October 1 - Celebrating the Reformation
Prepare for Sunday morning worship using the guide below.
We will continue a series based on God's Big Picture: Tracing the Story Line of the Bible, this Sunday in the youth room. This study will focus on the coherency of the Bible, following the specific theme kingdom of God and showing Christ as unifying subject and focus of the Bible. Ray Rutledge and Bo Pritchard will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project (currently going through the New Testament).
Romans 1:1-7 & 16-17
1Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh 4 and was declared to be the Son of God in power according to the Spirit of holiness by his resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith for the sake of his name among all the nations, 6 including you who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,
7 To all those in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
An American philosopher, George Santayana wrote: Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
History matters to us, not simply to avoid repeating it but to progress from it. Each year I do a biography of a saint used by God. I do this for several reasons. First, it is scriptural. Paul in Romans 15.4 says ‘God places the saints of old before us as examples to instruct us in life and faith’. Second, it is beneficial. Are we not encouraged as we see God’s grace at work in the lives of imperfect saints? It also helps protect us from error. Third, it’s refreshing to see the expansive nature of God’s grace across the ages. History humbles us in that everything new and modern is not necessarily best. This year, I will not do a single individual but a movement, called the Reformation. The reformation was a 16th century religious, intellectual and cultural upheaval that splintered the Roman Catholic Europe seeking the reform of the Roman Catholic church.
While this reformation would reform the church, it would also change western civilization. While there were many people who played significant roles in the reformation, Martin Luther was clearly a spark igniting this great movement. This movement emphasized the absolute necessity of the scriptures, a salvation by faith and grace alone, the unique role of Christ in saving us and how God is the center of all life.
Review and Apply
What is the nature of authority?
How does your practice of reading the bible reflect your belief that it is necessary to life?
How is a person saved? What assurance do we have in salvation?
How would you explain the nature of the gospel?
Speak to the nature of the Christian life. How do we grow as believers?
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