Why do we celebrate Reformation Sunday?
Over 500 years ago a young Roman Catholic priest named Martin Luther called the church to repentance and to return to the truth of God’s Word. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed the 95 Thesis on the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. The first statement read: “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, “Repent’’ (Mt 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance!” Today we are still celebrating the Reformation of the church!
Martin Luther posted his ninety-five theses to protest the sales of indulgences by the church. He declared that there is no forgiveness of sins without true repentance. Forgiveness can never be bought with money but is freely given to whoever accepts Christ in faith.
We take time to remember our heritage and to give thanks to God for the gifts of Church reformers such as Martin Luther and others. Through these reformers as through prophets, God called His people back to the pure message of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
At the heart of what we believe is the conviction that salvation is the free gift of God’s grace (undeserved mercy) for Christ’s sake alone (Grace Alone). While God’s grace is universal and embraces all people, we believe that the Scriptures teach that this grace can be appropriated by sinful human beings only through faith (Faith Alone). Luther’s insight that salvation comes by grace alone through faith is found in God’s Word (Scripture Alone). Ultimately, it is the only sacrificial
atonement of Jesus (Christ Alone) that earns us our salvation. For all of this, we praise our God, as we say “to God Alone be the Glory! Amen!”
October 5/6 Grace Alone - Ephesians 2:1-10
October 12/13 Faith Alone - Romans 3:19-28
October 19/20 Scripture Alone - 2 Timothy 3:10-17
Reformation Sunday / Confirmation
October 26/27 Christ Alone! - Acts 4:1-13