Christ Alone: The Uniqueness of Jesus as Savior: What the Reformers Taught...and Why It Still Matters (Five Solas)
“A timely project, and not simply because the 500th anniversary of the Reformation will soon be upon us. Much of who we are is determined by where we have come from; at a time when even so significant a part of our past as the Reformation is, for many, little more than a name, informed, accessible treatments of its basic principles are welcome indeed.”See All
Professor of Early Christianity, McMaster University
“I welcome this new series and its substantial engagement with the great themes of Reformation theology.”See All
founding dean of Beeson Divinity School; general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture
“The Reformations 500th Anniversary will be celebrated as a significant historical event. However, The Five Solas series explores the contemporary relevance of this legacy for the global church. Superb evangelical scholars have been enlisted not only to summarize the solas, but to engage each from historical, exegetical, and constructive perspectives. These volumes demonstrate that, far from being exhausted slogans, the Reformations key themes need to be rediscovered for the churchs very existence and mission in the world.”See All
, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California
“The Protestant Reformation was driven by a renewed appreciation of the singular fullness of the triune God and his unique sovereignty in all of human life. But that profound reality expressed itself with regard to many questions and in a number of forms, ranging from facets of the liturgy to soteriological tenets and back again. Im delighted to see this new series expositing the five most influential expressions of that God-centeredness, the pivotal Solas of the Protestant Reformation. By expounding the biblical reasoning behind them, I hope these volumes will invigorate a more profoundly theological vision of our lives and callings as Christians and churches.”See All
Associate Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary
“In Christ AloneThe Uniqueness of Jesus as Savior, Stephen Wellum reminds us that Christ alone is not only the center of the five Reformation solas, but that it stands as the central doctrine of systematic theology. Without it we cannot fully understand the doctrines of the Trinity, humanity, or salvation. Christ alone, argues Wellum, must connect all the doctrines of our theology because Christ alone stands as the cornerstone of all the purposes and plans of God himself. Consequently, if we get Christ alone wrong, Wellum reminds us, all other doctrines will likely suffer. So take up this book, read it, and think on the person and work of Christ in order that you may know, worship, and proclaim the same Christ as the Reformers, who is none other than the Christ of Scripture.”See All
Juan R. Sanchez
senior pastor of High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, Texas
“Christ alone is the glue and centerpiece of the five great solas of the Reformation according to this magnificent work by Steve Wellum. We see the centrality of Christ in both his person and his work, for the work of Christ is effective because of who he is. Wellum makes his case from both biblical and systematic theology, and he shows he is well versed in philosophy as well. I believe this book is going to be read and quoted for many years to come.”See All
Thomas R. Schreiner
James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Steve Wellum is my favorite living theologian because he masterfully integrates exegesis, biblical theology, historical theology, systematic theology, and practical theology culminating in doxology. He does it again in this book on solus Christus.”See All
assistant professor of New Testament and theology at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis; elder of Bethlehem Baptist Church
Historians and theologians alike 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.
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 series will help you understand the historical and biblical context of the five solas and how to live out the relevance of Reformation theology today.
In Christ Alone, Stephen Wellum considers Christ's singular uniqueness and significance biblically, historically, and today, in our pluralistic and postmodern age. He examines the historical roots of the doctrine, especially in the Reformation era, and then shows how the uniqueness of Christ has come under specific attack today. Then, he walks us through the storyline of Scripture, from Christ's unique identity and work as prophet, priest, and king, to the application of his work to believers and our covenantal union with him to show that apart from Christ there is no salvation. Wellum shows that we must recover a robust biblical and theological doctrine of Christ's person and work in the face of today's challenges and explains why a fresh appraisal of the Reformation understanding of Christ alone is needed today.