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Topic: Sunday Message Verse: John 3:16, Romans 1:17, 2 Corinthians 11:3
Back to Basics
The week one introduction of a six week message series about the Protestant Reformation. We'll learn how the Reformers wanted to declutter how unnecessarily complicated Christianity had become and what parallels we can draw today to avoid falling into the trap of majoring in the minors.
What was/is your favorite academic subject in school?
What was/is your least favorite academic subject in school?
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One Date in History to Remember
October 31, 1517.
This is the day the Protestant Reformation began.
PROTEST = "this ain't right!"
REFORM = "something's gotta change"
So what was the injustice 500 years ago that needed to be protested and reformed?
John 3:16 NIV
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
The History of Christianity (first 15 centuries)
Christianity spread first from Jesus to his apostles to the church -> The Christian Church (100 to 1000 AD) -> Roman Catholic & Eastern Orthodox split (1054 AD) -> Dominance of Roman Catholic Church (1000’s to 1500’s AD)
Johann was a church leader who sold indulgences, convincing people that they could buy forgiveness through church contributions in order to alleviate the suffering of their loved ones in purgatory. His famous saying was: "As soon as the gold in the casket rings; the rescued soul to heaven springs.” It was a sign of how far Christianity had drifted from the basics.
Romans 1:17 NIV
17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
The Reformation Begins
On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 Theses on the front door of the All-Saints Church in Wittenburg, Germany. This was his way to protest the abusive practice of selling indulgences and pointing people back to simple belief in Jesus.
Lessons from the Reformation
We should BE GRATEFUL
thankful for Christians who kept it basic with us
We should STAY GUARDED
we too can drift from simple belief in Jesus
2 Corinthians 11:3 NIV
3 But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.
This ain’t right. Something’s gotta change.” That’s what the Protestant Reformation was all about.
1. Think of a time you protested something—wrote a letter, spoke at a school board meeting, or picketed outside a company. What did you do, and why did you do it? What happened as a result of your protest?
2. What did you know about the Reformation before Sunday’s message? What’s one thing you learned from Pastor Dan’s sermon that you didn’t know before?
3. What clutter, complications, or corruption have you experienced in Christianity? How did these things affect your relationship with God and your feelings about the church?
4. Is it possible to help loved ones spiritually after they have died? What does the Bible teach?
* 2 Corinthians 5:10
* Hebrews 9:27-28
* Luke 16:19-26
* Ezekiel 18:20