Reformation 500- Why All The Fuss?
With the turning of the calendar into the month of September, we find ourselves only a matter of weeks away from the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. It’s worthwhile to ask, “Why all the fuss?”
Historians remind us that the Reformation was one of the most important transformative events in all of western history. The Reformation changed governments, culture, education, even the world economy. Yet all of these forces fail to capture the true cause of the Reformation, and why WE celebrate it today.
The Reformation - It’s All About Jesus Christ
At it’s heart, the Reformation is about one thing– Jesus Christ. Through men like Martin Luther, the good news of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world, was restored as the heart of the Church. In Jesus Christ, salvation is ours by grace alone, through faith alone, through Holy Scripture alone.
How Can YOU Celebrate Reformation 500?
The Reformation changed lives because the world once again was given access to the Holy Scriptures. A reflective Luther once wrote, “The Word created heaven and earth and all things… I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. I did nothing; the Word did everything.”
In the coming months there will be numerous worship services and programs dedicated to celebrating Reformation 500. But perhaps the most natural way for us to celebrate the Reformation is to renew our personal knowledge of that same Word of God.
As Pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church, I’d like to invite you to join me for one of our upcoming Bible Study opportunities.
500 years ago, the Reformation was all about giving light to God’s Word. May it be the same for us Today!
Upcoming Bible Studies
Two new Bible studies will begin in September
Timely Topics, Timeless Truths
Sundays at 8:30am, Thursdays at 6:00pm
A schedule of when each topic will be discussed can be found in the Sunday bulletin
· Intelligent Design: friend or foe in the war of worldviews
· Global Warming: How concerned (and how green) should we be?
· Gender Identity: Who makes the call (and how)?
· Secret Baptism: A grandparent’s right—or wrong?
· Saint Nicholas—What do we do with Santa (Halloween)?
· Close Communion: Are we closing the door on reaching the lost?
· Broke to Bankrupt: Does my faith let me file?
A Brief Introduction to The Lutheran Confessions
Wednesdays at Noon (starts September 6th)
(no Bible Study September 20th & October 18th)
What does it mean to be Lutheran? This Bible study teaches us the answer to that question directly from the people who were first called “Lutherans”. The Lutheran Confessions are tremendously important and relevant for us today. This study will:
· Build our faith in the pure message of the Gospel.
· Open our lives to the remarkable experiences of Luther and other Reformers.
· Strengthen our understanding of church bodies of today.