On October 31 we will observe the 499th anniversary of the day when Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses to the door of the town church in Wittenberg, Germany. That day is generally seen as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation of the Church.
Over the next year there will be observances of all sorts held throughout the world. We will take time also to look back on the important work that was done by a professor of theology at a backwater college and many others. This work , though done by men, was God’s work to reform and improve His Church which had lost its way through the course of many centuries.
Our modern mindset often disdains history and finds looking back over time a lot less interesting than looking at their cell phones. But this is one topic which people who care about the Church and the Word of God must pay attention to.
The first act of observance here at St. Paul’s will be the workshop sponsored by the Board of Elders on the 5 Solas which form the backbone of Reformation teaching—we are saved by Grace Alone, through Faith Alone, which comes from the Holy Sprit through Scripture Alone, for the sake of Christ Alone, to the glory of God Alone.
What stands at the very heart of our theology is the doctrine of Justification—that we are made right with God not by what we do or don’t do, but by what Jesus did for us. It is often called among Protestants the “one doctrine on which the Church stands or falls.” This doctrine will be held up before us throughout this year so we will never forget that for which men and women fought and died 500 years agol
Sola Deo Gloria!
This article from the St. Paul’s newsletter tells you a little about how our congregation will be observing the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. What will your church do? We want to hear your ideas.