Not Mine, But His

In a matter of days, on October 31, many around the world will be celebrating and others lamenting the 500th anniversary of the actions of a single monk. Considered the opening act of what later became known as the Protestant Reformation, a theology professor in Germany nailed a list of statements to the door of the church, as was the custom of the day when making a public declaration. His goal­: prompt theological conversation regarding certain practices of certain persons within the church in order to strengthen the church’s clarity on the message of the gospel. As is often the case, this kind of discussion is met not only with logical responses, but also emotional responses. Challenging a tradition makes us uncomfortable, creates tension, and hopefully makes us ask lots of questions about what is truly necessary. Unity, after all, cannot be only a facade. Sometimes emotional responses to this kind of tension lead to division, other times to renewed and strengthened commitment to things of prime importance. In our case as a church family, prime importance is the message of the gospel. Paul said it well in his letter to the Corinthians when he stated, “I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (1 Cor 2:2) Join us this Sunday as we take a look at Philippians 3 and consider what it means to find salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone.

Jeff Roe