500 years ago…now, wait a minute…I know what some of you are thinking. “500 years ago is a long time and anything that happened before yesterday just seems boring and irrelevant.” But give me a minute, and you’ll see that this thing that happened 500 years ago shaped your life. And if you’ve ever wrestled with feeling like you need to change in some way, this thing that happened 500 years ago will give you a pattern to follow. So, let’s start over…
500 years ago, a relatively unknown monk/university professor became convinced that the Church had distorted the Word of God. Even worse, he realized that wicked and greedy men were profiting off of these distortions. The Church was becoming just another tool for the wealthy and powerful to suppress the poor.
So he grabbed a piece of paper and made a list of all the things he thought had gone wrong in the Church’s teaching and posted it at the church in Wittenberg, Germany where he taught. (This was a common way of proposing debate among university professors.) He didn’t think anyone outside his university community would pay much attention…but they did, and it almost cost him his life. Because in challenging the false teachings and distortions of the Gospel, he was challenging a very lucrative business strategy that was funneling wealth into the pockets of a very powerful German family, and in turn to the Pope (who wanted more money to build the Basilica in Rome).
That piece of paper ignited a firestorm that changed the Church forever: the Great Reformation. The foundation of the Great Reformation comprised these five statements: Solus Christus. Sola gratia. Sola fide. Sola Scriptura. Soli deu Gloria.
In other words, We are saved by grace through faith in Christ alone. The authority for our lives is found in God’s Word, not in people. And everything is all for the glory of God.
And here’s why this matters for you.
- You have access to the Gospel. Without the Great Reformation, the truth of the Gospel and the power of God’s Word may have forever been lost (God wouldn’t have let that happen, but this is how He didn’t let that happen).
- In the Great Reformation you have a pattern that will help you live a life of reformation. You know you need to change, and you know that change needs to be soul deep. The only way that happens is through Christ alone, by grace, through faith, according to God’s Word, and for God’s glory.
- In the Reformation we have a pattern for the church. One we can use to continually measure ourselves and ensure that we are staying true to the Gospel. Whatever church you belong to, the Reformation gives you a way to measure whether it is truly following Jesus.
So if you hunger for true reformation, join us for the Sundays of November!