The great re-discovery of the Reformation is the doctrine we now call “Justification by faith alone.” The Church had been teaching that through many things like confession, penance, baptism, faith, good works, etc. a person was saved, Luther discovered while reading Romans 1:17 that only faith in Christ is needed to stand before God as righteous.
Life is filled with burdens. We struggle in our pursuit of resources, respect, and religion. Many began to see and experience the weight of religious burdens during the days of the Reformation. The Reformers sought to call the Church back to the easy yoke and light burden of following Jesus and away from religion.
One of the great principles that came out of the Reformation is the “Priesthood of all believers.” All believers are called to offer up acceptable sacrifices to God, not just an elite group within the Christian church. But what do those sacrifices look like?
This week kicks off a month of messages on the Reformation. This message from 2 Timothy encourages us to avoid the traps of traditionalism and to stay focused on the Scriptures, something that the church had lost sight of leading up to the 16th Century.