Reformation Day and the EFCA

Greg Strand – November 1, 2016 2 Comments

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther, a 33 year-old monk who served as a Roman Catholic priest and a theology professor, nailed the 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Although there were precursors to the Reformation, this date is often considered the beginning of the Reformation.

The heart of the Reformation, Protestantism, and Evangelicalism is found in Theses 1 and 62:

Thesis 1: When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said “Repent,” he intended that the entire life of believers should be repentance.

Thesis 62: The true treasure of the church is the most holy gospel of the glory and grace of God.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is foundational to everything. And the first manifestation of the gospel in one’s life is repentance and humility.

Here are a few brief articles on the Reformation that will inform, instruct and edify.

Stephen Nichols, What is Reformation Day All About?

Tim Chester, 10 Things You Should Know about the Reformation

Justin Taylor, Looking at Wittenberg in the Time of Martin Luther

John Piper, Why Do We Celebrate the Protestant Reformation?

Sam Storms, 10 Things You Should Know About the Protestant Reformation

Andrew Wilson, The Word Did Everything

Ryan Reeves, What Exactly Are Indulgences?

Chris Castaldo, Pope vs. Pope: What Does the Catholic Church Really Think about Martin Luther?

Next year we will celebrate the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting of the 95 Theses. To celebrate this occasion, the focus of our upcoming Theology Conference, February 1-3, 2017, will address this theme: Reformation 500: Theology and Legacy – God’s Gospel and the EFCA

Registration is now open, so I encourage you to register today.

There will be a number of forthcoming posts addressing the various messages of this excellent Conference.

Greg Strand

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Affectionately called “Walking Bible” by his youngest daughter, Greg Strand has a ministry history that goes back to 1982. Since that time, he has served in local church ministry in a variety of ministry capacities: youth pastor, associate pastor of adult ministries and senior pastor. He is currently the EFCA's Executive Director of Theology and Credentialing. Greg reads voraciously and never stops learning — a passion reflected in the overflowing bookshelves that spill from his library to multiple offices. And he could tell you about each of those books! His hunger for learning pales in contrast to his great love for God and for teaching the Word of God.

2 responses to Reformation Day and the EFCA

  1. Greg, I believe you are located in Mpls—I have enjoyed your newslettter even tho I am a layperson. RE your recent newsletter I trust you are aware of the big exhibit on Martin Luther at the Mpls Institute of Arts, this month and next.

    Perhaps you have already made your pastors in the area aware of it. It would be well worth attending for those who have a strong interest in history. ( my sister in law is one of the docents). I understand many of their dates are sold out, but they have expanded hours on certain dates. Rosalie Nelson

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