Much of our culture will be focused on Halloween with candy and things that go bump in the night.

Protestants, however, have something far more significant to celebrate on October 31.  Reformation Day.  Which commemorates what was perhaps the greatest move of God's Spirit since the days of the Apostles. But what is the significance of Reformation Day, and how should we consider the events it commemorates?

At the time, few would have suspected that the sound of a hammer striking the castle church door in Wittenberg, Germany, would soon be heard around the world and lead ultimately to the greatest transformation of Western society since the apostles first preached the Gospel throughout the Roman empire. Martin Luther's nailing of his ninety-five theses to the church door on October 31, 1517, provoked a debate that culminated finally in what we now call the Protestant Reformation.

Initially protesting the pope's attempt to sell salvation, Luther's study of Scripture soon led him to oppose the Church of Rome on issues including the primacy of the Bible over church tradition and the means by which we are found righteous in the sight of God.

Today, Luther's legacy lives on in the creeds and confessions of Protestant bodies worldwide. As we consider his importance this Reformation Day, let us equip ourselves to be knowledgeable proclaimers and defenders of biblical truth. May we be eager to preach the Gospel of God to the world and thereby spark a new reformation of church and culture.

Sola Scriptura -- The Bible is the sole written divine revelation and alone can bind the conscience of believers absolutely.

Sola Fide -- Justification is by faith alone.  The merit of Christ imputed to us by faith is the sole ground of our acceptance by God, by which our sins are remitted.

Solus Christus -- Christ is the only mediator through whose work we are redeemed.

Sola Gratia -- Our salvation rests solely on the work of God's grace for us.

Soli Deo Gloria -- To God alone belongs the glory.

 
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