SPF 058: The Reformation Part 2 – Reformation Women

It’s Part 2 in a three part series on the Reformation. Today we are talking about some women in the reformation and how their faithfulness encourages us to bear fruit in our own faithful service to God  We will learn about five characteristics the Reformation Woman possessed and be encouraged by a few reforming women’s stories. 


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We don’t always have time to pour over history books, but it doesn’t mean we can learn and teach our young children. We are loving this book – great for elementary school and younger.

Reformation ABC’s

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The Women of the Reformation

500 years ago on October 31st 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to a church door in Wittenberg Germany.  The Reformation is quite remarkable and shows the amazing complex web God weaved to bring necessary reformation to the church.

Two Books

These are two great resources to learn more about these faithful women.

The five characteristics of women in the Reformation were taken from Reformation Women by Rebecca VanDoodewaard.

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Five Characteristics of Reformation Women

NO 1:  They were devoted to the protestant church

“Sometimes their contributions to the Protestant church were direct, issuing edicts, writing theological works, establishing congregations, some involved indirectly by supporting their husbands, reviewing book manuscripts, sheltering refugees, AND EDUCATING their children to carry on the work. ” – Rebecca VanDoodewaard

Joel 2:6-13

NO 2: If they were married to believers, they were devoted to their husband’s work

These faithful wives fanned giant flames of the Reformation by supporting their husbands, facilitating the work of preaching and pastoring that they were unable to do themselves. The Reformation THRIVED because of supportive faithful wives.

NO 3: They were given to hospitality

They took in  visiting pastors, orphans, refuges running for their lives, many times from other countries all because they were believing and confessing Scripture. They fed them, clothed them, encouraged them, sacrificing a great amounts of time, energy, and finances. 

NO 4: They stewarded their intellectual abilities

“Their education was a means of using God-given intellect in order to bear more fruit.” – Rebecca Vandoodewaard

These women were part of raising up a next generation of theologians! That’s us too – discipling women to Read the Word and obey the Words of God, teaching our children the commands of God, training us, our friends, our children to be thinkers and learners flushing all things through God sufficient word.

NO 5: They were BRAVE!

God opened the eyes of these women to the Truth and they saw it stood in stark opposition to the climate of their countries. They knew the course of action they needed to take and they obeyed God rather than man.

Reformation Women

Soup Lady – saving Geneva by faithfulness in her home – story in Reformation ABC’s

Margarethe Blaurer – Story in Reformation Women

Anne Askew – Story in Radiant

Other Women:

Jeanne D’Albret- Story in Radiant and you can read her story online here

Katie Luther – Story in Radiant and you can read her story online here

Reformation Resources

She Proves Faithful Podcast: The Reformation Part 1 – The Spark

She Proves Faithful Podcast: The Five Solas

She Proves Faithful Podcast: The Woman Who Fears the Lord

Our Reformation Heritage by Pastor Albert N. Martin


Dr. Richard Gamble has a three part series on the History of the Reformation:

Part One http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=421089674

Part Twohttp://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=42808832220

Part Three http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=512081059562

Calvinist – the documentary – Les Lanphere

See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axjzInqdzBI

Website: http://leslanphere.com

Reformation Day Ideas

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Church History 101: The Highlights of Twenty Centuries


By Sinclair B. Ferguson, Joel R. Beeke, Michael A. G. Haykin

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