Category: Theology For Life

Does the Reformation Still Matter?

500 Years of the Reformation Why We Need Revival and Reformation Today The things that matter most to us all center on the Gospel. The Church simply can’t afford to forget the lesson of the Reformation about the utter supremacy of the gospel in everything the church does. Elie Wiesel, Nobel Prize winner and Holocaust survivor, has dedicated his life to bear­ing witness to the unimaginable horrors and atrocities of the Holocaust. He speaks of the unspeakable. And he does so because humanity cannot afford to forget the lesson of the Holocaust. It is far too easy to forget,...

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Four Convictions for Boldness from John Knox

  John Knox was born in Haddington in 1514, though admittedly there is some debate on the exact date. We do know that Knox was born into a poorer family with not a lot of resources. Upon completion (another point of historical contention) of University in 1536, Knox was ordained as a priest. By 1543 he was converted to Christ after a couple of years working as a tutor and notary. While not much is known regarding the context of his conversion, so began the journey of the man who would thunder the gospel in a dark Scotland. As...

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Recommended Books on the Five Solas, Church History and Reformed Theology

Recommended Books on the Five Solas, Church History, and Reformed Theology This season at Servants of Grace, we’ve been considering the Five Solas and how we need Reformation inside the local Church. In our day, many believe that truth is all about how we feel, or dismiss the place of doctrine in the Christian Life. And yet some even believe they can live the Christian life without being part of the Church. With this issue of Theology of Life, we hope that readers grew to love the Five Solas and learn the need for Reformation in the Church. If you’ve found this subject interesting and want to study the issue further, please check out the recommended reading list below. These books are at the top of this genre in both excellence and readability. The Five Solas: Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace?: Rediscovering the Doctrines that Shook the World by James Montgomery Boice After Darkness Light: Distinctives of Reformed Theology by R.C. Sproul Jr. Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone): Sola Scriptura: The Protestant Position on the Bible (Various Authors) The Shape of Sola Scriptura by Keith A. Mathison Scripture Alone: Exploring the Bible’s Accuracy, Authority and Authenticity by James R. White Disputations on Holy Scripture by William Whitaker Thy Word Is Still Truth: Essential Writings from the Reformation to Today by Peter Lillback God’s Word Alone: The Authority of...

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Why the Reformation Still Matter by Michael Reeves and Tim Chester

October 31s, 2017, marks the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. This quin-centennial celebration is remarkable in many ways, as Protestants around the world will remember the accomplishments of the Reformers, most notably the bold move by Martin Luther in nailing the Ninety-Five Theses to the castle door at Wittenberg. Despite the widespread celebration of many who take delight in the rediscovery of the gospel, and the great doctrine of justification by faith alone, there is an ongoing debate concerning the relevance of the Reformation for our time. Michael Reeves and Tim Chester address this specific matter in...

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The Five Solas of the Reformation and Their Importance Today

500 Years of the Reformation Why We Need Revival and Reformation Today The Reformation in the 16th century is long known as a religious renewal movement, which we refer to today as the Protestant Reformation. This movement is known to have changed the course of Western civilization, but what is often not understood about this event is that no one single man caused it. For example, it didn’t begin with Martin Luther (1483-1546) when he posted his Ninety-Five Theses on the church doors of Wittenberg on October 31st, 1517. Luther’s “Tower Experience” is said to be where he came...

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