October 25, 2020 ~ The Protestant Reformation

Readings for Sunday, October 25, 2020

Psalm 46; Romans 3:21-26; Matthew 22:34-40

The Protestant Reformation:

This Sunday we will celebrate Reformation Sunday, as we recognize our roots as a denomination in the Protestant Reformation.

Tradition holds that on October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, a monk, priest, and professor of theology in the Roman Catholic Church, nailed to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany a copy of 95 theses (propositions for debate) challenging the teaching of the Roman Catholic church and papal authority. While Luther’s document helped spark the Protestant Reformation, Luther’s original intent was not to break with the Roman Catholic Church, but rather to reform it. The heart of the Protestant Reformation was, “ecclesia semper reformands, semper reformanda”: “the church always reformed, always reforming.”

The basic tenets of reformed faith which we hold at the center of our faith are known as the “Five Solas”:

Sola Scriptura – the sole authority of Scripture, the Bible as the supreme authority for the church

Sola fide – by faith alone, also called justification by faith alone: we are justified, made righteous by faith, not works

Sola Gratia – grace alone: salvation is a gift from God, dispensed by the Holy Spirit, owing to the redemptive work of Jesus Christ alone

Sola Christus – Christ alone as the only mediator between God and humans, therefore making a priesthood of all believers

Sola Deo Gloria – glory to God alone for salvation and for the gift of faith in the heart of the believer.

 
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