The 2017 Theme: The Reformation at 500
In the year 1517, an Augustinian monk pierced the bowels of the Roman Catholic Church by nailing his Ninety-Five Theses to the castle door in Wittenberg. Martin Luther was still very far from where the Lord would eventually take him, but in those early moments of concern, a fire was brewing in his soul. He had no intentions of sparking what has become known as the Protestant Reformation.
This protest movement would eventually grow and expand throughout history. At the heart of this movement was a driving effort to recover the centrality of the Word of God in worship. The pulpit was dead, dry, and impotent. The Roman Catholic Church had a strangle hold upon the Bible. However, as Jesus promised in Matthew 16:18, “the gates of hell will not prevail” against His true church.
Bloodshed and death by fire were common means of execution for those who refused to submit to the earthly powers. However, men like John Rogers, William Tyndale, and others were willing to obey God and suffer death as opposed to denying God and submitting to man. With the modern invention of the printing press, the Bible continued to be published in the common man’s language.
Over the years, many other advancements have allowed the Word of God to prosper. The true church of Jesus Christ has now separated from the false church of Rome. The protest has not ended and the Reformation continues in our present day. What does that mean for modern pastors? What role do we play in this historic movement that’s now 500 years in the making?
Join us for a call to prayer, biblical preaching, passionate evangelism, and God honoring holiness as we look back at history, consider our present culture, and dream about the future.