On the 31st October 1517, Martin Luther mailed his 95 theses onto the church door in Wittenberg. He had no idea that his actions would change the course of history. He hoped to spark debate about church practices he considered corrupt. Instead he ignited a revolution whose flames burn bright to this day. Michael Reeves and Tim Chester ask the question, ‘five hundred years on, does the Reformation still matter?’ The answer is ‘Yes’ ‘because it is our story. If you are Anglican, Baptist, Brethren, Congregational, Independent, Lutheran, Mennonite, Methodist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal or Reformed, then these are your roots. Your history can be traced back to these events five hundred years ago.’
Over the coming weeks, we will look at the Latin phrases that became the battle cry of the Protestant Reformation. They summarized the essential issues that separated Martin Luther and his followers from the Roman Catholic Church. We will look at each phrase and ask its relevance for today. We begin with Sola Scriptura: The Bible as the only basis of our faith. What did this phrase mean to the Reformers, and what does it mean for us today? Understanding the Bible rightly is the foundation of our Christian faith. So, what does the Bible mean to you? What is the purpose of the Bible in your life? These are some of the questions we will think through on Sunday.
Bible Passage: 2 Timothy 3:10-17
Pastor: Jim de Witte
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