Romans 3:19-28 (click for full reading)
“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.”
THREE BIG IDEAS
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Martin Luther was a man convicted by his own conscience. He had bad dreams about his own guilt and when he woke up from those dreams he was even more convinced of his own unworthiness.
Then God got through to Luther with Paul’s letter to the Romans, “We hold that a person is justified by faith apart from works prescribed by law.” Righteousness, Luther came to understand, is not something God demands, but something God, in Christ, chooses to bestow.
God’s grace… God’s forgiveness through Jesus Christ… has become the verdict when the gavel slams down. This good news inspired Luther’s work, which eventually led to the reformation.
Questions to Ponder/Discuss
In this Reformation Sunday message, we looked at three of Martin Luther’s big ideas.
Big idea #1: It is the right and responsibility of every Christian to be able to read the scriptures. How might you describe your own experience with reading the bible?
Big idea #2: The priesthood of all believers. How do you understand this core value of the Lutheran faith tradition?
Big idea #3: Saved by Grace through faith and not by works of the law. How has this good news impacted your life?
This week try to give each of the three “big ideas” at least one full day of attention. For example, walk around all day reminding yourself that you are called to be a minister of the gospel (good news). The next day, maybe meditate on being chosen and saved by God’s grace even before you knew what was happening. Then spend some quality time with the bible on another day. Give these three big ideas a chance and you may experience your own little reformation!