Memorise Psalm 37:40
“The Lord shall… save them, because they trust in him”
ARE WE “REFORMED”?
The 16th Century reformation was a series of events in Europe that resulted in a spiritual awakening and the rediscovery of God’s Word. During the dark spiritual ages the Roman Catholic Church (RCC) had a monopoly over God’s Word and forbade laypersons to read the Holy Scriptures on pain of death. Even worse, the RCC taught that to be excommunicated from the church meant the loss of salvation. This made them very powerful.
Pivotal in the 16th Century reformation was an RC monk named Martin Luther who became convicted by the truth of God’s Word. “The just shall live by faith” appears 4 times in the Bible. Martin Luther meditated on these verses and wrote his 95 theses refuting the RCC’s theological position. The teachings that came out of this movement is known as Reformed Theology, which holds on to the belief that salvation is found in Christ alone, by grace alone, through faith alone, according to scripture alone and for the glory of God alone (the 5 “solas”). This movement continued on in theologians like John Calvin and his students who came up with the 5 points of Calvinism, a biblically centered theological perspective focusing on the sovereignty of God, His election, redemption and the security of our salvation in Christ.
As a church after the Reformed tradition, we hold on to Reformed Theology and believe in Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace and Perseverance of the Saints not because of historical heritage or sentimentalism but because it is founded on God’s Word. It shows how utterly helpless we are that we cannot do anything to save ourselves, how utterly dependent we are on Jesus for our salvation and how our salvation is utterly secure in Him.
Thought: The Reformation was a historical event demonstrating God’s love for man by liberating him from spiritual slavery.
Prayer: Thank You Lord for justifying us in Christ. Help us, O Lord, to henceforth live by faith, which is pleasing to You.