Edevotional October 25
We celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation this Sunday, the 29th of October. We remember the movement of the Holy Spirit in the heart and mind of Martin Luther. On All Saints Eve in 1517, Martin Luther nailed his “95 Theses” calling for the reform of the church to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. This moment traditionally marks the beginning of the Reformation and the birth of the Protestant churches. Martin Luther’s main thesis was salvation by grace alone, calling into question the works-righteousness that the Roman Catholic Church was literally selling in his day.
Any event to celebrate the ongoing reforming, changing, and empowering work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, in my mind, is a good one. John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement reformed the reformation, so to speak, by reminding it not to discard the truth of the ongoing work of grace in the Christian’s life, the grace of “sanctification” as it came to be called. Not only are we saved by grace alone, rather than by any thing that we do or buy, we also continue the work of God’s healing grace in our life, forming saints who live holy lives–breaking down dividing walls, overcoming hostility, healing the brokenness that is sin by making sinners saints and enemies friends in Christ’s one, holy, catholic body, which is the Church.
In this reforming spirit, Wesley was fond of encouraging his followers to “provoke one another to love and to good works.” (Hebrews 10:24)
So, this Sunday, let’s celebrate God’s reforming Spirit and our reforming mission, not only of justifying grace or the pardon of sin but also of healing from the corrupting power of sin, of the sanctifying grace of the Holy Spirit that continuously reforms sinners and enables holy living.
Parsonage Open House
Sunday, October 29
Noon to 3:00pm
2203 Illinois Road, Northbrook
All ages welcome
Wednesday, Nov. 1
Fellowship Planning meeting