Petra Christian University
Statement of Faith (Nicene Creed and the Five Solas)
The Nicene Creed
We believe in
one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all
things visible and invisible.
The Five Solas
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten
of the Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very
God of Very God, begotten, not made, being of one substance with
the Father by whom all things were made; who for us men, and for
our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy
Spirit of the Virgin Mary, and was made man, and was crucified also
for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, and the
third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, and ascended
into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And he
shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead,
whose kingdom shall have no end.
And we believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of Life, who
proceedeth from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and
the Son together is worshipped and glorified, who spoke by the prophets.
And we believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge
one baptism for the remission of sins. And we look for the resurrection
of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
What are the Five Solas?
Sola scriptura ("by scripture alone") is the doctrine
that the Bible is the only infallible or inerrant authority for
Christian faith, and that it contains all knowledge necessary for
salvation and holiness. Consequently, Sola Scriptura demands that
no doctrine is to be admitted or confessed that is not found directly
or logically within Scripture. However, Sola Scriptura is not a
denial of other authorities governing Christian life and devotion.
Rather, it simply demands that all other authorities are subordinate
to, and are to be corrected by, the written word of God.
Sola fide ("by faith alone"), also historically known
as the doctrine of justification by faith. The doctrine of sola
fide or "faith alone" asserts God's pardon for guilty
sinners is granted to and received through faith or belief alone,
to the exclusion of all human efforts or works.
Sola gratia ("by grace along"), is the teaching that salvation
comes by God's grace or "unmerited favor" only
not as something merited by the sinner. This means that salvation
is an unearned gift from God for Jesus' sake.
or Solo Christo
Sola Christus (by "Christ alone" or "through Christ
alone"), is the teaching that Christ is the only mediator between
God and man, and that there is salvation through no other.
Soli Deo Gloria ("glory to God alone"), is the teaching
that all glory is to be due to God alone, since salvation is accomplished
solely through His will and action not only the gift of the
all-sufficient atonement of Jesus on the cross but also the gift
of faith in that atonement, created in the heart of the believer
by the Holy Spirit.