Reformation Faith

On October 31, 2017, the global Protestant Church will celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  Back on October 31, 1517, an Augustinian German monk and professor by the name of Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church to advertise for a debate on the use of indulgences in the church.  This in-church debate was the spark that led to the flame of the restoration of the gospel in the Western Church.  In commemoration of this significant anniversary, we will be reflecting on the essence of Reformation Faith with a series on the “Five Solas.”  Historians and theologians sum up the faith of the Reformers with these Five Solas:

1.      Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone)

2.      Sola Fide (Faith alone)

3.      Sola Gratia (Grace alone)

4.      Solo Christo (Christ alone)

5.      Soli Deo Gloria (To God alone be the glory)

We will be focusing on these Five Solas during the morning services of the five Sundays in October.  Here’s the schedule for these messages:

October 1 – “Reformation Faith: Scripture Alone” – II Timothy 3:14-17

October 8 – “Reformation Faith: Faith Alone” – Romans 1:16-17

October 15 – “Reformation Faith: Grace Alone” – Ephesians 2:8-10

October 22 – “Reformation Faith: Christ Alone” – I Timothy 2:5-7

October 29 – “Reformation Faith: Glory to God Alone” – Philippians 1:9-11

May the Lord bless us and renew our passion for the good news of Jesus Christ as we reflect together on what it means for us to have Reformation Faith 500 years after Martin Luther’s bulletin board announcement that turned Europe and finally the world upside down.

Pastor Mark

 

Mark Bennink