Reformation Day

First Family,

Happy Reformation Day!

Yes, I know that we more commonly acknowledge today as Halloween but within the history of the Christian church, today marks a significant turning point.

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, a monk, and scholar, wrote his Ninety-Five Theses. He intended to encourage a debate and stimulate contemplation among his fellow church members. However, the Ninety-Five Theses ended up doing much more than that. They revealed that the church needed a reformation. This momentous event changed not only the church but also the world.

Every year around this time, I take a moment to reread Martin Luther's 95 Theses. If you're interested in reading them too, you can find them published by the University of Notre Dame at the following link: Theses.pdf

One of Luther's Ninety-Five Theses, specifically the 62nd, states the following: “The Church’s true treasure is the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

The church had lost its focus on the Gospel due to the accumulation of traditions. These traditions often resulted in systems that required people to earn or purchase their way back to God by doing good works. This was the case with the Pharisees, as well as with medieval Roman Catholicism.

Reformation Day marks the momentous occasion when the light of the Gospel emerged from the weight of tradition. It was the day that kicked off the Protestant Reformation, leading the church back to the supreme authority of God's Word for faith and life, and to the glorious doctrines of justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

This reformation then sparked missionary work, inspired hymn composition and congregational singing, and emphasized the importance of preaching. It is a celebration of a significant theological, ecclesiastical, and cultural change.

What’s more, this day reminds us of our duty, our obligation, to keep the light of the Gospel at the center of all we do. Church we must always keep the main thing the main thing. That’s why for First Baptist Church of Alexandria, It’s All About The GOSPEL!

Let us enjoy this day in the freedom that Christ has given to us.

For by grace, you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:8-10

Pastor Robert




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