Series: “What's the Big Idea?"

Sunday, November 12th, 2017: Luther’s Inconvenient Truth” • Pastor David R. Stokes

 

Read: Romans 1:16-17

 

READ: Devotional

 

“At last, by the mercy of God, meditating day and night, I gave heed to the context of the words, namely, ‘In it the righteousness of God is revealed, as it is written, ‘He who through faith is righteous shall live.’ There I began to understand that the righteousness of God is that by which the righteous lives by a gift of God, namely by faith. And this is the meaning: the righteousness of God is revealed by the gospel, namely, the passive righteousness with which merciful God justifies us by faith, as it is written, ‘He who through faith is righteous shall live.’ Here I felt that I was altogether born again and had entered paradise itself through open gates. There a totally other face of the entire Scripture showed itself to me. Thereupon I ran through the Scriptures from memory. I also found in other terms an analogy, as, the work of God, that is, what God does in us, the power of God, with which he makes us strong, the wisdom of God, with which he makes us wise, the strength of God, the salvation of God, the glory of God.” -- Martin Luther

Luther’s aha moment changed his life, as well as the course of history. The cry of the reformation became, “SOLA FIDE”—by faith alone. Faith is the way to access grace, “Sola Gratia”—by grace alone.

Salvation is by GRACE through FAITH plus NOTHING.

 

“Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help my overcome my unbelief."

Mark 9:24 (NIV)

 

 reflect:

  • What is the difference between JUSTIFICATION & SANCTIFICATION?

  • What is the difference between NATURAL faith & SUPERNATURAL faith?

  • What is childlike faith?

 

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