Dear Reforming Believers:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is a gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8
The gift of salvation is the greatest of gifts given from God. It is not based on our own doing, it is not based on how good we are or how famous or rich. It is simply by grace that we are given salvation.
It is just as important as the gift of life, because it gives us eternal hope and promise that can never be lost and taken away. Simply by the love of God, we are given a new birth over death, a salvation from this limited life to the endless paradise in his kingdom.
When Martin Luther, on October 31, 1517, nailed his Ninety-five theses to the Wittenberg Chapel door, he didn’t know what kind of movement he would be starting. What began as a request for a scholarly debate became the Reformation Movement that changed nations and changed the world forever.
No longer were Christians fearful of an angry God that they needed to appease. No longer did people need to check off a to-do list or payment plan to make God happy. Suddenly the scriptures came alive again and the message was that we have a God of love. The reformation opened up the world to a hope and a comfort of knowing a loving father, who cared so much for us, that he provides for us a way to salvation through grace.
So remember to worship the last weekend of October and celebrate with us the 499th year of the Reformation.
In the Peace and Grace of God,
Pastor Kirk Griffin