This Sunday is Confirmation Sunday. The day when we celebrate our students who declare their faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, through their testimony.
This Sunday is also Reformation Day. It is the day in which we remember when the powerful light of the Gospel broke through the darkness bringing hope to all who would hear. The Protestant Reformation began on October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther, nailed his Ninety-Five Thesis to the door of the church in Wittenberg. Luther’s 95 thesis were meant to stir debate because the church had wondered so far from the truth of God’s word. One of Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses simply declares, “The Church’s true treasure is the gospel of Jesus Christ.” The Reformation set off a fire storm in the Catholic Church and throughout all of Europe. The events of this day led Luther and many other Reformers to help the church of Christ find its way back to God’s Word as the only supreme authority for faith and life, leading the church back to the glorious doctrines of justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
This Sunday we are going to be looking at Romans 1:16-17, we are not to be ashamed of the Gospel because it is the power of God to transform us, and we are to remember to rest in the completed work of Christ on the cross. On reformation day we are reminded of our responsibility, to keep the light of the gospel at the center of all we do.
Pastor Justin Nelson