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Summary: Honoring the Protestant Reformation by moving Forward in our Faith

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INTRO

Of all the subjects Martin Luther was most passionate, he wrote of nothing more extensive than that of “faith. In December 1536, Luther marched forward in faith by defending that which he held so dear by encouraging the church to reform their ways and return to the Lord with all their hearts. In defense of the Faith alone in Christ Jesus, Luther wrote:

“The first and chief article is this, that Jesus Christ, our God and Lord, “was put to death for our trespasses and raised again for our justification” (Rom. 4:25). He alone is “the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). “God has laid upon him the iniquities of us all” (Isa. 53:6). Moreover, “all have sinned,” and “they are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, by his blood” (Rom. 3:23–25).

Inasmuch as this must be believed and cannot be obtained or apprehended by any work, law, or merit, it is clear and certain that such faith alone justifies us, as St. Paul says in Romans 3, “For we hold that a man is justified by faith apart from works of law” (Rom. 3:28), and again, “that he [God] himself is righteous and that he justifies him who has faith in Jesus” (Rom. 3:26).

[Then, with boldness, Luther wrote] Nothing in this article can be given up or compromised, even if heaven-and-earth and things temporal should be destroyed. For as St. Peter says, “There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). “And with his stripes we are healed” (Isa. 53:5).

On this article rests all that we teach and practice against the pope, the devil, and the world. Therefore we must be quite certain and have no doubts about it. Otherwise all is lost, and the pope, the devil, and all our adversaries will gain the victory.

REFORMATION DEFINED

 Today, we’re celebrating Reformation day. This word, “reformation” what does it mean?

 Talk about Dictionary definition

 1 : the act of reforming : the state of being reformed

 2 capitalized : a 16th century religious movement marked ultimately by rejection or modification of some Roman Catholic doctrine and practice and establishment of the Protestant churches

 Another way of looking -- breaking the word apart — RE: Formation

 Re: to return — as like a reply or return email. A return to a previous thing

 to a formation (as in a military-like formation)

 an arrangement of a body or group of persons or things in some prescribed manner or for a particular purpose

 Paul said to the church in Thessalonica, “we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith” (2 Th 1:11).

 The manner in which a thing is formed:

 Faith should shape the way we move and have our being. Faith in Christ alone should transform.


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