By Dr. Mark Hitchcock, Senior Pastor
In Could 2015 Cheryl and I traveled to Germany exactly where I spoke at a Propheticon (Prophecy Conference) in Breckerfeld, Germany at the Bibel Center. Right after the conference we spent a handful of days in Berlin. The highlight of the trip, and one particular of the ideal days of my life, was our day trip to Wittenberg. The climate was excellent the day we visited. The initial website we encountered was the Castle Church exactly where Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door on October 31, 1517 and exactly where he is buried. The original door burned lengthy ago and has been replaced with a door with the 95 Theses engraved on it. Standing prior to that door was beyond moving for me. I had heard about that spot all my life. To stand in front of it for the initial time was thrilling and humbling.
Cheryl and I toured Luther’s home, saw his robe, and stood at the table exactly where he and his students at the University engaged in their well-known discussions identified as “table speak.” We also walked by way of the home of Luther’s close buddy and co-laborer Philip Melanchthon. My favourite website in Wittenberg was St. Mary’s Church, identified as the “Mother Church of the Reformation” exactly where Luther preached and taught God’s Word. I got to stand behind the pulpit close to the altar of the church. For a preacher, that is as superior as it gets.
On the 500th anniversary of the launching of the Reformation, there’s a wonderful deal getting written and spoken about the reformers and their legacy. For me, the Reformation can be boiled down to two simple points—it was a Bible movement and a Gospel movement. By God’s grace and by way of the efforts of the reformers, the authority of Scripture and the truth of the gospel have been re-found and recovered. These important concerns are succinctly captured by what are generally referred to as the “five solas” of the Reformation (sola is Latin for “alone”). These 5 pillars type the foundation for understanding the Reformation and the truths it recovered. I like to get in touch with them the original “High 5.”
- sola Scriptura (Scripture alone)
- sola gratia (grace alone)
- sola fide (faith alone)
- solus Christus (Christ alone)
- soli Deo Gloria (glory to God alone)
Churches like FBC are heirs and beneficiaries of the Reformation. We think that we are saved primarily based on Scripture alone, by God’s grace alone, by way of faith alone, in Christ alone, to the glory of God alone. This previous Sunday morning and the subsequent at FBC have been devoted to assisting us all fully grasp the setting and story of the Reformation and its significance for our lives these days.
I hope you will join us for aspect two in the Reformation 500 series or listen to them on the internet if you are not in a position to attend. Component 1 is offered by clicking right here now.