Amazing Things

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do
not see.

Hebrews 11:1

This year affords us an opportunity that appeals to my appreciation of church history. While many will be donning costumes and enjoying the merriment of Halloween, for the church, Sunday, October 31st is Reformation Day!

On that day in 1517, a young religion professor and preacher aired his grievances with the practices of the Catholic church by nailing a list of his thoughts to the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany for all to read. These 95 theses included ideas like forgiveness comes only through repentance and the pope has no power to forgive sins (he could only affirm what God had already done).

This prompted a movement that led to the splintering of various Christian denominations as an event referred to as the Protestant Reformation. As Baptists, we can trace our roots back to this moment. That man who dared defy the church’s teachings and placed himself at the forefront of the argument was a devoted Christian named Martin Luther.

This time of year kicks off a cascade of festivities that carries throughout the rest of the calendar year. While this season provides things to look forward to, those events are also there to help us reflect on the nature of our faith. Faith carries us forward in trying times and unseen territory, as it did generations ago with a 33- year-old German preacher and theology professor.

We’re reminded that people who responded in faith were part of amazing things.

Among all the activities, have fun and be safe, but don’t forget the influence of those people who acted in faith, who made contributions to the church, and how you fit into the bigger picture of all of it. We celebrate all those blessed souls who walked the way before us. We celebrate the efforts of someone like Martin Luther, who had the courage to stand up for what he believed, and when asked to recant, simply stated, “Here I stand, I can do no other.”

As we celebrate what those people mean to us as Christians and as churches, how are we contributing our own efforts, acting in faith so that down the line others will enjoy the benefits of our work?

How are we contributing to amazing things that have yet to be seen?

— Trent Sessoms
Senior Pastor

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