A Reformation Message
Topic: The Reformation Passage: Psalm 107, Psalm 1, Ephesians 6:17, Isaiah 55:10–55:11, Psalm 19:7, Isaiah 1:2, 2 Timothy 3:16,
Happy Reformation Sunday!
This is Reformation Sunday. What this means is that this Tuesday is the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation.
On Oct 31, 1517, a Catholic monk named Martin Luther left his house and walked over to the Castle Church in Wittenberg Germany.
He had a scroll in his hand that had 95 complaints—points of discussion, really—that he wanted to bring up to other priests and monks and really talk about these problems he saw within the church.
He took a hammer and a nail, and he, at least traditionally history records that he went up to the Castle church door and nailed these 95 problems to the church door.
On that day, his students saw what he had written, the 95 issues, he had written in Latin. (He wasn’t trying to start a Reformation. He was trying to get to the heart and the root of the gospel. He saw there were real problems going on.)
He wrote these 95 points of discussion in Latin—his students saw them, they took them off the door, translated them into German, and disseminated them through the printing press all over Germany.
Within three weeks, Germany was metaphorically on fire. Because Luther had only articulated what so many people already thought but for some reason didn’t have the guts or ability to say it.
From that day, Oct 31, 1517, that marked the beginning of what would become the Protestant Reformation.
Because God used an imperfect man like Martin Luther, we are sitting in this church today.