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A careful study of the history of the church prepares and equips its members to face the difficulties of its own day. Popular church historian and author, Stephen Nichols, embarks on this seven-part series to assist the church in understanding the solas of the Reformation and their place for the people of God in all ages.

Ligonier Ministries
1 Season, 7 Episodes
Cast: Stephen J. Nichols
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  • In the final part of this series, Stephen Nichols helps believers understand why the Reformation mattered then and now. He answers questions such as what is the greatest threat to Sola Scriptura in the church today, what happened to Puritanism in the United States, and more.

  • Throughout his life, John Calvin clung to the promise of eternal life, letting it infuse and shape everything he did. In the fifth part of this series, Stephen Nichols demonstrates how Calvin understood the principle of solus Christus ("Christ alone"), believing that the blessing of salvation by grace through faith alone awaits those who cling to our Lord and Savior, Jesus.

  • Paul and Silas' exhortation to the Philippian jailer in Acts 16:30 reminds that salvation comes through grace by faith alone. The Word of God is replete with similar assertions. In the fourth part of this series, Stephen Nichols tells the story of Lady Jane Grey and explains why she could face death with confidence.

  • Mankind continually looks internally for solutions that can only be found externally. In the sixteenth century, the Roman Catholic Church had created a system of merit integral for salvation and incumbent upon works. In the third part of this series, Stephen Nichols explains how the weight of these demands crushed Christians throughout Europe.

  • In the early sixteenth century, the place of the Word of God had shifted in the Roman Catholic Church and the Bible no longer stood as the central authority upon which the Christian life rested. In the second part of this series, Stephen Nichols explains how this condition would begin to change.

  • The Reformation of the sixteenth century emphasized a return to the Word of God as a remedy for the theological deficiencies of the Roman Catholic Church. In the first part of this series, Stephen Nichols discusses how the church today faces similar problems to the church of yesteryear, albeit packaged and branded in different forms.

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