On the 31st October, 500 years ago, the Protestant Reformation began when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to a church door on Wittenberg Castle church, in Germany. He was protesting against the Indulgences that were then administered by the church, which were a burden to the common people, and he wished to promote issues of grace, repentance and forgiveness, as taught in the Bible, instead of the practices of the Church.
This simple act caused such a reaction from scholars and church leaders and helped to change the way the ordinary men and women viewed the Gospel in Germany and across Europe. It not only transformed Christianity but politics, art, culture and communication.
2017 provides a significant opportunity for the Seventh-day Adventist church to encourage its congregations to:
- Rediscover and share the Good News of the Gospel
- Re-engage in deeper and more meaningful relationships with their local communities
- Reflect on the meaning of reformation in a contemporary world