Today is a remarkable day.
For lovers of church history, October 31st is noteworthy for being the date on which Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses upon the church door at Wittenberg. Today is especially notable for being the 500th Anniversary of what Dr. Luther did. The Reformation of European Christendom that began in the 16th Century has shaped the global church, influenced the rise and fall of nations, and reestablished the centrality of the Word for Christians in every generation.
As we remember and celebrate God’s mighty works of providence in history, we must not forget that the Word remains “living, active, sharper than any two-edged sword” (Hebrews 4:12). In fact, through the ministry of the Word, the Spirit of God continues His work of convincing men, women, and children of their sin and misery, enlightening their minds in the knowledge of Christ, and renewing their wills, by which He persuades and enables them to embrace Jesus Christ, freely offered to us in the gospel (seeWestminster Shorter Catechism, Q&A 31).
Ours is an enduring Reformation.
As a theological seminary committed to the Inerrancy of Scripture as expressed in the doctrinal standards of confessional Presbyterianism, we are wholly invested in this enduringReformation. Today, would you pray with us for the future of the church – for this enduring Reformation?
- Pray that the Spirit would continue to draw His people to the Father, through the Son, in whom we have been blessed “with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 1:4).
- Pray for the reformation of the church’s worship, that it would be regulated by the Word of God, unto the glory of God alone.
- Pray a word of thanksgiving for God’s free grace, so brilliantly displayed in the preaching and writing of faithful ministers of the gospel in every age. And finally,
- Pray for the next generation of ministers for the church – “beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest” (Luke 10:2).
Soli Deo Gloria!