REFORMED & REFORMING

Pastor Drew Humphrey

On the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, it's important for us to pause and consider the legacy that was left behind by this significant chapter in church history. Our faith and theology have been shaped in many ways by the Reformers, and the more we're aware of how this is so, the more we can understand our own identity as 21st-Century Christians. In this short series, we explore four of the Reformation's most significant contributions and how we can continue growing in these areas today.

Vocation: How We Work

1 Corinthians 7:17

November 12, 2017


How much of your time do you spend doing spiritual activities? Even the most devoted Christian might be discouraged to know how little of her life occupies the "sacred" realm in comparison to the amount of time she spends in the "secular" realm. But through their timely development of the doctrine of vocation, the Reformers did away with the secular/sacred divide by showing us that all of life can in fact be spiritually significant and honoring to God.


The Church: How We Worship

1 Timothy 3:15

November 5, 2017


The church is a paradox. On the one hand, it is suceptible to error, prone to get things wrong, and full of people whose lives are messy. On the other hand, it is the church of the living God and the pillar and buttress of truth. These two realities may seem to be at odds with each other. But the Reformation helps us understand this paradox. And perhaps just as importantly, this paradox helps us understand the Reformation.


Scripture: How We Hear God

Hebrews 4:12

October 29, 2017


"I did nothing; the Word did everything." So said Martin Luther, reflecting on the events surrounding the beginning of the Reformation. What did he mean by that? And what does this tell us about his view of Scripture? To fully appreciate the legacy of the Reformation, we must understand why the Reformers had such a high view of the Bible, and why we should too.


Justification: How We Find Peace

Romans 1:16-17

October 8, 2017


As a young man, Martin Luther was haunted by the idea of God’s righteousness. He saw it as a terrifying reminder of the justice of a holy God who wouldn’t tolerate sin. But as he looked deeper into scripture, he saw another way to understand God’s righteousness. With that new understanding came a rediscovery of the doctrine of justification, one of the most important legacies of the Reformation.