Reformation didn’t stop with the end of the 17th century. Every generation is prone to it’s own waywardness. Even the first century church struggled! Today we are looking at a familiar pattern in historical Reformations, and our role in our generations Reformation. We are wrapping up our Reformation Series with Part Three - Our Role in Reform.
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Three Patterns of Reformations
NO 1: There is a deviation from God's Truth
1 John 2:15-17
NO 2: God is faithful. He raises us bold men and women who go back to the Truth of Scripture in order to know who God is, who we are, our condition, and how to be right with God.
1 Peter 1:17-21
NO 3: Suffering for standing up for Biblical truth
1 Peter 3:13-18
Examples of this pattern:
- Early Church - Stephen Acts 6,7
- 8th Century - Iconoclasm
- 16-17th Century - Reformation
Our Role in Reformation
We have a role in reforming were the church is erring.
We have a role of reforming in our own lives and homes.
The directive is the Word of God.
Ideas for our Role in Reform
In the Church:
Attend a bible-believing church and be involved, learn, grow
Pray for those locked on a false gospel
Learn to give a defense for the hope that we have - with gentleness and respect
Stand firm on Truth
Don't be surprised at suffering
In our own lives:
Know the Word of God
Teach the Word of God
Pray for God to reveal personal religious systems and be humble
Be free in Christ
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She Proves Faithful Podcast: The Reformation Part 2 - Reformation Women
Pastor Jim Savastio - is doing a current sermon series on the Reformation
Our Reformation Heritage by Pastor Albert N. Martin
Dr. Richard Gamble has a three part series on the History of the Reformation:
Calvinist - the documentary - Les Lanphere
See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axjzInqdzBI
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