In October of 1517 Martin Luther nailed his “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences,” also known as “The 95 Theses,” to the door of the Wittenberg Castle church. Yet, Luther wasn't the hero of the reformation...the gospel of Jesus Christ was.
The Reformation – and this letter to the Galatians – make it clear to the church that the gospel is fragile. Though the gospel is the power of God, our grasp of it is easily lost. The Reformers, in the midst of so much false worship, were passionate about preaching the gospel and keeping the main thing the main thing.
In Paul's time, the Galatians were questioning the very gospel itself. Paul wanted to offer correction in the form of the true gospel, as did Luther after studying letters like Galatians. The reformers were passionate about preaching this true gospel. So just as they did, we'll dive into the letter that Paul wrote to the early church in Galatia. What is the true gospel? Why is it important to get it right? Do we live by faith or by works?
Because of Christ, we are free. We are justified by faith and not our works. Because of His love, we walk by the spirit and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. Because of his love, we are led by the spirit to love one another, fully and completely. There's a lot to unpack, and it's important we get it right. Join us Sundays in September, October, November and December.
“I opposed indulgences and all the papists, but never with force. I simply taught, preached, and wrote God’s Word; otherwise I did nothing. And while I slept…the Word so greatly weakened the papacy that no prince or emperor ever inflicted such losses upon it. I did nothing; the Word did everything. Had I desired to foment trouble, I could have brought great bloodshed upon Germany; indeed, I could have started such a game that even the emperor would not have been safe. But what would it have been? Mere fool’s play. I did nothing; I let the Word do its work.”
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