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500 Years into the Reformation

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The Reformation

Genesis 3:15 NKJV
And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”
Christ came to defeat the devil, sin and death!
Darkness has been defeated Christ will return for his bride in triumph!
The church has always struggled in one way or another, there have been times of refreshing and growth, and there have been times of trouble!
John 16:33 NKJV
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
God is not restoring His church to the primitive version of the church He is preparing her for eternal life with Him!
Matthew 16:17–18 NKJV
Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
Matthew 16:18 NKJV
And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
The revelation of Jesus is the cornerstone of the Church! This is the pillar on which we stand today!
Ephesians 5:25–27 NKJV
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.
The purpose of of Christ is to restore us back to God so we can become one with Christ and with one another!
Anything that gets in between us and God will be removed!
The reformation is one example of this.
in 1517 Martin Luther wrote 95 theses and nailed them to the church doors
started the largest religious split ever recorded thousands broke off the Roman Catholic Church
Martin was born to a wealthy family and studied to become lawyer.
One July day a violent thunderstorm knocked him to the ground and he yelled! Save me St Anne… and I will become a monk! and so he did!
Luther was driven by a terrible fear of God’s judgment. God was his judge… not saviour!
Luther read his bible fervently and changed the world forever...
He read in Romans that salvation was by grace not works. That it couldn’t be bought by indulgences!
Romans 3:22–24 NKJV
even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,
Romans 3:22-
Romans 1:17 NKJV
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”
One individual close to where Martin lived a Dominican monk named Johann Tetzel
Dominican monk named Johann Tetzel
Eckman, would sell indulgences and say:
“As soon as the coin in the coffer rings, the soul from purgatory springs.”
J. P. (2002). Exploring church history (p. 50). Wheaton, IL: Crossway.
This enraged Luther and lead him to write the 95 theses against indulgences and would initiate one of the largest reformations in the Church!
Luther realized that the key to salvation was not to fear God or be enslaved by religious dogma but to believe that faith alone would bring salvation.
Revelation 22:17 NKJV
And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
Ephesians 2:8–9 NKJV
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
How Luther reformed the Church!
Luther used songs to teach theology, He wrote songs like “ A mighty Fortress is our God” and “ Away in a manger”
The major contributions made by Luther were:
Revelation 22:17
Questioning authority of the church about their teachings
Salvation by Faith
The Bible is for all to read and interpret
He translated the New Testament into German
Since the reformation started many other major events have shaped the church today!
in the 1500’s with Zwingly the Anabaptist started baptizing people again!
The Great awakening’s - (1730-1800) Europe and US
John and Charles Wesley - (founded the methodist church)
Jonathan Edwards - Sinners in the hands of an angry God
George Whitefield - Spoke with great passion and fervor!
The Great Awakening pulled away from ritual, ceremony, sacramentalism, and hierarchy, and made Christianity intensely personal to the average person by fostering a deep sense of spiritual conviction and redemption, and by encouraging introspection and a commitment to a new standard of personal morality. It reflected Romanticism characterized by enthusiasm, emotion, and an appeal to the super-natural. It rejected the skepticism, deism, and rationalism left over from the Enlightenment
The Second Great awakening - (1790)
Pentecostalism - (1900)
The 3 Waves -
Similar to the first -
1st wave - In 1901 at Bethel Bible College, Topeka, Kansas Agna Ozman - Holiness movement - then the 1906 Azusa street Revival which many believe to be the birth of modern Pentecostalism - (Assemblies of God)
Many consider the 1906 Azusa Street Revival as the birth of modern Pentecostalism
Revelation 22:17 NKJV
And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
The largest church in the world is a Pentecostal church in Korea: the Yoido Full Gospel Church pastored by David Yongii Cho. 240,000 attend weekly worship. Two Pentecostal churches in Buenos Aires attract together 150,000 each week.
Revelation
2nd Wave - The New Charismatic movement started in 1960 in Van Nuys California - started in an Episcopalian Church hundreds were getting baptized in the Holy Spirit!
A newspaper article published in 1977 (AP), reported that there were 10 million charismatics in America
3rd Wave - (1980) This movement is also called the Signs and Wonders Movement and the Vineyard Movement. It has been a rapidly growing movement, drawing adherents from both charismatic and non-charismatic churches. The movement stresses "power evangelism" whereby the gospel is explained and demonstrated by way of supernatural signs and wonders.
The largest church in the world is a Pentecostal church in Korea: the Yoido Full Gospel Church pastored by David Yongii Cho. 240,000 attend weekly worship. Two Pentecostal churches in Buenos Aires attract together 150,000 each week.
The largest church in the world is a Pentecostal church in Korea: the Yoido Full Gospel Church pastored by David Yongii Cho. 240,000 attend weekly worship. Two Pentecostal churches in Buenos Aires attract together 150,000 each week.
The largest church in the world is a Pentecostal church in Korea: the Yoido Full Gospel Church pastored by David Yongii Cho. 240,000 attend weekly worship. Two Pentecostal churches in Buenos Aires attract together 150,000 each week.
Pentecostalism has become the fastest growing family of world Christianity. It is growing at a rate of 13 million a year, or 35,000 a day. With nearly a half billion adherents, it is, after Roman Catholicism, the largest Christian tradition.
Revelation 22:16
Revelation 22:16–17 NKJV
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
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