Now you may be thinking, why in the world does it matter that some monk nailed a piece of paper to a church door? It matters because the Reformation reminded everyone what the Bible really teaches. Out of the Reformation came what we now summarize as the “Five Solas,” or the five “onlys.” In short the “five solas” state, “The Bible alone teaches that we are saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone to the glory of God alone.” That is what we believe above all else, but that was quiet different than what the Roman Catholic Church of Martin Luther’s day was teaching. This October 31st we should praise and thank God for the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We should celebrate that we are justified by faith alone, not by our effort or works. I am not saying that the gospel didn’t exist until 1517, certainly not. What I am saying is that God used men like Martin Luther to make sure the whole world can know the Bible is the true word of God and Jesus has died on the cross and risen from the dead so that we might have eternal life.
On Sunday October 29th, we will have a very special Reformation Service. I want to encourage you in the strongest way to be in attendance on that day. We will sing great hymns of the faith and hear the Word of God. We will remember that Reformation Day is the celebration of the recovery of the glorious gospel of Jesus by grace through faith. Happy Reformation Day! ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda secundum verbum Dei (the church reformed, always reforming according to the Word of God) To God alone be the Glory! May he bring reformation to our lives!