L4L: The Reformation

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In 1517, the great reformer Martin Luther produced his 95 theses, which articulated his objections to perceived corruptions in the Roman Catholic church.

This year Christians around the world celebrate the 500th anniversary of that seminal occasion that forever altered the next six centuries of church history.

Join us as we examine the celebrated, intriguing life of Martin Luther, and discuss the defining moments of the Reformation, including the political and social realities that allowed Luther to succeed when so many other would-be reformers paid with their lives.

Most importantly, perhaps, we will contemplate together the relevance–if any–of the Reformation to the contemporary Christian church (including First Baptist, Regina), and will ask ourselves the critical question: Is Christianity in need of another Reformation?

10 Sessions

Learning for Life: Reformation 500 – Course Outline.

  1. September 10: Introduction and Overview: What is Reformation 500? Why does it  matter?
  2. September 17: The Political Context preceding October, 1517.
  3. September 24: The Social and Cultural Context preceding October, 1517
  4. October 1: Selected Reformers preceding October, 1517
    • Class notes
    • Audio recording of presentation and discussion
    • Common Themes in Early Reformers
      • Primacy of scripture.
      • Prevalence of corruptions in the institutional arms of the church.
      • Ability for the faithful to develop a relationship with God without the mediation of a priest.
      • Repudiation of the requirement that church leaders be celibate and single.
      • Christ alone is the head of the church and God is sovereign.
    • Video on John Huss – The Goose Who Became a Swan (Reformation lecture 1), by Erwin Lutzer
  5. October 15: The Life of Martin Luther
  6. October 22: The life of Martin Luther (the controversies)
  7. October 29: Luther’s Impact:  The 95 Theses
  8. November 5: Luther’s Impact: Theology and the Church
  9. November 12: Relevance to the Contemporary Church, First Baptist
  10. November 19: Concluding Thoughts: Is the church in need of another reformation?

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