October 29, 2017 – The Reformation

Pastor Rusty Brian


Key Points:

  • 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
  • Martin Luther King initiated it.
  • Of hard upbringing; a passionate man, restless in faith.  Spiritually in tune with faith.
  • Entered into service in the church at the time when limited choice of church – Eastern; Catholic.
  • Went on a pilgrimage to Rome and was disgusted and discouraged by what he saw had become of the church.  He loved the church but struggled with the restlessness of what he had seen the darkness of the church.
  • Eventually he started the reformation – where he was looking to reform the current church, which he saw had lost its way.  3 things he saw:
    1. Corruption of the church – indulgences.  One could “purchase” forgiveness of sin, purchase a way to Heaven.  Nothing biblical, saw this was inappropriate.
    2. Language – services were done in Latin (believed to be the perfect language of God).  Problem: not many understood Latin, making the message of God inaccessible.  Bibles were written in Latin, too.  Luther believe the Word of God to be able to have access to the Bible.
    3. Church was far too connected to the state (government).  Church becomes intertwined and influences the government to conduct inappropriate thing (e.g. The Crusades)
  • Ephesians 2:1-10 tells us we are saved by Grace.  It is given to us by God.  We can’t earn Grace.  We can’t buy Grace.  We are to respond with faith.
  • Sola Scriptura:  “Scripture alone.”  Where to we get faith?  At core, the Bible points us to God.  Scripture is the core of our faith.
  • Sola Gratia: Christ alone is our redeemer.
  • Sola Fidei: Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.  He is the only way!  Works are important. We are made for good works.  Works do not save you.  Faith in Christ save us.  Faith is core!
  • Sous Christus: Christ alone.  Do not put focus on things like cathedrals, your own actions.  Put focus on Christ, the works are a response.  We are to be Bible people.  We are to be Christ people.  If not, then we are wasting our time, spinning our wheels.
  • Take-aways:
    1. Reformed Semper: We are reformed and should always be reforming.  Continual reliance on Christ, diving into the Bible should result in continual growth, change in relation to Christ.  Scripture is the Living Word.  Each time you read scripture, there should be renewed meaning.
    2. Be more beholden to Christ.  Don’t get focused on the institution of the church.  To be focused on the institution is to get off track.
    3. Christ alone – he should be our top focus. All who proclaim to be Christian proclaim Christ is core, despite differences (denominations – Catholic, Nazarene).