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Just by Faith Alone

Sun, Oct 01, 2017
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For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17(ESV) You might say that the central question of the reformation is how will we, as sinful creatures, be reconciled with a completely holy God. The medieval answer took the work of Christ and mixed it with our own work to create a rickety bridge back to God. But for those who were honest with themselves, this bridge would not hold the weight of their guilt. Luther was someone plagued by these honest doubts. Even after becoming a monk with doing holy things and regularly confessing his sin, salvation assurance was an elusive truth. Clarity for Luther did not come in a moment. But only as he began to study and teach the Psalms, then Romans, and then Galatians did he begin to uncover a grand truth. It was a truth that freed him from doubt and ushered in an assurance in which he was finally able to rest. What was that truth? This Sunday, we begin our Reformation 500 series. It will be a great look back at some of the key truths & ideas that were taught by Martin Luther and other reformers. I’m praying that this look back into history not only gives you an appreciation for figures of the past, but helps you better to understand the gospel and it's implication today. And in that celebration of the true gospel, we will also be celebrating communion together. This will be a great week to bring a friend. Who will you invite to come along? Don’t forget to check out the other events and needs around Hope in the rest of this Newsletter.
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