We are all in need of change! We need to be reformed. But only God can effect that in our lives.

PASTORAL PONDERINGS - RE-FORMATION

Five centuries ago, on October 31, 1517, a young German monk named Martin Luther nailed 95 theses (theological propositions) to the castle door in Wittenberg. That date is usually cited as the starting point of the Reformation era in Western Christendom.

Luther wanted to spark a debate with other theologians about purgatory, the authority of popes, the power of indulgences, and other matters of church policy. Luther’s boldness did indeed spark a debate. And the spark became a Reformation flame, the effects of which are still felt today.

Some twelve years after Luther nailed his Theses to the church door, the word “Protestant” became a popular term to describe those who supported his protests.

For me, the Reformation means many things, reminding me of: the authority of Scripture, the sovereignty of God, the pervasiveness of sin, the efficacy of grace, the priesthood of all Christian believers, and much more.

The “much more” part reminds me that I stand in need of re-formation. It can be easy to focus on other people who need to change. But it seems to me that the children of the Reformation—beginning with me—stand in need of personal reformation and transformation.

As we celebrate an event that Luther helped spark 501 years ago, may the prayer of another man of God from long ago be ours as well: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).

Because of God’s redeeming and re-forming grace,

Pastor Scott

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