Reformation

The gospel-centered legacy of the Reformers remains as relevant as ever. Since those days, a movement of reformation was started that has never ceased. We have a tradition of questioning our traditions, examining our teaching, and challenging our living, so that the Scripture remains the foundation of our faith and church. “Ecclesia semper reformanda est.” “The church is always reforming!” 

 

Open: Describe a time when you had to take a stand for faith in Christ.

Read: Romans 1, 5; Colossians 1:13-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-7; 2 Timothy 3:14-17; 1 Corinthians 10:31

Discuss:

1. John Wycliffe, John Hus, Martin Luther, William Tyndale, Ulrich Zwingli, John Calvin and John Knox are all considered reformers. What were the situations of their day that led to The Reformation? What speci cally were they attempting to reform? If you had to choose 2-3 areas of reformation in the Christian world today, what would they be? Explain.

2. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 Theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle at the University of Wittenberg. What were those 95 Theses challenging? How was this moment considered the “lightening rod” of The Reformation?

3. The Scripture reference that challenged Luther’s thinking was Romans 1:16-17. How did this passage challenge his thinking (what questions did this raise)? List the 5 Solas: How are each of these 5 statements important to our doctrine and life today? Personally, which of these 5 statements do you struggle to believe the most? Why?

4. Romans 5 references some of the death bene ts of Christ’s effective work at His death and resurrection. What three things are presented as bene ts of justi cation? How should these truths change our perspective on life in Christ?

Pray: Pray that you would hold rmly to the Scripture alone, Christ alone, grace alone, faith alone and glory alone and that any area of your spiritual life not in line with these truths would see reformation.

Memorize/Meditate: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew rst and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16-17