Does the Reformation have any bearing upon the church today?
Should we care about a reformation that happened 500 years ago?
Can the men and women of this historic movement strengthen our resolve?
This October, it will be 500 years since Martin Luther nailed the 95 thesis on the Wittenberg Church door, unofficially starting the reformation. It was a monumental moment in history. Spiritual giants, like Luther, Calvin, Wycliffe, and Hus, literally changed the course of the church and the world they lived in.
It will also mark the 10th anniversary of Passion4Christ Summit. At P4C, we have always been resolved to equip and challenge the next generation with the truth of God’s word. The men and women of the Reformation were committed to the same end. The Reformers and Passion4Christ share in the same resolve: an undying commitment to the integrity of God’s written word.
So we want to ask: have you ever thought how the reformation affects you? What it means to you, beyond just going to a protestant church? Because, if you haven’t, maybe you need a greater understanding, not just of the reformation, but of God.
For instance, did you know that, when Luther was asked if he would recant at the Diet of Worms, that he initially asked for time to think and pray about it? And when he finally said his famous “here I stand” line, that he was so afraid that he practically whispered it, to the point where the crowd yelled at him to speak up?
You see, Luther wasn’t trying to change the world or start a rebellion. He wasn’t even some great orator, trying to inspire people. He was simply a man who was so convinced by scripture that he essentially said “I can’t do anything else but believe what the Bible says.”
The power of the reformation wasn’t in the people who shape it. It came from truth; truth about God, about His word, truth that they couldn’t deny even when directly faced with persecution or death. The Truth of a powerful, gracious, and sovereign God, that makes us resolved.