A Word From The Pastor
Dear Sherwood Family,
“For in (the gospel) the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith.’” (Romans 1:17)
Most people tend to think about Halloween when they think about October 31, but on October 31, 1517, an event occurred which changed the trajectory of world history. It was on that date that Martin Luther, an unknown German monk and lecturer, nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany. The 95 Theses laid out Luther’s objections to the Roman Catholic practice of selling indulgences, which many common people of Luther’s day believed could be purchased to secure their salvation.
Luther knew that this whole thing was wrong because several years earlier he had discovered the power of Paul’s epistle of Romans, particularly the declaration made in Romans 1:17 that “the just shall live by faith.” Luther then began to realize that the entire Bible has a clear theme running through it: our salvation is only made possible by grace alone, through faith alone, and in Christ Jesus alone. He came to see that the heartbeat of Christianity is the belief that “by grace you have been saved through faith, and not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)
So this October 31, let’s take some time to thank God for the Protestant Reformation which began in earnest 504 years ago, and let’s thank God for His amazing grace which saves us!
Sherwood, let’s pray with urgency, live in faithfulness to God, and never stop building the Kingdom.