October 3, 2017

Don't Forget a Man Named Martin This Reformation and Coming Year
In a few short weeks, congregations around the world will be kicking off yearlong celebrations honoring the 16th-century friar from Germany who, by the grace of God, changed the world, then and now. What better time than the present to plug one of the three Luther-related Bible studies into your church's calendar of events.

In A Man Named Martin - Part 3: The Movement, viewers will see how the work of reformers like John Wycliffe, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and others set in motion societal changes that altered their world and the world we live in today. Through circumstances both tumultuous and commonplace, God was at work, transforming lives and opening pathways for the Gospel to go forth in a way that touched every level of society.

In the years between Martin Luther's 95 Theses (1517) to the signing of the Peace of Westphalia (1648), there were huge changes in the social, political, and theological fabric of Europe. In this third Luther release, viewers will see how the Reformation accelerated the transformation of a world already in flux. While bloody wars and crises in the arenas of politics and theology put a strain on millions in medieval Europe, the march of the Reformation left its imprint on culture and citizen alike. Everything from education, politics, science, theology, marriage, and the family -- even extending to one's vocation and his or her relationship to God -- came under the seminal influence of the Reformation.

From our vantage point, Luther would have been mystified to see how revolutionary his action before the church door at Wittenberg turned out to be. "Luther starts small. It starts innocently, but God has other intentions for this. His intention is to bring truth back to His church, and that's what the real legacy is. The Gospel's being proclaimed again. The promise is there. The clarity of God's truth is there. That's the great heritage. And that, I think, is the responsibility that we who carry the name 'Lutheran' have today," said Dr. Joel Biermann, one of those interviewed for this Bible study.

A Man Named Martin - Part 3: The Movement features five sessions, along with a discussion guide. You can order your copy today by clicking here.

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