Monday, November 2, 2009

Reformation Day

Our church celebrated “Reformation Day” yesterday. It was a great event, remembering the sacrifices, boldness and firmness of the reformers, and connecting the importance of the reformation to us today. Not only did we hear a great sermon on the importance of the protestant reformation and reformation today, but we learned about Calvin and his influence and listened to a short debate between Calvin and some others on transubstantiation. Several people sewed costumes this year, so we were surrounded by monks, reformers and well-dressed ladies.

There is much to learn from the men of the reformation, who were willing to endure whatever it cost for the sake of Christ and the Bible. They were not willing to compromise, to give in even a little. Their ultimate authority depended on the Bible alone, not the pope or the leaders of the church.

Reformation involves repentance. It involves change. It involves being willing to stand for Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) and not compromise to the world’s standards. It is not an easy life; many of the reformers were burned at the stake or tortured in other ways because of their biblical convictions. But the ultimate purpose is to glorify and obey the Lord. And there is nothing on earth that should bring more joy and fulfillment than knowing that you are obeying God.

Will you be a reformer?

"Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed."
1 Peter 4:12-13


Rachel Sokolik said...

Looks like you all had a lot of fun! How wonderful that you can participate in something like this! Thanks for sharing!

Kristen said...

Looks like a great day! What a neat celebration. Great content too-- I hope the Lord gives each of us the strength to stand in truth.