Reasons to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation?

If you are thankful you have a Bible you can read and study in your own language;

If you appreciate that Pastor Darin preaches each Sunday in language you can understand;

If you enjoy expressing your praise to God by singing with others in worship;

If you value serving God every day in the way He has gifted you rather than just leaving it up to the “professional clergy;”

If you love the gospel of God’s saving grace provided in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus and available as a free gift to all who by faith believe;

If you are grateful for a church like EvFree where God is worshipped and His Word is taught without dictation from secular government or ecclesiastical traditionalism;

If you hold in high regard the freedom to teach children and young people about Jesus;

If you treasure the sending of missionaries around the world to make Christ known through testimony, preaching, building of schools, hospitals and orphanages, training local church leaders and coming to the aid of those suffering without hope;

If you grasp the significance of living in a land with laws that protect and promote your liberty to worship God to the fullest extent;

If you cherish the ready availability of great books, music and other materials for your own growth and as helpful tools to share with others;

If you hold in high regard the examples of Christian marriage and family life as taught in the Bible and practiced by mature, faithful and forgiving believers;

If you take seriously the biblical reminder to “Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith” (Hebrews 13:7).

As the 500th year celebration of the Reformation continues throughout 2017 certain names of Reformation leaders who were used of God for His glory will be rightly mentioned: Luther, Wycliffe, Tyndale, Hus, Zwingli, Calvin, Knox, Simons, etc. However it is best to keep in mind the great truth declared in the celebration motto of the Missouri Synod Lutherans: REFORMATION 500 . . . IT’S STILL ALL ABOUT JESUS!

—Paul Sailhamer

(Above photo courtesy of Sue and Paul Sailhamer, standing in front of the doorway to the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany where Martin Luther posted his famous 95 Theses on October 31, 1517. The wooden doors are now gone, replaced by a set of bronze doors with Luther’s 95 Theses engraved upon them.)


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