Reformation: 500 Years Ago!

Sep 25, 2017    Comments Off    Posted under: Missions, News & Events, Newsletter, The Gate

October, 2017- it’s finally here!  It has now been 500 years since Martin Luther posted his 95 theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany, knocking down the first domino that resulted in what we call the Reformation. All Protestant denominations were given birth through this historical event. And what was the foundation of this movement? The pure gospel of Jesus Christ and the truth that we are saved by grace alone (sola gratia) through faith alone (sola fide) in the all-availing sacrifice of Jesus Christ alone (solus christus) as testified by the sacred Scriptures alone (sola scriptura), so that no man may boast and that God might get all the glory (soli deo gloria). Justification by grace through faith in Jesus was a welcomed message to hear 500 years ago, especially since most feared the judgment of a harsh God. We don’t live in that world anymore. Most people in our culture aren’t burdened with the guilt of sin and fear of eternal damnation. So, what does the good news look like for our world today? Although people may not call it sin, sin nonetheless burdens people by way of broken families, disease, death, chaos, tragedy, and general brokenness. We, as Christ followers, have the opportunity to call “a thing what it is” as Luther would say and share the reality of sin and how we as humans are part of it. God’s Word says that the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life for those who believe in Jesus (Romans 6:23). The message of the Reformation is still relevant to us today because it is founded in God’s Word, which will endure forever. As you celebrate this momentous occasion, I pray that God gives you and me opportunities to share the timeless good news of abundant and eternal life in Jesus.

 

Prayer Requests

Thank God for an awesome 1 year anniversary birthday party for The Gate. We had a great time celebrating God’s blessings to us and through us to the community on September 10. We thank God for all our partners in ministry, especially St. Paul and the Iowa District West.

 

We thank God for the birth and baptism of Quentin James Pool, our newest member.

For God’s Spirit to work in and through our new “Life in Jesus” discipleship process for grades 5-12 to help these young people grow in their faith and service to God, the church, and the world.

Kaela and I are starting a Connection Group to reach our neighborhood.  Pray that God would open up doors to people of peace as we seek to bring the kingdom to our neighbors.

We have 2 discipleship huddles right now and are about to multiply into a few more.  Pray that God gives strength and courage to these new leaders.

Pray that the children of Moulton elementary would be blessed through our sports and music camp on September 30.

For our upcoming outing on October 14 to Center Grove Orchard; that God would bless us as we seek to connect with and love one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.

We pray that God would give us a breakthrough into our community; that more and more people would come to know Jesus.

For our softball ministry; that God would continue to work through this ministry to reach those far from him.

Pastor Aaron Hannemann

 

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