“Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” (Psalm 85:6)
Five hundred years ago this month, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the church door in Wittenberg, Germany, and set in motion a movement that rocked Europe. Though many other factors joined to launch the Protestant Reformation, God used a revival in Luther’s heart to start a revival of Christianity in his time.
The first theses read: “When our Lord and Master Jesus Christ said, ‘Repent’ (Matthew 4:17), he willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.”
The last theses read: “And thus, be confident of entering into heaven through many tribulations rather than through the false security of peace” (Acts 14:22).
What a great way to be reminded of God’s love through Christ as we live His teachings in our lives and into others.
Our Scripture today from Psalm 85 calls for a revival that begins with the Holy Spirit working in individual hearts, bringing a refreshing return to God with passion and zeal. Revival is not a random burst of energy and emotion but is based on truth found in the Bible. For Luther and other Reformers of the 16th century, the revival that came to be called the Protestant Reformation was based on five enduring principles.
True Christian faith is based on:
Scripture alone, on salvation in Christ alone, by grace alone and through faith alone — and all of this is for glory to God alone. These five points summarize the key principles of the Reformation.
Are these five lasting principles at work in our lives? Is this what is known about our congregations?
As we ponder these teachings that were rediscovered long ago, may their truth work in our hearts to strengthen and revive us, making us agents of revival wherever God has placed us.
Lord, I believe You have saved me through grace through Your Son, by faith. I thank You and give You all the glory! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.