STILL - October Worship Series - REFORMATION 500
Why would we talk about something that happened 500 years ago?
This one event forever changed the landscape of Christianity and the world as we know it. Saving peace was restored in the face of spiritual persecution. 500 years later, these truths are still bringing souls from tumultuous storms of legalism into the tranquil harbor of grace.
After centuries of abuse, Martin Luther rocked the boat of the oppressive religious leaders who were creating waves inside of souls rather than calming them. Luther and the reformers restored the eternal gospel in the Bible which proclaim of forgiveness for all—truths that most of the Church had either forgotten, never heard of, or rejected. We don’t just talk about the Reformation because it’s an important storm in history, but because it’s vital for present peace and future comfort.
Week 1 – October 1st – GOD STILL SPEAKS (Scripture Alone)
This week we see that God’s Word—and God’s Word alone—takes precedent over all others and sets principles like none other. 500 years ago, the main source for spiritual authority was hidden behind clerical authority and man-made tradition. Priests and monasteries had a monopoly. Today, God’s Word is more accessible than ever been before. Yet it is attacked by whatever is culturally current and socially attractive, if given a second look at all. And yet, half a millennium later the truth still brings calming answers like nothing else can. Still.
Week 2 – October 8th - GOD STILL GIVES (Grace Alone)
This week we see that God did what we never could, namely, give us life that lasts and eternal worth. 500 years ago, people banked on the false hope that God would give a little help and you had to do the rest. Today, work righteousness is seen in mantras like, “God helps those who help themselves” or modicums like “All you got to do is…” If true, how could you ever know if you have done enough? We can’t. Thus, half a millennium later we still see and hear that God saves by grace alone. Still.
Week 3 – October 15th - GOD STILL WORKS (Faith Alone)
This week we see that God’s grace accomplished our salvation in Christ, and Christ alone. 500 years ago, people traded grace for self-validation. Today, the same self-help theology is seen in those who, if they admit a need for a Savior, only want part of him. However, where Jesus doesn’t work completely, there can be no certainty. Thus, half a millennium later, the Savior who literally calmed the seas at one time, still calms hearts for all time. Still.
Week 4 – GOD STILL SAVES (Christ Alone)
This week we learn that God’s eternal gifts become ours through a connecting agent called faith. Trust in Jesus connects us to all that he has done. 500 years ago, people put their trust in people (live and dead), tradition, and anyone or anything that could assuage their fear. Today, the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction, as many teach and believe that belief in God makes no difference at all. Still half a millennium later, the truth lies in the middle: trust in Jesus Christ connects us to all that he has done for us. Still.
Week 5 – GOD STILL GETS (Glory to God Alone)
This week we acknowledge that God alone deserves the glory for the rescue he has accomplished for us. 500 years ago people were more likely to give glory to their rituals and behavior than to God. Today people very interested in how God should glorify us with happiness and fulfillment, but not so interested in finding happiness and fulfillment in the gifts God has already given. Therefore, half a millennium later, we still confess that God has saved us in Christ, and we are more than happy to thank him by saying, “To God alone be the glory!” Still.