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Pastor’s Corner

A Reformation Worth Celebrating
By Pastor Carl Nielsen
Bethel Lutheran Church

A couple of weeks ago we celebrated at the church I
serve the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting
the 95 Theses on the Castle Church door in Wittenberg.
It touched off the Protestant Reformation. But what
was the Reformation, really? Some might answer that
it was a massive historical movement which began in
Germany and spread through northern Europe. Others
might answer that it was a massive theological movement
which began in Wittenberg and spread to other centers of
learning.

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But if the truth be told, the real Reformation was not a
massive movement at all. It was a very intimate movement
from guilt to grace to growth which began in one man’s
troubled heart. As that one man’s hear was set free by the
transforming love of Jesus Christ, he began to share his
experience with others. Then, here and there, the real
Reformation happened in other people’s hearts, too.
Historically, whole nations became “Lutheran” overnight.
Theologically, thousands of churches began to preach
the pure Gospel of salvation by grace through faith
in Jesus. But that does not mean that every person in
those nations or churches experienced the same kind
of inner Reformation Martin Luther experienced. Such
Reformations don’t happen as massive historical or
theological movements. Such Reformations only happen
one by one, in individual hearts as Jesus Christ takes over.
It’s worth celebrating our heritage, but what is truly
worth celebrating is the Reformation that needs to take
place deep in each of our own hearts. Every one of us still
has a long way to go in our Christian development. Jesus
invites each of us to a deeper experience of His grace and
a real Reformation in our own hearts. Wouldn’t you agree
that would be a Reformation truly worth celebrating.
Instructional Wisdom from God
John 3:3 “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily,
I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see
the kingdom of God.”

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