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On October 31st, 1517, German priest and professor of biblical theology Martin Luther nailed a list of 95 “Theses” to the castle church door in Wittenburg, Germany. Far from being some kind of ultimatum, nailing such a document to the church door in those days was a common way to start an informal debate over ideas. The church door acted as a sort of “bulletin board” of the day. Luther was interested in discussing reform in the church with his fellow priests and other intellectuals. Someone copied down his 95 theses and they began to quickly spread, employing that still fairly new technology, the printing press. Soon, Luther’s objections to what he saw as church excesses had, “gone viral” and everyone was talking, debating and taking sides. When church authorities in Rome got wind of what had happened, they joined the debate, eventually demanding that Luther recant his ideas or be excommunicated. His famous reply to the “Diet of Worms”, where he had been called to answer for his convictions was, “Unless I am convinced by proofs from Scriptures or by plain and clear reasons and arguments, I can and will not recant, for it is neither safe nor wise to do anything against conscience. Here I stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.”

Luther was excommunicated on January 3rd, 1521. Lutheranism was founded the same year. The Protestant Reformation had begun.

October 31, 1517. If you add 500 years to that date, you get October 31, 2017, this year. But are the ideas of Luther and the convictions of the Reformation still important today, half a millennium later? Starting on Sunday, September 24th and running for 6 weeks, both during the weekly sermon and in an adult Bible study after worship, we will examine together the 5 core truths of the Reformation, the 5 “solas” which are:

Sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone)
Sola gratia (by grace alone)
Sola fide (through faith alone)
Solus Christus (through Christ alone)
Soli Deo gloria (glory to God alone)

Are these convictions of the Reformation still important today? What exactly are these beliefs and what is their continuing impact on “Protestant” churches, and on our church? We will tackle these questions and more from September 24th through Reformation Sunday, October 29th, 2017. May this study be a blessing to all of us in our walk with Christ and in our understanding of His Word and His Work for us.


In Christ,

Pastor Jeff