Many of you may and some may not know that 2017 marks the 500 Anniversary of the Reformation. Sadly, fewer and fewer people are aware of the Reformation’s contribution both to the church and to the larger society. This sermons series accents the theme of faith, as justification by faith was the joyful message of the Reformation. No better text brings this message home for people in the pew than does Luther’s Small Catechism that, in the sixteenth century, earned the well-deserved title, “The Layman’s Bible.”
Therefore, we will be taking an approach during the Lenten Season to revisit and reflect on the importance of the Lutheran Understanding of our relationship with God, as well as how the faith that we hold dear really shapes our lives today.
Often times, it is easy to fall back on the regular themes of Lent and focus on the 7 words of Christ from the Cross, or perhaps a series based out of Isaiah, with a focus on the “Suffering Servant” or even a “walk” through the week leading up to Christ’s death as we did last year.
With this being the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, I wanted to take this time to really focus on the core teaching that came from the reformation, “Justification by Faith”. That’s also the message of lent. Christ’s work on this earth was centered on justifying (saving) the sinner and it was not about what we have done but what He has done and is received BY FAITH; believing without seeing what God planned and Jesus completed.
Below is the Midweek Sermon Series for Lent and the focus for each week. The recorded messages for each week will be added on this page. If you miss a week, please check here to listen.
Ash Wednesday March 6: The Gospel = The Story + Promise of Christ
Week 2 Wednesday March 15: It is Impossible for Us to Live without Faith (focus will be on the all-important first commandment and will draw on Luther’s brilliant explanation of it in the Large Catechism)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us... Hebrews 12:1