Reformation Month – Ligonier Resources

It’s Reformation month 2021 and that means time to make you aware of some great resources that relate the history of the great Reformation of the 16th century and that reaffirm the glorious gospel recovered during that great return to the Word of God.

In this post, I draw attention to three things that Ligonier Ministries is doing to promote the Reformation this October.

Luther: In Real Time

First is the return of Luther: In Real Time, a special podcast tracing significant events in the life of the great German Reformer, Martin Luther. This is Season 2 and it began this past weekend. Here’s the description and information of this wonderful retelling of Luther’s life (gather around to listen as a family!):

“The Luther: In Real Time podcast is returning for a second season. Walk again with Martin Luther to hear how God used the conviction of a lone German monk to spark the Protestant Reformation, returning the light of the true gospel to a church steeped in error and corruption. Season 2 begins October 8 and will continue every Friday through the end of the year.

“This second season is a 13-episode abridgment of season 1 with added discussion questions to help you, your family, or your study group get even more from the experience. Listen to the high points of Luther’s journey from his heresy charges to his famous stand for the authority of God’s Word, or experience the gripping story of the German Reformer for the first time.

“The trailer for season 2 is available now. Subscribe today to listen, and share the podcast with people of all ages so they can hear—in Luther’s own words—what Protestants are protesting and why it still matters today.

“Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Amazon, Stitcher, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Pandora, or RSS, or by visiting LutherInRealTime.com.”

The second thing is that Ligonier is once again allowing you to stream their Luther documentary free of charge this month. Here’s their notice of that:

More than five hundred years ago, Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg. Little did he know how the Lord would use him to ignite a movement that would change the world.

Throughout the month of October, you can stream Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer for free on Ligonier’s YouTube channel. Watch to remember the events God used in Luther’s life that led him to rediscover the gospel of justification by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone. Don’t forget to tell your friends about this film.

To dig even deeper into Luther’s story and significance, you can also download Ligonier’s free accompanying study guide.
 

And, finally, this month’s Tabletalk Magazine is devoted to the grand Reformation doctrine of justification by faith alone. In his editorial “Justified Now and Forever” introducing this theme, Burk Parsons states the following:

“The doctrine of justification is indeed simple, though we must not have a simplistic understanding of it. We are of course not justified by believing the doctrine of justification—we are justified through faith alone—but if we do not understand the doctrine rightly, we remain hard pressed to fulfill the covenant that God has made with us for our salvation. Further, we know that we are justified by faith alone and that our faith does not remain alone but bears fruit—our good works demonstrate that our faith is indeed genuine, but they never serve as the basis for our acceptance by God. Indeed, our justification isn’t theoretical—our sanctification proves it.

“According to Paul in Romans 1–3, if someone tries to be justified by the law, it is not simply by being a hearer of the law that he will be justified but only if he keeps the entirety of the law will he be justified by God in the end (see Rom. 2:12–16). Yet, we know that none of us is righteous and that none of us mere men can keep the entirety of the Law. But thanks be to God that we have been saved by grace alone through faith alone because of Christ alone. And make no mistake, we are indeed saved by works—Christ’s perfect works in keeping the entirety of the Law, not by our own works. That is why we can sing that the amazing grace that saved us will also lead us home, all by the regenerating, sustaining, and sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit.”

And Michael Reeves fine article on Justification and Assurance contains these powerful thoughts to inform and inspire every true Protestant:

“Justification by faith alone not only brings the joy that the Apostle Paul commands; it simultaneously humbles and emboldens those who cherish it.

“Through justification by faith alone, believers are awakened both to who God is and to who they are. Unlike how they once thought, they realize that He is great, glorious, merciful, and beautiful in His holiness—and they are not. As justification lifts up Christ the super-sufficient Savior, they are like Isaiah, whose vision of the Lord in glory, high and lifted up, caused him to cry: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” (Isa. 6:5). Alternative gospels, where sin is a small problem and so Christ a small savior (or assistant), never have the same effect.

“The humility we learn through justification, glorying in Christ and not ourselves, turns out to be the wellspring of all spiritual health. When our eyes are opened to the love of God for us sinners, we let slip our masks. Condemned as sinners yet justified, we can begin to be honest about ourselves. Loved despite our unloveliness, we begin to love. Given peace with God, we begin to know an inner peace and joy. Shown the magnificence of God above all things, we become more resilient, trembling in wonder at God and not man.

“…The humility Luther found before the majesty and mercy of God was not gloomy or timid, forlorn or feeble. It was full-throated, joyous, and valiant.

“That is the stamp of the humility that is found in justification by faith alone. Captivated by the magnificence of God, such believers will not be so drawn to man-centered therapeutic religion. Under the radiance of His glory, they will not want to establish their own little empires. Their tiny achievements will seem petty, their feuds and personal agendas odious. He will loom large, making them bold to please God and not men. They will not dither or stammer with the gospel. But aware of their own redemption, they will share His meekness and gentleness, not breaking a bruised reed. They will be quick to serve, quick to bless, quick to repent, and quick to laugh at themselves, for their glory is not in themselves but in Christ. This is the happy integrity found through the lifting up of Christ in the good news of justification by faith alone.”

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