23rd Sunday after Pentecost
October 31, 2021 (Reformation)
Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:1-9
Introduction: In celebration of today’s 504th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, I’d like to share some fun facts about Martin Luther.
In his life, Martin Luther:
- Wrote several influential books that explained his teachings on important doctrines. His works, translated into English, have filled 75 volumes thus far.
- Married Katharina Von Bora, one of a group of nuns that Luther had helped to rescue from a convent. They had six children, two of whom died before reaching adulthood.
- Was a prolific hymn writer. Some of them are still being sung today. A Mighty Fortress is Our God is considered one of the great hymns of all time.
- Had his teachings become the cornerstone of a new denomination called Lutheranism. Luther did not want his name used for the new group; he thought they should be called simply Christians, or Evangelicals.
- Taught that reason could enhance faith, when it was enlightened by God’s Holy Spirit.
- Taught that Christians must be obedient to God’s law. He fought against Antinomian teachers who said that the law no longer applied to Christians (Nelson Searcy).