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How God Prepared Martin Luther

October 31, 2017 with No Comments and Posted in Reformation, Weekly Video by

Learn about Martin Luther’s early life, how God prepared him to be an ideal figure to start the Reformation, and how He saved him from striving for righteousness through his works.

A Photo Tour of Wittenburg

October 31, 2017 with No Comments and Posted in Reformation by

The Castle Church from a Distance

The Castle Church from a Distance

A book on display in Luther's House in Wittenberg

A book on display in Luther’s House in Wittenberg

The Town Square

The Town Square

The Castle Church in Wittenberg, where Luther posted the 95 Theses

The Castle Church in Wittenberg, where Luther posted the 95 Theses

The Castle Church door on which Luther would have posted the Theses. The original wooden door burned in the 1700s, so it has been replaced with a metal one on which the Theses are engraved

Inside the Wittenberg Castle Church

Inside the Wittenberg Castle Church

The Organ of the Castle Church

The Organ of the Castle Church

The Pulpit of the Castle Church

The Pulpit of the Castle Church

Luther is Buried at the front of the Castle Church, below the Pulpit

Luther is Buried at the front of the Castle Church, below the Pulpit

St. Mary’s in Witenberg, where Luther Often Preached

Inside St. Mary's in Wittenberg, where Luther Preached

Inside St. Mary’s in Wittenberg, where Luther Preached

A Street in Wittenberg

A Street in Wittenberg

The year 1540 cared into the wall of Luther's House

The year 1540 carved into the wall of Luther’s House

A Street in Wittenburg

A Street in Wittenburg

Martin Luther

Martin Luther

A Statue of Martin Luther in the Sqre

A Statue of Martin Luther in the Square

Seven Ways to Celebrate Reformation Day

October 30, 2017 with No Comments and Posted in Reformation by

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October 31st is the 500th anniversary of Luther’s nailing of his 95 theses to the church door in Wittenburg, which is commonly regarded as the start of the Protestant Reformation. God used Martin Luther and the Reformation not just to bring many people and churches back to His word, but to shape the world in many ways.

We should take this milestone in history to look back and remember what God has done in the past. In this post we’ll give you some resource and ideas of how to do that on this, or any, Reformation Day. Also feel free to leave a comment and let us know how you celebrate.

1. Learn about Martin Luther

Reformation Day is a great opportunity to discover or remind yourself of the story of Martin Luther and the beginning of the Reformation. There are many resources on Luther, for children as well as adults. We suggest the account of Luther’s 95 Theses from History of the Reformation in the 16th Century by J. Merle d’Aubigné in Book III, Chapters 4, 5 and 6. You can find this for free at the Gutenberg Project.

Also stay tuned to Discerning History, we plan to post more video and written materials on Martin Luther over the next few days and weeks.

2. Read the 95 Theses 

Reformation is the anniversary of Luther’s release of the 95 Theses. He intended them as propositions to be discussed in a formal academic debate. This never happened. Instead their publication caused a great stir, and it proved to be the first step towards Luther’s break with the Catholic church. You should consider reading them, or some of them this Reformation Day. You will see both how Luther held many core beliefs that were the foundation of the Reformation, and how unreformed Luther still was. Find them online here.

3. Review the Fundamentals of the Reformation

Reformation Day gives a great chance to review some of the fundamental doctrines of the Reformation – the doctrines of the inerrancy and sufficiency of scripture, the Five Solas of the Reformation, and TULIP, the Five Points of Calvinism. These are great ways to teach the Biblical doctrines of the Reformation to children.

4. Sing Reformation Hymns

The Reformation led to a revitalization of singing and an outpouring of new songs. Luther himself was an avid song writer. Rejoice in God’s providence by singing some classic hymns that have been translated into English:

5. Study Other Reformers

Although the day is scheduled to commemorate the start of the Reformation with Martin Luther, it’s a great opportunity to learn more about the many other men that God used in the past, such as John Calvin, Ulrich Zwingli, John Knox, and many other lesser known figures. You can begin with our Reformation history articles and video here on Discerning History.

6. Have a Reformation Feast

In the Bible we see that God wants His people to rejoice before Him in what He has done. Reformat Day is a great opportunity to do that. Gather with friends and family to eat and review and discuss the history and importance of the Reformation. If you have children there are many ways to get them engaged and excited. You could all dress up as Reformation figures. There are other sites online with more ideas for Reformation Day parties.

7. Listen to the Reformation Polka

On a lighter note, you can listen to the “Reformation Polka,” a fun song about Martin Luther set to the tune of Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.