It didn’t seem like a big deal at the time.
It was a Tuesday. It was the day before the townspeople in Wittenberg Germany would be coming to All Saints Church for the celebration of the All Saints Mass. Once a year, Christians around the world joined together in worship along with the faithful cloud of witnesses, the saints who had gone before. All Saints Day was an important day on the church calendar in Germany in 1517.
So, on the day before people would be coming to a special worship service at church, the local pastor, an Augustinian monk, Father Martin Luther posted a document on the door of the church for all to read. Luther was troubled by corruption in the church, and the notice he posted on the church doors addressed his concerns.
95 of them. There were 95 different issues he was concerned about.
Think of his notice as a medieval blog post. And thanks to an emerging new technology in Luther’s day – the printing press – his post went viral.
That seemingly minor event on October 31, 1517 was the spark that ignited the Protestant Reformation.
(An excerpt from Bob Lepine’s recent pastoral blog post.)
In celebration of the 500th anniversary of this event, Bob Lepine joins host Michelle Hill on “FamilyLife This Week” to take a look at its significance in the history of the church. Listeners tuning in to this 2-part series will also hear from R.C. Sproul speaking on Sola Scriptura, the first of five “slogans” that emerged out of the Protestant Reformation.
Don’t miss telling your audience about FamilyLife’s Reformation Day broadcasts, airing October 21 and 28 … because the ministry believes this event is not only important to share but it has a far-reaching impact on the families in your community.
For complete details on the rest of the daily and weekend broadcasts airing this month, download the promo pack now.
Also, if you’re looking for more resources to share with your listeners about Reformation Day, check out our tool kit here.
Grateful for men like Martin Luther and others who sacrificed so much to bring the truth of God’s Word to His people.