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Five hundred years ago, in the autumn of 1517, a German monk named Martin Luther began what became known as the “reformation” of the church through the preaching and the singing of the Word. You might understandably think of Luther primarily as a theologian, or preacher, but he was also a focused and prolific hymn-writer, who reinvigorated singing in what became known as the Protestant church.

How the congregation sang was a key question for Luther; he believed that a truly biblical church would be one where every believer was actively participating in every part of the service, including the singing, celebrating this incredible gospel together:

Let God speak directly to His people through the Scriptures, and let His people respond with grateful songs of praise.
— Martin Luther

Luther’s Reformation was centered around five basic tenets, known by the Latin word “Sola.” Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone), Sola Gratia (Grace alone), Sola Fide (Faith alone), Solus Christus (Christ alone), and Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God alone). The 5 Solas tell us that Scripture alone is our highest authority and that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for God’s glory alone.

In celebration of 500 years of the reformation Getty Music is giving away 5 FREE songs around the 5 Solas of the reformation. We invite you to download each of the songs and take some time as we approach the anniversary of the reformation to reflect on these pillars of the Christian faith.



  • Sola Scriptura: "Speak, O Lord"

  • Sola Fide: "By Faith"

  • Sola Gratia: "My Worth Is Not in What I Own"

  • Sola Christus: "In Christ Alone"

  • Soli Deo Gloria: "The Lord Is My Salvation"


BONUS SONG: “O Church Arise” as inspired by Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress”