What Do We Do With The Protestant Reformation? - Rob Ventura

How should the Reformation affect our lives today?

Rob Ventura explains in this video that our job is to take the truths and reforms from the Reformation and see them worked out today. Our job is not to discover new reforms. We must ask, "How do we see those truths fleshed out in the Church today?"

Simply because the Reformation occurred centuries ago does not mean that what came out of the Reformation is irrelevant to us today. Rather, there is much we can learn from the Reformation since the reforms and doctrines were grounded in Scripture.   

Jeremiah 6:16 (NKJV) – “Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls.”

An Alien Righteousness - Sam Waldron

What was one of the most impactful reforms of the Reformation?

Sam Waldron explains in this video that one of the most impactful reforms was Martin Luther’s clear articulation of the doctrine of justification by faith alone. We are justified by the righteousness of Christ alone when we rest on and receive Christ by faith alone.

We must distinguish between that initial justifying faith and the obedience that flows from it. Our obedience is the fruit of justification but not part of it or the basis of it. There is nothing that we can do that can merit salvation.  

Ephesians 2:8 (NKJV) – “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.”

What is the Difference Between Worldly and Godly Sorrow? - Jeff Pollard

How do we understand repentance wrongly?

Jeff Pollard explains in this video that there is a difference between true and wrong repentance. When people are caught in an act of sin and discover themselves in sin, there is a sense of shame and guilt. In fact, everyone feels bad when they get caught in doing something that is wicked. However, some people confuse that sense of shame or guilt with true repentance.

Paul contrasts “worldly sorrow" with “godly sorrow." Worldly sorrow stops at tears and a feeling of guilt. Godly sorrow is something that is worked in the heart by the Holy Spirit that moves the believer into a genuine sense of changing their mind. They understand their guilt and they realize that they’ve sinned against a holy God. The believer has a desire to walk in what is right and leave behind what is sinful.

2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV) - " For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death."

Solomon’s Call For Repentance - Jason Dohm

Where do we see repentance in the Old Testament?

Jason Dohm explains in this video that one illustrative passage about repentance is when Solomon stated: “f My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14, NKJV). 

In the middle of the Old Testament, we have Solomon acknowledging that if a sinful people turned from their wicked ways, God would receive and forgive them. The same is true for us today. God does not change. Repentance is still commanded and God will punish sin. But, He is also gracious, merciful, and forgiving.  

Acts 3:19 (NKJV) - "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord."