This year we celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation led by Martin Luther. This fall we will be highlighting and celebrating the accomplishments of Luther, the effects of the Reformation, and how the Reformation is still important to the life of the church 500 years later.
The reformation brought to light the faith that we have as a free gift from Jesus Christ, and that was a different message then the Catholic church taught at the time of Luther. The Catholic church was teaching that you needed to earn or pay for your salvation, and the church benefited from the fear they put into the minds and hearts of the church.
The Reformation is summarized by 5 Solas, or 5 statements/slogans that emphasizes the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Five "Sola" are:
Sola Scriptura ("Scripture alone"): The Bible alone is our highest authority
The Scriptures are our ultimate and trustworthy authority for faith and practice. Every word of the 66 books of the Bible is inspired by God’s Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit also helps us to understand and obey Scripture. 2nd Timothy says, "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." As a church, and as Christians, we stand behind every word of God as infallible and unchangeable.
God bless you as you lean on the "Scripture Alone" for your source of faith and truth.
Pastor Nathan Grewe