Oct. 31 - Reformation Day

We look at the importance of this date in history.

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany. The posting of items for debate was a common practice in those days and Martin Luther hoped to debate these items, finding them to be practices and teachings in the church that did not fit with the clear teaching of Scripture. However, this sparked more than just a debate. The events that followed became known around the world as the Reformation of the church. It led to the formation of what are commonly called the "Protestant" churches, since it began as a "protest" of abuses within the church where tradition had become more important than the word of God.

 

Three solas (alone) became the hallmark of the Reformation:  Scripture alone, Grace alone, and Faith alone. It is Scripture alone that reveals to us God's will. The Bible is our authority in all areas of life. The most important truth that Scripture reveals to us is that we are saved by grace alone. We can never do enough good works to satisfy God's judgment on our sin. It is purely by the grace of God that we have our sins paid for and an eternal home prepared for us in heaven. The truth in Scripture that goes together with "Grace alone" is that it is by faith alone that we receive God's grace. Faith is the hand that receives what God has done for us through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Scripture also reveals that faith (the ability to believe and trust in God's promise of salvation through Jesus) is a gift of God. It is the work of God the Holy Spirit inside of us to believe and accept God's love. Thus our whole life of faith from beginning to end is the work of God in and through us.

 

During this past week's Christian Studies we have been touching upon these truths and giving thanks to God for His glorious grace in saving us, clearly revealed in Scripture, and received by God-given faith.

 

Resources that may be used:  Picture and explanation of the Luther Rose

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