Today is the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, recalling the day Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the Wittenberg Church door. Of course, other reformers came before him and many came after him. But this day in 1517 was certainly a watershed moment in history and the one we most remember.
In honor of that here is a series of messages I’ve been listening to on key theological tenets that the reformation recovered. These particular messages are from First Baptist Church of Manhattan, but there are many churches doing similar series to mark Reformation 500.
Soli Deo Gloria (only for God’s glory)
Sola Scriptura (Scripture is our authority)
Solus Christus (Christ alone)
Sola Fide (Faith alone)
Sola Gratia (Grace alone)
“You do not need another special revelation from God outside the Bible. You can listen to the voice of God every day. Christ still speaks, because the Spirit has already spoken. If you want to hear from God, go to the book that records only what he has said. Immerse yourself in the word of God. You will not find anything more sure.”
Rev. Kevin DeYoung from Taking God at His Word
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I’m starting a new feature called the Don’t Miss List. I haven’t decided how often to have it, possibly weekly, perhaps on an as needed basis. Anyway, here are the things I’ve found this week that I recommend you don’t miss! Continue reading