Our Core Values
"The Core Values of our Belief"
St Tim's is a Protestant and Reformed church (which is the basis of the faith of the Church of England as set out in the 39 Articles of Religion). At the Reformation in the 16th century 5 core values (known as the 5 'Solas') underpinned the Protestant and Reformed movement. We follow these values today.
Sola Scriptura (By Scripture Alone)
Sola scriptura is the teaching that the Bible is the only inspired and authoritative word of God, is the only source for Christian doctrine, and is accessible to all.
Sola Fide (By Faith Alone)
Sola fide is the teaching that justification (interpreted as, “being declared right by God”), is received by faith only, without any mixture of or need for good works, though saving faith is always evidenced by good works.
Sola Gratia (By Grace Alone)
Sola gratia 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.
Solus Christus (Christ Alone)
Solus Christus 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)
Soli Deo gloria 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.