This past weekend at Eastbrook Church we commemorated the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with a weekend focused on two major Reformation themes: “Faith and Grace.”
The first part of the message focused on historical background and context of the Reformation. I eventually took us into an exploration of three Scripture passages central to Reformation thinking on faith and grace: Romans 1:16-17; Romans 3:21-24; and Ephesians 2:8-10.
Even as I would identify myself within Protestant Christianity, I wrestle with purely celebrating the Reformation. Because of that, I took a moment to recognize two cautions of the Reformation: division and hero worship.
You can watch the message via Eastbrook’s Vimeo channel below and follow along with the sermon outline. You can also access the message at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.
The Reformation – basic background
Two contextual factors
Two Cautions about the Reformation
A caution about division
A caution about heroes
The Message of Faith and Grace Today
Faith: Our Response to the Gospel Revealing God’s Righteousness (Romans 1:16-17)
Faith and Grace: The Reception of Justification with God through Redemption in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:21-24)
Grace: The Free Gift of God’s Fullness for Humanity (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Three Responses to Faith and Grace
- Respond with Faith
- Treasure God’s Grace
- Praise the Triune God