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Echoes of the REFORMATION

IN OUR RAPIDLY CHANGING CULTURE, SOMETHING THAT HAPPENED FIVE MINUTES AGO CAN OFTEN BE FORGOTTEN. BUT THIS YEAR, WE CELEBRATE AN EVENT FROM 500 YEARS AGO THAT STILL REVERBERATES.

In 1517 a German theology professor named Martin Luther challenged the Roman Catholic Church by publishing his 95 Theses and, as leged has it, nailing them to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg.

Luther's theses were a clarion call for the Catholic Church to reform. In short, Luther saw the church drifting away from  biblical truths about the authority of Scripture and the grace found in Christ alone through faith alone. The church's view of salvation had become certered on man's efforts rather than on God's grace.

Luther and the Reformers fought for everyday Christians, not just scholars or seminarians. The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life, the church in Luther's day didn't deny the importance of Scripture, grace, faith, and Christ in salvation.

Once we understand that "alone" (the five Sola's) really means  we can stand before God with nothing to offer but humble worship for who He is and what He has done. The Reformation still echoes today, if we are willing to listen.

When it comes to salvation: Christ alone. And despite their importance according to Hebrews 13:17, even when it comes to church leaders: Christ alone. There is no Christianity without Christ, Sometimes, when we're caught up in ourselves or even our churches and ministries, we forget we don't own Christianity. We're on Christ's mission; He's not on ours.

There is no grace without Christ. There is no faith without Christ. Frankly, there is no Scripture without Christ, for Scripture is about Him (John 5:39).

 

 

 


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First Southern Baptist Church
2456 Donna Drive
The end of your search for a Friendly Church
Cahokia, Illinois 62206
Phone 618-363-8719
Regular Schedule  
Sunday
  • 9:30 AM
    Sunday School
  • 10:45 AM
    Morning Worship
Wednesday
  • 7:00 PM
    Bible Study and Prayer
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You Make Me Crazy

We are now on our 4th. Sesson...

4. Breaking Free From Abuse

5. Escaping the People Pleaser Trap

6. Keeping the Crazy-Makers From Making You Crazy

We have outlines for each session for you to fill out and take home.

We have Refreshments

We Close each Session with a Season of Prayer

These Sessions are open to the Public, come and enjoy a rich and rewarding Study.

Pastor Gene Spurgeon