Category: Reformation

The Reformation: A Return to Scripture

How can believers follow a God who’s invisible? How do we know what He is like, what He desires, and what He requires of us? We can only know about Him since He has revealed Himself to us, but where or how has He done so? This was a major debate during the Reformation and continues to be so in our time. Today, we finish a three-part series on the Reformation. In the first post, we saw the importance of learning from history. Then, in the second post, we saw that the Reformation was a rediscovery of the biblical...

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The Central Figure in the Protestant Reformation: An Essay on its 500th Anniversary

The Central Figure in the Reformation There will be many special services throughout the worldwide Christian Church remembering the spiritual revival in the life of a priest and theology professor from Wittenberg. In our own town, for the remembrance of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation (1517-1648), churches will host special musical guests, speakers, scholars, and plenty of Sola Celebration (the “Five Solas” of the Reformation: “Sola,” or “alone, or with nothing else” includes Scripture Alone, Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Christ Alone, and God’s Glory Alone). The Reformation is not merely a Protestant birthday. Indeed, the Church of...

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The Five Solas: Grace Alone

“The language of grace so permeates the Bible and all traditions of Christian theology, ” says Carl Trueman, “that to claim that salvation is by grace alone is, in itself, to claim very little at all” (Grace Alone, 17). Everybody loves grace. We name our churches, songs, and even children after the word. Yet, the content that the word carries can differ from person to person. It is certainly the case historically; for while the church had always used the terminology of “grace,” it did not always carry a Biblical understanding of the term. The Reformers did not so...

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The Reformation: A Return to the Biblical Gospel

How can sinners enter the presence of a Holy God and hope to live eternally with Him? How good must we be to be “good enough” for heaven? These questions were at the heart of the Reformation, and they are still the most important questions for every human being to answer. We are currently in a three-part series about the Reformation focusing on the question, “Why should we still care 500 years later?” In the last post, we saw that we should care because it’s important to learn from history, and there is a lot we can learn from...

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Why is the Reformation Important for Daily Living?

As we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, I have heard people ask, “Why is this important to us?” The five main doctrines around which the Reformers united stem from the very gospel that impacts daily living. In the midst of turmoil with the Roman Catholic Church, many Christians chose to die for the sake of the gospel rather than to accept the false teaching of Roman Catholicism. Five hundred years later, these same doctrines impact us as well. Sola Gratia (By Grace Alone) Grace alone is at the heart of the Christian life. It occupies a fundament...

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