Reformation Sunday 2021

This year, we join Christians and churches around the world to remember God’s grace during the time of the Reformation, to purify and prune the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Historically, God used a monk named Martin Luther when he nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517. From this event, and the Spirit’s leading of women and men in several different countries, the Lord brought about the Protestant Reformation, including Lutheran, Reformed, Presbyterian, Anglican, Congregational, Baptist, and Free Churches. Tracing our spiritual heritage back to the German and Genevan Reformation, our congregation rejoices soli Deo gloria!

Events
Our adult Christian education class meets at 9:15, and will be considering the topic “Sola – The Cambridge Declaration.” We will look at biblical, theological, and ecumenical causes for Christians to arm themselves with the truth of God’s Word to make a difference in our churches and in our world. All our welcome to join us for the lecture and discussion time.

Our 10:30 worship service historically has taken a break from using our Covenant Renewal liturgy, and instead uses the Reformation Divine Service liturgy. Take a look at that service here. The sermon will be from Ephesians 5:8 – 10, entitled “Post Tenebras Lux.” All are welcome to this public service of worship.

Zion has several events taking place each Lord’s Day, including youth groups, Women’s Bible studies, etc. In addition to these, we will have a Lord’s Day afternoon broadcast (online) on the topic of Reformed theological giant Herman Bavinck (1854 – 1921), entitled “Ecumenical Bavinck: Puritan Polemics or Organic Unity?” Link and details on the broadcast will be forthcoming.

Resources
Each year, there are a number of resources made available for Christians who wish to dive deeper into the truths recovered at the Reformation to live coram Deo – before the face of God!

Luther Movie
Thanks to Ligonier Ministries for making their documentary, “Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer” free to all through October 31.

Reformation 500
On the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, listen to Pastor Brian on “War With the Dragon: Retrospect & Prospect for the Decline of Reformed Orthodoxy.” (Click here to go straight to the lecture.)

Ministries
Many different Christian ministries have wonderful resources for us to consider God’s truth five hundred years ago. Please look for the free resources from the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Ligonier, Desiring God, and Monergism.

You will find the free resources Zion as highlighted on past Reformation Sundays here.

About blund

Brian J. Lund is minister of Word & Sacrament at Zion Evangelical & Reformed Church. You can follow him at his website or @BrianJLund.
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