Reformation Day October 31, 2020

On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses concerning indulgences on the door of the church in Wittenberg as he had witnessed much abuse “by traders in indulgences, so misunderstood by the people, that if the pope knew what was going on, he would rather see St. Peter’s church go into ashes, than see it built of the skin and bones of his sheep.”

Luther said, “Whatever your heart clings to and confides in that is really your God. The Bible is alive; it speaks to me; It has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me.”

“Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason-I do not accept the authority of popes and councils for they have contradicted each other-my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I can not and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can not do otherwise. God help me. Amen.”

As Christians we do not celebrate Halloween, but Reformation Day which honors Martin Luther and the many believers who have fought for the purity of the Gospel of our LORD Jesus Christ, who have consistantly held to the faith as delivered to the Apostles, His Church, which have solidified her historic doctrines and creeds. Here is a brief playlist including the Luther film and a documentary on Luther produced by Ligonier’s.

The Book of Acts

EGL2020. Although we are still reading through the Old Testament and will continue to do so at our present pace, we have finished our journey through the New Testament. However, we thought that it would be a profitable experience for those who choose to during the remainder of our reading year to experience what it would be like to plunge into an exposition of one book of the New Testament.

We have chosen the Book of Acts. We fondly recall as new believers devouring audio tapes each evening after work. With Bible and pen in hand, we intently listened at our little kitchen table in Santa Monica, California, to Pastor John MacArthur exposit the Book of Revelation and First John.

Much of our exploration of the Word this year has been built upon the foundation of our years at Grace Community Church listening to three live sermons by Pastor MacArthur each week as he taught through the Scriptures verse by verse on Wednesday evening, Sunday morning and Sunday evening. We have utilized his excellent Bibliography on commentaries and helps along with our experience of his multitude of references to historic resources of the church from Gurnall to Owen, to Spurgeon to Watson.

So here’s the plan. While we may not get through the entire Book of Acts, we will be reading the Word along with his two set commentary on Acts and each day posting the verses we will read accompanied by a link to the appropriate sermon on Acts. They are about 50 minutes long, but so worth your time as is the Word of Grace website which is a treasure house which you will want to visit over and over as you continue to mine the riches from God’s Word.

Before we plunge into the verse by verse study of the Book of Acts by Pastor MacArthur, we start today with his excellent introduction. You may not have his commentary set, but neither did we when we first started attending Grace back in 1985. You will definitely want to have your Bible, your pen, highlighters and pad of paper ready for a most profitable journey through this exciting Book.

We look forward to your comments and questions along the way. Please subscribe to this blog for the daily updates. And if you haven’t joined us before on the journey, Welcome aboard!

May God bless us all on this journey,

James and Elizabeth Stephens

Exploring God’s Library

An Introduction to the Book of Acts.