On the Eve of All Saints Day (October 31) 1517, a virtually unknown monk (The Rev. Martin Luther) nailed a list of 95 statements that, he thought, would spark a debate. 95 things that he felt were being abused by the church at large, primarily the church in Rome. These items became known as the 95 Thesis. This list ignited a contraversy that continues even to this day. The majority of them were directed to the use of Indulgences, or purchasing a document that forgave the sins committed, rather than the sacrifice of Jesus Christ dying on the cross. This fact and only this fact is how and why we are forgiven for all of our sins. Martin Luther coined the phrase; Sola Gratia, Sola Fide, Sola Scriptura. Which, for those who have let their Latin slip, translates into; Grace Alone, Faith Alone, and Scripture Alone. As Lutherans we believe that Christ died for the redemption of our sins and by Faith in Him we are saved. A gift from God not because of anything we have or will do, but because of His love for us.
Bethel Lutheran Church is hosting a workshop on September 23rd, given by a Fort Wayne Seminary professor on the subject of one of Martin Luther's many writings, The Smalcald Articles. These articles are a summary of the doctrine Martin Luther composed so that a clear statement of what we as Lutherans believe and hold about the redemptive act of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Please Join us at 11:30 on September 23, 2017 for a luncheon and a workshop based on this small portion of the Book of Concord.