of His People, Part 2
- Prayer and Worship in an Age of Distraction, Part 1
- Prayer and Worship in an Age of Distraction, Part 2
- The Fear of the Lord in an Age of Narcissism, Part 1
- The Fear of the Lord in an Age of Narcissism, Part 2
- Glorifying God in an Age That Is Passing, Part 1
- Glorifying God in an Age That Is Passing, Part 2
God's Word Alone course, taught by Matthew Barrett
- Introduction: Sola Scriptura
- The Road to Reformation
- The Modern Shift in Authority
- Today's Crisis over Biblical Authority
- God's Word in the Economy of the Gospel
- God Speaks Covenantal Words
- God's Covenantal Word Proves True
- God Speaks with Authority
- God Speaks Truthfully
- God Speaks to Be Heard
- God's Speech is Enough
Designed to Help You Succeed
- Work at your own pace.
Take as much time as you need to work through each course and each lesson—up to a year. We’ll walk you through every lesson, step-by-step, to make sure you understand each concept before you move on. Pause and rewind video lectures, work through the review sessions as many times as you’d like, and study at the times of day that work best for you. With this program, you’ll get the flexibility to learn in a way that’s best for you.
- Learn from seasoned teachers and scholars.
Your instructors are Carl Trueman, Thomas Schreiner, Stephen Wellum, David VanDrunen, and Matthew Barrett. They have taught the material to thousands of students, collectively, in churches, classrooms, and online.
- Get access to tools proven to help you learn.
Take advantage of the most sophisticated adaptive learning technology ever developed for memory and retention. The tool, built by Cerego, has been used around the world by learners of all ages and abilities.
- Get digital access to all course materials—anytime, anywhere.
Get access to 25+ hours of video lectures, plus all textbook readings, exercises, quizzes, and more, on an easy-to-use learning platform developed by BibleMesh.
How to Earn a Certificate: 3 Steps
- Achieve an 80% or higher grade in each of the five required courses.
- Complete all coursework within 36 months of enrolling.
- Notify us of completion.
When we have confirmed you have satisfied the program requirements, we will issue a Certificate of Completion.