October 29, 2017
Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.
“Finally God took pity on me. While I was meditating day and night, and examining the implications of the words ‘the righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel, as it is written: the righteous shall live by faith.’ I began to understand that the righteousness of God here means the righteousness which God gives and by which the righteous lives if he has faith…Immediately I felt myself reborn. MARTIN LUTHER
The God who said “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine into Martin Luther’s heart, giving him the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. And slowly but surely as the Reformation began, the darkness of that day gave way to the light of God’s truth, as great pillars of doctrine were rediscovered.
It’s been 500 years!! It’s time to celebrate, and this weekend we have the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the five great doctrinal truths that have lasted for five centuries, timeless truths that still need to resound in our hearts.
FRIDAY EVENING, 6:30 p.m. The movie Luther will be viewed at 6:30 p..m., with a panel led by Erik Thoennes will dive into the implications of what God started through that single man, and in what ways those truths still resound.
SATURDAY 5:00 p.m. Randall Gruendyke will help us see the role that Scripture played in the rediscovery truths that had been lost, and how God’s word must still be the light by which we see and interpret all truth.
SATURDAY 6:00 p.m. Jackson Randall will highlight the beauty of grace, that God’s effort on our behalf can never be overstated, being fully comprehensive and able to save completely.
SUNDAY MORNING In all three services, Erik Thoennes will take us back to Genesis 15, showing us what faith looks like – the kind of faith that God ends up crediting to us as righteousness.
ALSO, SUNDAY MORNING AT 9:30 a.m. AND 11:15 a.m. Alan Gomes and Karin Stetina will help us dig deeper into the lasting effects of the truth rediscovered 500 years ago.
SUNDAY EVENING 5:00 p.m. Rob Lister will remind us that in Christ alone is found all we need for life and godliness.
SUNDAY EVENING 6:00 p.m. An orchestra and choir will fill our stage to explore the great Reformation hymn A MIGHTY FORTRESS, performing an original composition by four Grace composers, as the text comes alive in a new musical setting. In between the four verses, Anna Vollema, Mo Salgado and Jeffrey Hubbard will highlight individuals whose faith down through the centuries has stood firm in trial and testing.
A long and wonderful weekend is ahead of us. Set aside the time, and come join us. By 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening, may we rejoice with Luther that God’s truth still abides, and that His kingdom is forever!