Faith and Grace

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

Key issues

Key figures

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

  1. Respond with Faith
  2. Treasure God’s Grace
  3. Praise the Triune God

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