The 31st October is Reformation Day!

Today, 31st October 2017, is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther pinning his 95 ‘theses’ (topics for discussion) to the door of a church in Wittenberg, Germany. The discussions led to radical changes in the theology and practices of the Christian church which had become distorted through Medieval times. What Martin Luther began is still very relevant today.

The Reformation represents a move to place God as he has revealed himself in Christ at the centre of the church’s life and thought.

Carl R. Trueman ‘Reformation Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

The discussions spread across Europe, helped by the advent of the printing press and the determination of many Reformers to translate the Bible from the Latin language, which the vast majority of people did not understand, into the spoken languages of the people.

Martin Luther, a scholarly monk, had massive struggles with sin and guilt and found the practices of the medieval church did not bring him peace with God. He spent hours in confession, always trying to better his thinking and behaviour in order to earn God’s favour.

As he studied the Bible he came to understand and to preach the Gospel truth that peace with God is found through Jesus. No amount of being ‘good’ and doing ‘good’ will put us right with God. His is the gold standard. The Old Testament is a history of God’s people trying to keep right with God, failing, and using a system of animal and  grain sacrifices to visualise their need for cleansing from sin and God’s forgiveness.

What the Reformers re-discovered was the heart of the Gospel. Our right relationship with God can not be earned by good works ‘for all have fallen short of the glory of God’ (Romans 3:23). We need to turn instead to the once for all sacrifice Jesus made on our behalf (Hebrews 7:27). It is by God’s grace that we have salvation through Jesus. Nothing we do can gain us salvation:

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2:8

To think that by being ‘good’ we’ll be saved is to disregard the cross and ignore the saving grace of God through Jesus’ death and resurrection.

On this Reformation Day I’d urge you to read a Gospel; Matthew, Mark, Luke or John and find out afresh who Jesus is. Put to one side any misgivings you may have about faulty Churches and hypocritical Christians, instead find out about Jesus.

Happy Reformation Day!

Allison

About allisonreidnem

New Every Morning – About Me Hi! I’m Allison, an obsessive patchwork-quilter who has no desire to be cured! I’ve been developing my skills and knowledge by paying attention at my local quilting group and by putting my questions into the computer search engine. I’m so grateful to the generous people who have taken the time to share their knowledge with me in person, via YouTube videos or their blogs. I’m intending my blog to be a link into the worldwide patchwork and quilting community and a means to contribute helpful hints and inspiration as I continue to discover more about this addictive craft. So, why ‘New Every Morning Patchwork and Quilting’? Well! I am a morning person! I often wake in the wee small hours and think through design and quilt construction issues. My woolly–headed evening brain finds such issues far too difficult to resolve! If I’m disciplined enough to be asleep by 10pm, I can be up cutting, piecing, pressing and quilting before sunrise! By the time daily family routine kicks-in I’ve had a satisfying, soul-feeding creative fix. (I should mention that ‘family at home’ is: my patient, faithful husband of 27years; and our equally patient 16 year old son, who acts as our in-house IT support complete with sighs and rolling eyes! Older daughter and son have both recently flown the nest). Not only do I find early mornings my creative time I also find it a time for receiving spiritual nourishment. I often find myself humming a gentle chorus and reflecting on God’s constancy as another new day dawns. ‘The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end. They are new every morning, new every morning; Great is thy faithfulness, O Lord, Great is thy faithfulness.’ Edith McNeil’s chorus is based on verses from the Bible – Lamentations 3: 21-23.
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