Daily Archives: October 28, 2016

Faith Alone

Posted prematurely, sorry. Stay tuned.

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499 years ago…

On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther struck a metaphorical match that ignited a revolution, a movement really, known as the Reformation. He did this by writing 95 challenges to the  Church. These are known as the 95 Thesis. They were printed on a placard, in Latin, nailed to a church door (that served as a notice board) and now live in a museum in Berlin and look like this…

I would suggest that this verse serves well as a key verse for the Reformation:

“For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭1:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬ http://bible.com/59/rom.1.17.esv

The rallying cries of the Reformation are sola fide (faith alone) and sola scriptura (Scripture alone). Simply put, the Bible, not tradition, is our sole authority and it is faith, not works, that saves. These important doctrines are the core of reformational teaching. 

We do not rely on the teachings of church leaders (past, present or future), we rely on the Bible itself. We cannot earn our salvation, we rely on the finished work of Christ and put our faith in Him. I’ll post a further thought about each of these in the next two days. 

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Promise, the reminder…

Saw this yesterday…

“I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth. When I bring clouds over the earth and the bow is seen in the clouds, I will remember my covenant that is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh. And the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. When the bow is in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant that I have established between me and all flesh that is on the earth.”” Genesis‬ ‭9:13-17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

With that…

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭100:1-5‬ ‭ESV‬‬



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