On the last Sunday of October (this year it’s October 30th), we observe Reformation Sunday as a church. We do this because of what the Protestant Reformation means to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
It’s a reminder of the fact that a once twisted and distorted view of the gospel was recovered and clarified. Hundreds of Christians gave their lives to declare the gospel.
As a result, thousands and thousands of people began to hear the good news and come to faith in Christ. They were people trapped in a religion of rituals and traditions, but without the gospel.
For this reason, reformation season is also a time of spiritual renewal. We remember what is at stake in the doctrines of Scripture. We savor again God’s sovereignty and we move forward with renewed hope and inspiration.
The reason we observe the Sunday closest to October 31st is because of how that reformation relates to our understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ today.
The truth is, the one true gospel is still at stake. There are millions who haven’t heard it at all and millions more who haven’t understood it correctly.
Whenever we preach on these subjects, it clarifies the gospel, what it is and what it isn’t, so that more people can hear and believe.
History is a compelling witness to the power of the gospel!
When we call on history to bear witness, it speaks to the overwhelming power of God’s Word to change lives and to shape empires. This Reformation Sunday will be no different in that regard.
Those of us who delight in the truth of God’s Word look forward to every occasion to celebrate its triumph over darkness and distortion. May Christ be glorified as His truth goes forth!
Soli Deo Gloria,